Showing posts from 2009

NIU Composer and Percussionist Premiere Work

On Sunday, November 15, NIU Percussion Professor Greg Beyer premiered Maniondala (for MalletKAT) by NIU Composition and Music Theory Professor Robert Fleisher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This special concert was a tribute to UIUC alum, composer-percussionist Michael Manion, a graduate school colleague of Dr. Fleisher's at UIUC 30 years ago and one of the four performers to premiere his percussion quartet, Mandala 1: Synchron, there in 1979. After Manion suffered a massive stroke in 2008 (from which he continues to recuperate), Greg graciously agreed to premiere this work, which he will perform again in DeKalb on April 12, 2010, during the annual NIU Composers Concert.
Pictured above, left to right: Zack Browning, Professor of Composition and Theory, UIUC; Tim Schirmer, Music Instructor, Parkland College; Robert Fleisher, NIU; Greg Beyer, NIU; Scott A. Wyatt, Director, UIUC Experimental Music Studios; and Li Lin, of Fuzhou, China.

Peter Olson Exhibits at Fermilab

Peter Olson, Assistant Director of the NIU Art Museum and noted artist of bird images, has an exhibit of his works currently on display at the Fermilab Art Gallery. The show runs now through February 26, 2010. Peter is providing an artist talk this Friday, December 11, from noon to 1:00, and a reception will take place Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00. You can also get a peek at Pete's work on his website.

The Fermilab Art Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall on the Fermilab campus. Directions can be found here.

Manny Hernandez Traveling to Save More Lives

Manny Hernandez, professor in the NIU School of Art, has become well-known for his life-saving ceramic water filters (see here and here). Manny is now collaborating with Susan Murcott of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Manny, Susan, and several of Susan's students will leave the day after Christmas to travel to Ghana to start a filtering facility there.

Community School of the Arts Announces December Recitals

The NIU Community School of the Arts is pleased to announce their December music performances. All recitals will take place in the Recital Hall of the NIU Music Building unless otherwise noted, and many conclude with a gala reception. All recitals are free and open to the public.Tuesday, Dec. 1: The CSA Symphonette, a group of talented elementary and middle school string students, performs at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The group is directed by Linc Smelser, conductor of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Tuesday, Dec. 1: Students of Georgia Price and Lynn Vogl perform at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Saturday, Dec. 5: The Suzuki violin students of Ann Montzka-Smelser, Karen Weckerly, and Laurie Rodriguez perform solos at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6: Soloists of all ages who enrolled in traditional music lessons with the Community School take center stage at the Showcase Recitals at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7: The Suzuki piano students of Marilyn Montzka and Susa…

NIU Art Museum Now Has Flickr Page

The NIU Art Museum is pleased to announce they now have a Flickr page. Having a page on Flickr allows the museum to post many more photos of events. The first photos are posted, from the current Faculty Biennial Show (which is amazing, by the way!). Please check out the NIU Art Museum's Flickr page here.

Reminder - NIU Jazz Ensemble's Upcoming Performances in Chicago

For those of you in or near Chicago, please support the NIU Jazz Ensemble's CD Release Party at the Jazz Showcase (806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago) on December 16, with shows at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. On December 17, the Jazz Ensemble performs at the famed Midwest Clinic, the world's largest music convention.

For more complete information, please see the original post about these performances here.

Voice/Speech-Language Pathology Collaboration Paying Off

Kim Hoffer

Last year several faculty members with particular expertise in vocal production from the NIU School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance joined forces with faculty from the Speech-Language Pathology program - you can read the original post about this collaboration here. This partnership is already reaping rewards - Kimberly Hoffer of the Speech-Language Pathology area has been accepted to present a poster entitled "SLP Grad Students Take Voice Lessons; Next, American Idol?" The poster presentation will be made at the national convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in New Orleans, November 19-21.

Acting Alum Composes and Performs for New National Commercial

Brandon Kirk, alumnus of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance with a BFA degree in acting, has composed and performed the music for a new national ad campaign by Doritos. The commercial is entitled "Worth Every Bite" and can be viewed online here.

