1. American Portrait
  2. Shavonne's Year

Episode Three: Art Discoveries

Good vibes only.

What was it really like for college students trying to navigate classes, jobs, and life during a pandemic? Illinois Public Media’s documentary series American Portrait | Central Illinois is back with Shavonne’s Year—a multipart social media series following Shavonne Cole through her junior year (Aug. 2020-May 2021) as a Media and Cinema Studies major in the College of Media at Illinois. Shavonne documents her life, living and working on campus while attending classes virtually.

Shavonne makes an “Art Discovery” in the form of an off-campus street mural by Illinois graduate and Champaign-Urbana native Langston Allston, who is enjoying buzz in the art world. 

Back in 2015, Illinois Public Media featured Allston in an ART/BTS episode. You can view it below:

Langston Allston mural locations featured in "Shavonne's Year: Art Discoveries":

North First Street Barbershop
204 N 1st St #1, Champaign, IL 61820

See You CD and Vinyl
208 W Main St #2714, Urbana, IL 61801

Exile on Main
100 N Chestnut St #120, Champaign, IL 61820

Exterior wall of Shatterglass Studios
309 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820

Note: Others can be found scattered around downtown Champaign and around the great Champaign-Urbana area, including on the sides of private residences.