Works by two UI alumni are on view in separate exhibitions through Oct. 7 at I space, the UI's Chicago gallery. "Robert Cumming: Sight Themes" features drawings, paintings and photographs by the artist, who earned his master's degree in painting from UIUC in 1967. Cumming's paintings most often feature familiar objects, which are given a new context, new function or new scale. These familiar, but odd, renditions reveal the artist's interest in science and mechanics as well as his intellect and sense of humor. An essay included in the brochure accompanying the exibition was written by Paul Friedman, director of the UI's creative writing program; in it, Friedman considers how artistic ideas are conceived. "Carey Yates: Painting" consists of works on canvas by the Tallahassee, Fla.-based artist who earned his master's degree in painting from UIUC in 1993. Yates, whose background includes experience in theater and literature, creates highly narrative paintings, which typically have a caricature-like quality and socio-political content. Typically, the artist uses humor in his work to communicate serious subjects. I space is locted at 230 W. Superior St., Chicago. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.