School of Music Composer Earns Accolades

David Maki, assistant professor of music theory and composition in the School of Music, recently had his composition “Lake Sonata” included on the CD, MAPP: The Midwest American Piano Project. The CD was released by Albany Records in January 2009 (TROY 1069). About the composition, critics have called it "a vivid piece" (American Record Guide), and "a convincing formal progression from lovely stasis to a rather noble apotheosis" (Fanfare magazine).

School of Art Alumnus Featured in 'Time Out Chicago'

Ted Harris, a BFA graduate of the illustration program in the School of Art at NIU, has turned to lamp making and is making a name for his creative and artistic work. Ted is featured in the latest issue of Time Out Chicago, and his work, in which he reuses a wide variety of objects, can be found in several stores throughout Chicago. Kudos to Ted for making ecofriendly works of art!

Art Foundations' Coordinator Exhibits in Wisconsin

Cynthia Hellyer-Heinz, Coordinator of the Foundations program for the NIU School of Art, had an exhibit of her work open on Friday, October 30, in Gallery 450 of the Helen Connor Laird Fine Arts Building at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County. The show is entitled "Surrealist Narratives: Drawings by Cynthia Hellyer-Heinz" and will run through December 18.

Cindy's drawings are done in a variety of colored pencils, creating layers of light and dark until the form emerges into saturated color.

Cindy notes that the nature that surrounds her art studio as well as her family provide the inspiration for her visual vocabulary. She is inspired by the continuous changes and metamorphosis of both spirit and body, and she believes that in nature it is possible to see the full potential of life.

A gallery of Hellyer-Heinz's work can be found at her website.

Art Professor's Works on Exhibit in Texas

Yih-Wen Kuo, an Associate Professor in the NIU School of Art, will have several of his works on exhibit at the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His work has evolved out of the traditional concept of the vessel, but he is not interested in making functional pots. He tends to produce simple, universal forms because they evoke multi-dimensional meaning.

Art Professor Becoming Incredibly Busy Saving Lives

NIU School of Art Professor Manny Hernandez is staying incredibly busy with his ceramic water filters that make potable water for millions of people around the world. For those of you not familiar with Manny's work, there are previous posts on this blog and an excellent article here.

These are some of Manny's recent activities:

- a pediatrician based in Baltimore and who is working with a medical group that has been going to Honduras for 10 years will be purchasing ceramic filters manufactured in a different region of Honduras. The manufacturing facility and the filters they make were created under Manny's direction, and will now have significant impact in an additional area.

- a professor of civil engineering from Texas A&M University will be using Manny's filters in Nigeria. Manny successfully set up a filter manufacturing plant in Nigeria during the summer and now will have impact in a second region in that country.

- the Sycamore (IL) Rotary Club has been working …

Music Professor to Perform as Soloist with Panama National Symphony

Liam Teague, assistant professor in the NIU School of Music and co-director of the NIU Steel Band, was recently lauded in the Trinidad Guardian (that nation's most read newspaper). Liam, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, will appear as soloist with the Panama National Symphony on October 27. The Guardian press release reads as follows:

Liam plays Four Seasons

T&T ambassador of pan Liam Teague continues to excel and soar to higher heights as he plies his trade abroad. The gifted and brainy south pannist will be the guest soloist with the Panama National Symphony on Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. The concert is scheduled for October 27 at the National Concert Theater of Panama in Panama City. In addition, Liam will be presenting a clinic on October 30 to the Danilo Perez Foundation. Danilo Perez is considered one of the greatest living jazz pianists in the world and his foundation is dedicated towards the musical development of the Panamanian young people. There are a numb…

NIU Performing at SuperComputing Conference via Internet2

Elaine Lauerman, Internet2 Program Manager for Events and The Commons, has contacted the NIU School of Music to provide a demonstration of Internet2 video technologies for the 21st Annual SuperComputing Conference (SC09) in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, November 16, 2009. Recognized globally as the premier international conference on High Performance Computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis, SC09 will feature the most interesting and innovative HPC scientific and technical applications from around the world.

