Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gallery Director's Work Included in Exhibition


Peter Van Ael, Coordinator of the Olson Gallery in the NIU School of Art and Design, is one of 36 artists included in the Mid America Print Council Member's Juried Exhibition held at the Wayne State University Art Department Gallery to coincide with the annual MAPC Conference held in Detroit this year.

MAPC is one of two national organizations for printmakers, the other being the Southern Graphics Council. Both started as regional organizations and now have a national presence. NIU printmaking professor Mike Barnes is actively involved with SGC.

The exhibition was juried by Marilyn Symmes (Director, Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts & Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ). The exhibition runs from September 12 – October 17, 2014, and the Mid-America Print Council (MAPC) Conference dates are September 24 - 27.

Congratulations, Peter!

Photography Professor's Work Featured

Jessica Labatte, assistant professor of photography in the NIU School of Art and Design, has two works featured in an online exhibition entitled "New Cats in Art Photography." The exhibition is curated by Jon Feinstein for the Humble Arts Foundation in New York.

According to Mr. Feinstein, the exhibition "...will give you a glimpse into how cats make their way into the work some of today’s most challenging (and diverse) photographers."

Jessica's pieces are:

 Black Cat, 2014
archival inkjet print

Cat Toy (found at the MCA Chicago's Family Day workshop), 2014
archival inkjet print

Congratulations, Jessica!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Art Museum Announces Get on the Bus Trip to David Bowie Exhibition

The NIU Art Museum announces that the date and time are finalized for the trip to see the exhibition DAVID BOWIE IS... at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

The bus trip will be Thursday, October 16 to go view this timed, ticketed, highly anticipated, collossal multi-media exhibition celebrating the collaborative creativity of rock legend David Bowie.

Load Bus: 1:30, NIU School of Art and Design Parking Lot

Departure: 1:45 p.m.

Return Arrival: @9:45 p.m.

Transportation and Discounted Exhibition Tickets with Audio:

    NIU Art Museum Members: $34.50   
    Student/Senior non member: $38
    Other: $45

 Registration/Payment deadline: Tuesday, 10/14/14

 We have a limited number of tickets /confirmation is based on payment.

This NIU Art Museum Get-On-The-Bus Trip is offered in conjunction with our
Gender and Identity Exhibition Suite. Member discount will be extended
to those registering through the GSRC at NIU.

For more information contact Jo Burke at

Art Graduate Student Creates Mosaic on Campus

In the spring of 2014, the NIU Office of Registration and Records approached professor Billie Giese in the School of Art and Design with an opportunity for a student to create a mural for their department entrance. Having developed a relationship over the course of the school year, Professor Giese directed them to graduate student Danielle Dobies, who regularly participates in public mosaic mural making.

During summer 2013, Danielle Dobies conducted a collaborative mosaic mural workshop with the NIU Women's Studies department during which participants learned the process, developed a design, and created a large-scale mosaic mural which now hangs in Reavis Hall on campus. Danielle Dobies is a third-year MFA candidate in the SoA with a concentration in sculpture. She developed her love of mosaics and public murals in her undergraduate career at Elmhurst College, and when this opportunity with Registration and Records arose, she gladly accepted.

The mural was created in her home studio over the course of the summer. By speaking with Registration and Records employee Candy Buie and director Jerry Montag, a concept was developed which would showcase the school mascot and highlight the campus architecture and rural setting.

To execute a mosaic mural, the final sketch is projected to scale and traced on graph paper. The resulting "cartoon" is laid upon a table and tiles are cut and placed on top, then taped in place. Once all pieces are cut and taped, the tiles can be lifted as a solid sheet and placed on a mortared concrete board. The final step is to grout and hang. The Huskie mural was installed in August just before the first week of 2014 fall classes.

Congratulations, Danielle, and thank you for making NIU offices into welcoming spaces!

School of Music Alumna Earns Major Fellowship

NIU School of Music alumna Kerry O'Brien has recently been awarded a prestigious American Association of University Women Fellowship. Kerry is completing her Ph.D. work at Indiana University with a major in musicology.

Kerry's project that earned the fellowship is entitled "Wireless Experimentalism: Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), 1966-71.

Kerry’s research examines the early history of Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT), an organization designed as a matching agency for artists and engineers interested in multidisciplinary collaboration. She argues that musicians active within this organization used sound to register and manifest what EAT’s founders described as their “technological environment.”

Congratulations, Kerry!

Photography Instructor Featured in Chicago Magazine

We're very pleased and excited for NIU School of Art and Design photography instructor Assaf  Evron who is featured in the latest issue of Chicago Magazine.

Assaf is noted as one of "Four Rising Chicago Artists Worth Investing In." In the article, his work is noted as being " and subtle and appealingly enigmatic. It lingers with you."

In addition, Assaf's work is now on display in two exhibitions simultaneously: at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in a show called Phantoms in the Dirt, which runs through October 5, and at the Hyde Park Art Center in a show called The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle, which runs through November 23.

Congratulations, Assaf!

Friday, August 29, 2014

MFA Acting Alumna Becomes Famous in Japan

Cover of Backstage magazine

Charlotte Fox, a 2013 graduate of the MFA in Acting program in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, took a chance and through that has become famous as an actor on a TV series in Japan. Because of her new notoriety, Charlotte is on the cover of, and featured inside, the new issue of Backstage magazine. Backstage is the primary source of auditions and industry news for actors on both coasts and across the United States.

Our friends at NIU Today have written about Charlotte's accomplishment - please check out the NIU Today article here and the Backstage article here.

Congratulations, Charlotte!