Showing posts from August, 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 Some of the works are unpublished and Dr.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…