Lauerman explained, "Internet2 has demonstrated at the Supercomputing Conference for 10 years now, and each year it is a challenge to come up with compelling demonstrations." Ann Doyle, Manager of Internet2 Arts and Humanities Initiatives, recommended Lauerman contact NIU. NIU's demonstration will be the live concert performance of the NIU Jazz Lab Band, directed by Assistant Professor Rodrigo Villanueva, performing from the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in th…

NIU Composer's Works Receive Notable Performances

Robert Fleisher, Coordinator of Composition and Theory for the School of Music at NIU, was a participating composer in the first-ever SoundCrawl:Nashville on October 3. His composition, Loretto Alfresco, was among three dozen electroacoustic works chosen from nearly 250 submissions received from more than a dozen countries. These "fixed-media" works were heard several times, in multiple venues, including galleries in the Arcade building and at the Downtown Presbyterian Church.

From October 8-10, Dr. Fleisher participated in the region V conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. Two of his works were included: Five Songs from Carl Sandburg's "Prairie" for soprano voice and piano, which received a performance by NIU alum Dr. Emily Truckenbrod (currently on the faculty of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville), accompanied by NIU's Dr. William Koehler; and NIU School of Music professors Stephen Duke and Gregory …

Music Professor Greg Beyer earns ASCAP Award

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, has bestowed their annual ASCAPLUS Award on NIU School of Music faculty member Greg Beyer. This is the fifth consecutive year that Greg has won this prestigious award.

Greg has been receiving recognition for his ground-breaking compositions involving the Brazilian instrument known as the berimbau. For 2009, Greg composed for two projects that included the berimbau and the use of max/MSP (a visual programming language for music and real-time digital audio signal processor). These works were performed at New York City’s The Stone, one of the most significant venues for experimental and avant-garde music in the United States.

Greg’s two compositions are “My One and Only Loop” for percussion, piano and interactive electronics, and “The Northern Wind” for solo percussion, berimbau and interactive electronics.

Congratulations, Greg!

Cello Professor to Perform on Famed Chicago Concert Series

Cheng-Hou Lee, assistant professor of cello in the NIU School of Music, will perform on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. The performance in slated for October 28 at 12:00 noon in Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center.

The program will include the Francis Poulenc "Sonata" and "Le Grand Tango" by Astor Piazzolla. Accompanying Cheng-Hou will be Kuang-Hao Huang on piano.

For those who are interested but unable to make the performance, it will be broadcast live on WFMT radio (98.7).

Drew Carey Purchases Work by NIU Art Professor

Daddy's Boy

Michael Barnes, an associate professor of printmaking in the NIU School of Art, has works featured in numerous galleries, exhibitions and museum collections throughout the world. Famed actor/comedian/game show host Drew Carey recently purchased one of Michael's works, "Daddy's Boy," from a gallery in Seattle. In addition to the Seattle gallery and other locations in the United States, Michael has works in several international exhibitions, including the International Graphic Triennial at the National Institute and Museum in Bitola, Republic of Macedonia; the International Print Triennial-Kraków at the Contemporary Art Gallery Bunkier Sztuki in Kraków, Poland; and the International Print Triennial PrintArt Kraków-Katowice at the Rondo Sztuki Gallery in Katowice, Poland. It should be noted that the International Triennial-Krakow is one of the most important print exhibitions in the world. Congratulations, Michael!

NIU Art Museum and Museum Studies Program Earn Top Awards

NIU's Peter Van Ael accepting award from IAM President David Oberg

We are very pleased to report that the NIU Art Museum and the NIU Interdisciplinary Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Studies continue to receive external critical acclaim.

At the annual conference of the Illinois Association of Museums (IAM) held the first week of October in Bloomington-Normal, the organization announced the winners of their 2009 awards for the state’s cultural institutions.

