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Manny Hernandez Continues to Save Lives

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Manny, right, helping to construct the kiln in Burkina Faso

The completed kiln in Burkina Faso

Water filter production facility in Ghana


Manny Hernandez, Professor Emeritus from the NIU School of Art, is busier than ever working with local residents throughout the world to provide potable water to their communities. As frequent readers of this blog know, Manny developed an inexpensive ceramic water filter that costs approximately $30.00 to make and will last a family of five for five years.

In the past two months Manny has been in Burkina Faso, Ghana, the Dominican Republic and Haiti building kilns and filter production facilities. One of Manny's former students, Lisa Ballantine, who owns and operates a non-profit organization devoted to producing these filters, just opened a filter production facility in Haiti with Manny's help. Manny will return to Haiti in 2011 following trips back to Ghana and the Dominican Republic. While in Haiti this next time, Manny will work on opening an…

"Tattoo" at School of Art's Gallery 214

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The NIU Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies Program and ART 655 Curatorial Practice course members invite you to “Tattoo: An American Evolution.” The exhibition runs from November 8 through November 19, 2010 in Gallery 214 in the Visual Arts Building. The gallery is open M-TH 10:00-4:00 and F 10:00-12:00.

NIU a Big Winner at Annual Museum Awards Ceremony

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The Northern Illinois University College of Visual and Performing Arts was a big winner at the recent 2010 awards ceremony of the Illinois Association of Museums. Congratulations go to the NIU Museum Studies graduate certificate program, the NIU Art Museum, and the Jack Olson Gallery in the NIU School of Art. While there were numerous NIU faculty, staff and students engaged in curatorial, authoring and editing work in order for our exhibits to earn these awards, in particular, Kudos go to Peter Van Ael, director of the Olson Gallery and coordinator of the Museum Studies certificate program, Jo Burke, Director of the NIU Art Museum, and art history Professor Jeff Kowalski.

Awards received include:

Percussion Professor Earns Rave Review

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Greg Beyer, Associate Professor of Percussion at NIU, recently performed in concert at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. The concert was the second in the three-concert inauguration of the museum's new "Soundings" series.

Greg's performance earned him a rave review from reviewer Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News. Among other things, Cantrell says "Violinist Curtis Macomber and marimbist Gregory Beyer coordinated...with uncanny virtuosity."

The complete review may be found here.

Congratulations, Greg!

Renowned Operatic Tenor Visits NIU

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One of the leading operatic tenors of our day, Frank Lopardo, will visit the NIU School of Music on Wednesday, December 1, to present a vocal master class. Mr. Lopardo has performed major roles several times at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, Chicago's Lyric Opera, and with numerous other noted opera companies throughout the world.

Mr. Lopardo's master class is free of charge and open to the public, and will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall inside NIU's Music Building.