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7:04 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Roger Ebert statue unveiled in Champaign

Artist Rick Harney poses next to his bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert on April 24, 2014 in Champaign, Ill.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

A life-sized bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert was unveiled Thursday outside the Virginia Theater in Champaign. The artist who designed the statue of the late movie critic sitting between two empty theater seats says the piece took six months to complete. 

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State News
1:31 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Campaign to build sculpture of Roger Ebert

Credit Jeff Bossert / IPR/WILL

When filmgoers attend Roger Ebert’s 16th annual film festival in Champaign next spring, they’ll be able to pose with the famous Urbana native. A fundraiser campaign aims to build a life-size sculpture of Ebert, and unveil it as part of the festival in late April, outside the Virginia Theatre.  The bronze tribute to the late Urbana native and longtime Chicago Sun-Times critic places him in the middle of three theater seats, giving the trademark ‘thumbs up.’

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9:18 am
Thu April 18, 2013

15th annual Ebertfest goes on in Champaign

Two weeks after losing the man who started it all, the 15thannual Ebertfest goes on in Champaign.  

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