The NIU Art Museum received an IAM Award of Excellence in the Exhibits Category for “Moonlight Cocktails are the Thing.” The exhibition was the third in an ongoing annual collaborative effort between the NIU Art Museum, the NIU Museum Studies Program, and Peter Van Ael's ART 656 Museum Exhibitions and Interpretation class. IAM defines the Award of Excellence as recognizing work of excellent quality that uses available resources well, is creative, and meets professional standards. The awards committee indicated it was du…

Dean Rich Holly Publishes Latest Article

Rich Holly, Dean of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts, had his most recent article published by The Instrumentalist, the most respected and widely-read journal for band and orchestra directors in the U.S. Rich's article, "Advice for Future Music Educators," appears in the October 2009 issue, and is based on his popular book, "Majoring in Music: All the Stuff You Need to Know."

NIU Jazz Ensemble to Appear at Noted Venues

The NIU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of professor Ronald Carter, will perform at the renowned Jazz Showcase in Chicago on December 16, 2009, with shows at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.. The following day the group appears on the program of the world's largest music educators' convention, the MidWest Clinic. All NIU jazz faculty members will appear as guests during the performances, and the December 16 program will begin with special guests the Warren Township High School Band (who are appearing at the Midwest Clinic as well).

The December 16 performance will be a CD Release Party for both the NIU Jazz Ensemble as well as NIU's Liberace Jazztet, who are just back from a successful tour of Colombia.

If you'll be at the Midwest Clinic, please make plans to attend the NIU performances!

Professor Robert Sims Garners Outstanding Review

Robert Sims, professor of voice in the NIU School of Music, received a tremendous review of his recent performance for the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Howard Reich, the noted jazz critic of the Chicago Tribune, heaped praise on Robert and also made note of his upcoming performance with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. You can read the review here.

Avalon String Quartet Opens Chicago Season with Terrific Performance and Reviews

The Avalon String Quartet, NIU's string quartet in residence, opened their 2009-2010 Chicago series on Friday, September 18 at Gottlieb Hall in the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center in the west loop. Appearing with the quartet as guests were violinist Rachel Barton Pine and pianist Matthew Hagle.

Following their outstanding performance, the quartet received excellent reviews from Lawrence A. Johnson of Chicago Classical Review and the well-respected critic John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune. Mr. von Rhein noted "This is quite simply one of the most polished and dynamic young string quartets I have come across."

The remaining concerts on the Avalon's Chicago series are February 10, 2010 at 7:30, featuring guest Yehuda Hanani on 'cello, and April 18, 2010 at 4:00 featuring guest clarinetist Anthony McGill. Tickets are available at

New Publication by School of Art Visiting Assistant Professor

Bart Bridger Woodstrup (BFA 1995, MM 1999 and current Visiting Assistant Professor of Time Arts) published an excerpt from his 2007 master's thesis "Climate Control" in Predictions (2009) edited by Cara Benson and published by Chain Links.

About Climate Control:

Global climate change and its effect on weather patterns is a concern that affects our collective scientific and cultural consciousness. The Climate Control WEAMOD CC2007 is an interactive video art installation that metaphorically represents the human desire to control climate. Documentation of current weather modification practices were digitally parsed and recombined to form this narrative of contemporary catastrophic weather events and their prevention. As the earth's resources increasingly succumb to the human grasp, Climate Control questions whether the next step is the construction of a human-desirable climate.

About Predictions:

Edited by Cara Benson, with contributors Paul Raskin, Bart Bridger Woodstrup…

Voice Professor's Investigation Proves Rewarding

Myron Myers, Professor of Voice in the NIU School of Music, has unearthed a digitally-remastered version of a world-renowned (and previously unpreserved) film. "Kindertotenlieder" is one of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler's most noted works, premiering in 1905. In 1976, Austrian filmaker Titus Leber made a short film entitled "Kindertotenlieder" which went on to great acclaim and garnered awards the Valladolid and Cannes film festivals in addition to being a nominee for an Academy Award. The film features the great Viennese actress, Elisabeth Kallina, who had a major career at the largest and most prestigious theater in Vienna, the Burgtheater. Ms. Kallina was one of Professor Myers' teachers, and ultimately became his mentor and friend. Upon her death in 2004, Professor Myers discovered that the film had not been preserved correctly, which set him on a course to find Titus Leber. Successfully finding him, now living in Indonesia, Herr Leber thankfully had …

School of Music Director to Present at International Conference

Paul Bauer, Director of the NIU School of Music, has been active working with the NIU Media Services and Information Technology Services departments to make the School of Music one of the most highly equipped schools of any discipline in regards to Internet2 and webcasting capabilities. Through years of experimentation and research into equipment, software, internet-specific needs and the like, Dr. Bauer is fast-becoming a highly-recognized expert in this field.

