Monday, April 14, 2014

Time Arts Professor Earning National Kudos

Bart Woodstrup, assistant professor of Time Arts in the NIU School of Art, has two current projects that are earning wonderful recognition for him.

Bart's work currently is featured in the Spring Show at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL. Bart has received word that his work, "Dig Yourself," has earned "Best in Show."

Dig Yourself

Simultaneously, Bart's work is touring the U.S. as part of the performances of The Sarajevo Haggadah, a new music composition by Merima Kljuco. These performances have received noteworthy reviews by PBS, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Dallas Morning News, the Times of Israel and the Boston Globe.

Congratulations, Bart!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Art Education Professor Earns National Distinction

We are pleased to announce that Richard Siegesmund, Professor and Head of the Art+Design Education division in the NIU School of Art, has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association (NAEA).

According to the NAEA handbook, "Distinguished Fellows of the National Art Education Association are members of the NAEA recognized for their leadership and service to the Association and to the profession. They all demonstrate a reasonable profile of accomplishment that extends across several criteria." The several criteria include a strong record of publications, presentations at national and international conferences, serving as an editor of a visual journal, research activities, and the like.

Richard joins NIU Art+Design faculty members Kerry Freedman and Doug Boughton as NAEA Distinguished Fellows.

Congratulations, Richard!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Design and Media Arts Professor Creates New Work

NIU School of Art professor of Design and Media Arts Bart Woodstrup recently premiered a new animation in collaboration with composer/accordionist Merima Ključo. The piece, entitled The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book, sold out its first three performances in Putney, Vermont - where it was completed as a part of the Yellow Barn residency program. The piece continues to another sold out performance in Boston on March 26th.

The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book, a multimedia work composed by Bosnian-born, Los Angeles-based accordionist Merima Ključo, traces the highly dramatic story of one of the world’s most famous manuscripts. Featuring Ključo’s use of musical traditions from Spain, Italy, Austria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, together with pianist Seth Knopp and video artist Bart Woodstrup, The Sarajevo Haggadah traces the manuscript’s travels from medieval Spain to 20th century Bosnia, where it was hidden and rescued during World War II by Muslims, to its restoration by the National Museum in Sarajevo after the 1992-1995 war. Touring cities include Austin, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, and others to be announced.

Next to the musical journey of the Haggadah, video artist Bart Woodstrup created a visual backdrop to the music that subtly interweaves the imagery of the Sarajevo Haggadah with elements of the book's history. Inspired by the textures found in the illustrations, as well as the stains and signs of aging found in the book, Bart literally "illuminates" and animates those elements with a variety of digital software techniques. His animations are almost entirely be composed of imagery from the book, yet arranged in an abstract way that blend with the musical composition to make a unified audio-visual experience.

You may view a trailer for the project here, and please also visit the project here.

Dance Program Featured at National Festival

Linnea Norwood and DK Bardlette

 The NIU Dance Program in the School of Theatre and Dance participated in the Central Region American College Dance Festival Conference held at Northeastern Illinois University from March 19-22, 2014.

The conference featured master classes from faculty representing 27 participating university dance programs, including classes taught by NIU dance faculty members Judith Chitwood, Auutmn Eckman, Paula Frasz and Brittany Fridenstine-Keefe.

“Let the Groove Get In,” choreographed by dance major DK Bardlette and pre-med major Derrick Judkkins, was one of ten works (out of 48 adjudicated works) chosen for the Gala Concert. The work was performed by DK Bardlette and dance major Linnea Norwood on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Design/Technology major Stephanie Vera was the lighting designer for the work.

“Let the Groove Get In” was also selected as an alternate for the National College Dance Festival held in Washington, DC in June, 2014.

Congratulations DK, Derrick and Linnea!

Sculpture Professor Earns Kudos

Michael Rea, assistant professor of sculpture in the NIU School of Art, has received several noteworthy mentions for his current exhibition, entitled "Exile on Main Street." Mike's work can be viewed through April 12 at the Devening Projects and Editions, 3039 West Carroll Street, Chicago.

Mike's work has been featured here in Chicago Art World and here as an SFAQ Pick.

Mike will provide an artist's talk this coming Saturday, March 29, at 3:00 p.m. at the Devening space.

Congratulations, Mike!

Art Education Doctoral Student Helps Regional High School

Teri Giobbia with NIU Art Students

 Teri Giobbia, a doctoral candidate in Art + Design Education in the NIU School of Art, recently served as a consultant with the fine arts faculty of Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Teri's work resulted in the redesign of several of the school's courses to incorporate the use of more technology.

Saint Viator's goal is to encourage students to acquire the 21st Century skills of collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving. Keeping those in mind, the new curriculum includes a course entitled "iPad Media Arts," in which students will learn to use the iMovie program to hone their skills in video production, animation, and digital photography. "Advanced 2D," another new course, will have students prepare works with traditional media on paper, while also teaching them to create a digital portfolio.The new "Advanced 3D" course will enable students to utilize contemporary technologies through the use of 3D printing.

Thank you, Teri, for helping create an exciting curriculum for these students!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Guitar Professor Interviewed in Major Jazz Magazine

We're extremely happy to spread the word that Fareed Haque, professor of guitar in the NIU School of Music, is featured in the spring issue of Jazziz Magazine. Fareed was interviewed by Bill Milkowski for the piece. Mr. Milkowski refers to Fareed as having "remarkable fretboard facility" and performing "mind-blowing solos."

The entire piece is available online here. Enjoy!!