Showing posts from October, 2010

School of Art Holds First Annual Northern Iron Union Pour

Iron casting has experienced a resurgence in contemporary sculpture over the past decade and is explored in a range of experimental work, November 1 through 6, in conjunction with Northern Illinois University’s School of Art. The "Northern Iron Union Pour" is being hosted in part by the Sculpture Program of NIU's School of Art. The conference will bring together metal casters and artists from across the country.

Kicking off the conference activities, students, faculty and invited guests will create two-piece resin-bonded sand molds to be used in the iron pour. There will also be various demonstrations and lectures by NIU professors and outside speakers. In concurrence with the conference’s events, the public is invited to the iron pour, all day on Saturday, November 6, 2010, in the sculpture yard located at the south west corner of the Visual Arts Building, Jack Arends Hall, on the University’s DeKalb campus. Observers will witness scrap iron transformed into molten met…

Art Cafe @ Second Life a Huge Hit at NIU STEMfest

We are pleased to report that our exhibit booth for the Art Cafe @ Second Life at NIU's first-ever STEMfest was very successful. The booth attracted many children and parents to play in the Art Café within the Second Life environment. The children who participated were happy to get a color printout of their screen-shots as they explored and played outdoor and art activities in the Art Café. Faculty and students involved in the project were able to play the videos and slide shows of student Second Life projects and they received a great deal of attention from the event participants.

Congratulations to NIU Art Education professor Lilly Lu and her students for such a great job at such a worthy event!

School of Art Welcomes Renowned Scholar

We are privileged to have Rachel Mason at NIU as a Visiting Professor in the NIU art education program for the 2010 - 2011 academic year. Dr. Mason is a Professor in Art Education at Roehampton University in London where she directs the doctoral program and research in art education.

Professor Mason has an international reputation for her work in art education and multiculturalism. She has taught art and art education in many countries and was founding editor of The International Journal of Education through Art. She has directed a number of large scale national and international research projects funded by, among others the European Union,
British Council, Arts and Crafts Councils of England and the Department for Education and Skills. Professor Mason is a consultant for the Hong Kong Accreditation Council and the Research and Development Centre in Fine Arts Education in Asia at Capital Normal University in Beijing.

Ben Mahmoud Memorial Retrospective and Auction To Be Held

Ben Mahmoud was a highly valued faculty member in the NIU School of Art and was a world-renowned artist. Ben passed away from Lou Gehrig's disease on June 2, 2009. In conjunction with the ALS Association of Greater Chicago, Ben's family has arranged for a memorial retrospective and silent auction.All proceeds from this event will be donated to the ALS Association, Greater Chicago Chapter. Select pieces from the Ben’s private collection of sculptures, paintings and limited edition artistamps will be on exhibit and available for purchase.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 from 5:30-9:30PM

77 West Huron at Clark Street

Chicago, Illinois

Please RSVP by Friday, October 29, 2010

Email -

Or call (312) 932-0000

You can follow the event on Facebook at Ben Mahmoud Retrospective. In addition, you may view Ben’s work at

Visiting Architecture Professor to Lecture on "Egyptomania in Baroque Rome"

The NIU School of Art welcomes Ingrid Rowland, a professor at the University of Notre Dame-Rome School of Architecture, to the NIU campus on Monday, October 25. Dr. Rowland's lecture is entitled “Egyptomania in Baroque Rome.” The lecture will be held in Room 100 of the Visual Arts Building, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by members of the Division of Art History at NIU, and funded by the Elizabeth Allen Visiting Lectures in Art History and the NIU School of Art Visiting Artists and Scholars Program.

More information about events at the NIU School of Art and the Division of Art History is available online.

British Ethnomusicologist Presents His Film on Vietnamese Musicians

Dr. Barley Norton, noted ethnomusicologist in the music department at Goldsmiths, University of London, will be on the NIU campus to screen and discuss his film, "Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh" on Monday, November 8, 2010.

Dr. Norton's documentaryfollows the challenges faced by the groundbreaking and controversial Vietnamese band Dai Lam Linh, while rehearsing and performing in their hometown of Hanoi. It shows how the band came together to create a unique form of popular music, which is both international in outlook and rooted in Vietnamese traditions and aesthetics. Followed by scandal at every turn for their experimental sound and their use of sexually explicit lyrics, the band have dared to flout taboos and fight for their creative freedom. Shunned by state-run organizations and disliked by the Vietnamese censors, the band was only able to record their debut album because of support from the Centre Culturel Français de Hanoi. Dai Lam Linh’s story of creativ…

NIU Marching Band Featured on Monday Night Football

The NIU Huskie Marching Band, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Bough, provided the halftime entertainment for the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers game on ESPN's Monday Night Football on September 27. A capacity crowd of more than 61,000 was on hand to enjoy the music and excitement provided by the band, color guard and Silverettes dance corps. It was a thrilling experience for the band members, virtually all of whom look forward to another such opportunity.

The drumline of the NIU Huskie Marching Band met up with the Chicago Bears' drumline to mingle and for a photo op - five of the current members of the Chicago Bears' drumline are either current NIU students or alums!