Dr. Bauer has been invited by the Internet2 consortium leaders to present at their annual meeting in San Antonio in October. Because it is all about the use of Internet2, Dr. Bauer will be able to make his presentation from here in the NIU School of Music to the folks at the conference in San Antonio.

Art Professor Collaborates with Noted NIU Alum/Business Professor

Manny Hernandez

Dennis Barsema

NIU School of Art Professor Manny Hernandez, who continues to help people make potable water in poverty-stricken areas throughout the world, will collaborate with Dennis Barsema, noted NIU alum and currently a professor in the NIU College of Business. Dennis has much experience working with people who live in poor communities around the globe, so matching the work of Manny and Dennis is a natural fit. To learn more about Manny's work, see this earlier post. To learn more about Dennis' work in this arena, check out this article in the DeKalb Chronicle.

Voice Professor Sings for Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

Robert Sims, Professor of Voice in the NIU School of Music, will perform on Saturday, September 19 at the Patriot Award Dinner as part of the annual convention for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Robert joins actor/musician Gary Sinise, the Chicago Mass Choir, and the U.S. Army Chorus in saluting the 2009 recipients.

Renowned Chinese Music Professor in Residence at NIU

Professor Yao-Hua Wang of National Fu-Jian Normal University in China, renowned ethnomusicologist, will visit the NIU school of Music from September 17 to October 13. During his visit, Professor Wang will be lecturing about Chinese music on topics such as traditional Han court music, religious music, and the folk music (instrumental, vocal, and narrative genres) of various regions in China. Chinese music theory and philosophy will also be discussed in his lectures. A prolific author in both Chinese and Japanese, Professor Wang has published hundreds of monographs and journal articles on traditional Chinese music, Japanese Okinawan folk music and Nanyin, the classical chamber music of the Han tradition. He is also the chief editor of a series of college music textbooks on Chinese and world music. Internationally active in prominent musicology organizations, he has chaired several conferences including the 37th World Conference of the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) i…

2009 Edition of Visual Culture and Gender Journal Now Online

The 2009 issue of the edgy, hip online journal "Visual Culture and Gender" is now available online. Professor Debbie Smith-Shank of the NIU School of Art is co-editor of the journal. A new feature in the 2009 volume is "VoiceThread," where readers have the opportunity to record their ideas about the journal and the ideas in the articles. Check it out today!

Crafting Maya Identity

Jeff Kowalski, professor in NIU's School of Art, has compiled a tremendous exhibit, catalog and symposium entitled "Crafting Maya Identity."

The exhibit features the woodcarvings of four contemporary Mayan artists and is on display in the Jack Olson Gallery in the NIU School of Art through September 25. On Saturday, September 19, a day-long symposium featuring Maya experts from across the United States will take place in room 200 of Barsema Hall (the home of the College of Business) on the NIU campus. The symposium is free of charge.

There is a great deal of information regarding the project and symposium at the Crafting Maya Identity website - please check it out!

Japanese Theatre Comes to NIU

NIU School of Music professor Greg Beyer performed in a world-premiere event in New York City this past May. "The Woman in the Dunes" is a novel by Kobo Abe and was subsequently made into a film in 1964 (an award winner at Cannes that year) that tells a love story from the man's point of view. This past spring's premiere performance is a new play that tells the story from the woman's point of view. We are proud that the second performances of this unique play will be performed at NIU.

