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Many know Robert Zuppke (1879-1957) as Illinois’ longest-serving football coach, whose teams won or tied for four national championships and seven conference championships between 1913 and 1941.

But he also was an in-demand motivational speaker, a syndicated sports
writer, co-author of a popular sports comic strip, and an accomplished
and prolific artist.

This Homecoming, the University of Illinois Alumni Association celebrates
Robert Zuppke, the artist. Curated from the collections of the UI Alumni
Association, University Archives, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and
others, The Art of Coach Bob Zuppke exhibition includes more than 20 of
his oil paintings, watercolors and sketches. It also features photos and
artifacts from the Zuppke era at Illinois.

Homecoming Weekend
Oct. 28-30, 2016

Alice Campbell Alumni Center
601 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL

Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-End of football game
Sunday: 9 a.m.-Noon

Read more about Coach Zuppke’s passion for art.

Can’t make it back for Homecoming? The exhibition will run until
Dec. 23, 2016. To view exhibition hours, click here.

Questions? Call the UI Alumni Association at 800-355-2586
or email


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