The play features the acting of celebrated Japanese actress Midori Kanazawa, the music of Japanese composer Akemi Naito, professor Beyer's performance, and video art by Kristine Marx. All guests will also present workshops to NIU students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Live performances will be held Sunday, September 20 and Monday, September 21, at 8:00 pm in the NIU Music Building Recital Hall. Admission is free, but seating is limited so tickets are required. To r…

Ms. Shabazz to Appear at NIU

The Northern Illinois University Art Education Division is proud to announce their speaker for fall 2009, Ms. Shabazz. Ms. Shabazz, the eldest daughter of Malcolm X Shabazz, is a producer, writer, diplomat, and a captivating speaker. Her significant associations and relationships encompass youth and academic administrations, business institutions, government embassies, diplomatic offices, international chambers of commerce, communications networks and notables of the entertainment world and human-interest communities.

Ms. Shabazz will be delivering an open lecture from 5:00-5:50 pm on Tuesday, September 29th, in the NIU School of Art, Jack Arends Hall, Room 100. Her lecture will be titled: "MALCOLM X SHABAZZ: The Man and Father Away from the Podium." Shortly following, at 6:30 pm, a reception in honor of Ms. Shabazz's visit will be held at the NIU Center for Black studies.

Voice Professor Forges Unique Partnerships

Professor Myron Myers of the voice faculty in the NIU School of Music has been forming partnerships and collaborations across our campus to benefit our voice and theatre students. Professor Myers has been working with Professor Kim Hoffer of the NIU Speech and Hearing Clinic, Professor Stanton Davis in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, and Dr. Mary Lynn Doherty in the NIU School of Music. Thus far the collaborations have allowed students in the Pedagogy of Singing course to work with students at the Speech and Hearing clinic by teaching them vocal lessons.

Other upcoming collaborations include screening voice and theatre students for polyps, nodules and acid reflux, and a summer workshop for high school teachers of voice and theatre that would educate them to the current research in audiology and voice disorders as well as strategies for working with their students.

Art Education Professor Receives National Distinction

Debbie Smith-Shank, professor of Art Education at NIU, learned last week that she has been chosen as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association. The press release notes: "This title is conferred on NAEA members who have made distinguished contributions to the work of the Association. Presently, there are about 80 NAEA Distinguished Fellows. The NAEA Distinguished Fellows was established in 1982 with duties and responsibilities, criteria, and selection processes and administration. Along with his honor comes responsibility. This an opportune time for you to offer your services to the NAEA membership."

Dr. Smith-Shank's responded to learning of this honor by stating "I am so honored to have been selected to be part of this very special group of art educators!" She will be inducted during the first general session of the 2010 NAEA convention in Baltimore, Maryland, April 14 - 18.

It's also important to note that Dr. Smith-Shank joins NIU…

Theatre Professor Designs Set for 2010 Ford Taurus Launch

Terrence McClellan, Professor in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, was chosen to design the environment to introduce the world to the new Ford Taurus earlier this year.

Professor McClellan created a unique scenic environment in Knoxville, Tennessee which served to communicate the new design, systems and features of the Ford Taurus to the international automotive press and media. He organized a team of lighting, video and audio professionals in implementing his design for the introduction of Ford's highly-anticipated flagship vehicle.

The invited audience at the Knoxville Convention Center approached the main exhibit through a dramatically lit, midnight blue entryway lined with art photographs evocative of the inspirational elements cited by the vehicle designers. The entry space led into a contemporary, museum-like exhibit space. A Taurus vehicle was centrally displayed as if floating on a glass surface cut into the plush carpet and surrounded by multiple plasma video screens a…

NIU School of Art Partners with ART:21

The NIU School of Art, in partnership with Art21, Inc. as part of its Art21 Access ’09 initiative, presents a sneak preview of the fifth season of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art. Viewings will take place on October 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Jack Arends Building in Room 100 at 9:00 p.m. This international event coincides with NIU’s ARTLAB theme “Thinking Globally," a year of research, dialogue, programming and pedagogy focusing on the impact of globalization on the production and perception of cultural meaning. This event is free and open to the public.

The following episodes will be screened:
OCTOBER 7, 2009
Episode 1: Compassion
This episode features artists whose works explore the possibility of understanding and reconciling past and present, while exposing injustice and expressing tolerance for others. William Kentridge, Carrie Mae Weems and Doris Salcedo are featured.

OCTOBER 14, 2009

Assistant Director of Art Museum Featured in Exhibition

Peter Olson, Assistant Director of the NIU Art Museum, will have an exhibition of his prints and drawings at Aurora University from September 8 through November 9, 2009. The exhibition is entitled "...of a Feather," and will feature Pete's well-known artistry depicting birds. Pete will also present a drawing workshop for Aurora University students as well as work with students in their recently-developed museum studies program.

Manny Hernandez's Water Filters Subject of CNN Report

Manny Hernandez, Professor in the NIU School of Art and the subject of an earlier post this summer, joined forces in Tanzania with Filter Pure to make a factory that produces his ceramic water filters. His ground-breaking work in making inexpensive purified water available to third world countries is finally getting national attention. While Manny's name is not mentioned in the video, please check out the CNN video report about the filters.

In addition, Manny is leading a conference call for the Center for Disease Control, the subject of which is his water filters. Others on the call will include university professors as well as people from around the world who are involved in the production of his filter.

School of Music Professor Wins International Prize

On August 12, 2009, School of Music professor Gregory Barrett won second prize in the Research Competition of the International Clarinet Association (ICA). Dr. Barrett gave a 25-minute presentation at the ICA conference in Porto, Portugal, with slides and recorded sound examples about the "Musical World of Aage Oxenvad." Oxenvad was the leading Danish clarinetist in the first half of the 20th century, and Carl Nielsen and other prominent Danish composers wrote several works for him. Some of the works are unpublished and Dr. Barrett found their manuscripts in the Royal Library in Copenhagen during his spring 2008 sabbatical.

ARTLab launches "Thinking Globally"

ARTLab, an interdisciplinary project of the School of Art at NIU, is about to launch "Thinking Globally," a year of research, dialogue, programming, and pedagogy focusing on the impact of globalization on the production and perception of cultural meaning.

"Thinking Globally" will take place across several platforms this fall and spring, including our Salon Series, meeting alternate Fridays, 3:00-5:00pm beginning September 11th in the School of Art's Jack Olson Gallery and featuring screenings, topical readings, and discussion among NIU faculty, students, and guests, a symposium entitled "Thinking Globally," held in Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, Friday, October 23rd, 9:30am-4:30pm featuring presentations by NIU faculty from multiple departments (Anthropology, Art Education, Art History, Geography, History, Marketing, Music, Sociology, Spanish Language and Literature, and Studio Art), a team-taught seminar class, ART 680, in Spring 2010, and HOME, …

Theatre Professor Designs Showcase for Major National Convention

Terrence McClellan, Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance, was selected to design the 22,000 square foot “Broadband Nation” showcase exhibit which served as the centerpiece of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) Cable Show ’09 event in early April at the Washington D.C. Convention Center.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke opened the exhibit which was attended by over 12,000 including 100 members of Congress and more than 300 federal officials and Congressional staffers. The design project, which spanned over 6 months, produced a Main Street America-themed technology showcase highlighting the services, technology and benefits associated with cable’s broadband telecommunications platform. Over 35 companies were ultimately integrated into the exhibit including Cisco Systems, C-SPAN, Disney Enterprises, Cerner Corporation, Dolby Laboratories, Intel Corporation, Motorola, Sony Electronics and CNN Student News.

The design was conceived as a streetscape of cont…

Art Education Professor Earns Prominent Invitation

Deborah Smith-Shank, Professor of Art Education, was selected as a representative to the World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE) Summit to take place in Newcastle, England, October 31-November 2, 2009.

The aims of the 2009 Summit are to prepare the WAAE’s contribution to the 2010 UNESCO World Conference in Arts Education, and to develop the relationship between creative pedagogies and the cultivation of knowledge-based societies that nurture sustainable development, global solidarity, cooperation and human rights through strategic partnerships between the WAAE, industry, civil society and government representatives.At the 2009 summit WAAE hopes to make significant progress toward their aims which are focused through five specific objectives:

1. To produce a Joint Declaration which responds to the diversity of challenges in implementing creative pedagogies of transformation and to the recommendations of the 2006 UNESCO Road Map for Arts Education;

2. To advance the integration of New Med…