NIU a Big Winner at Annual Museum Awards Ceremony


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:

An IAM Award of Excellence in the Exhibits category went to the NIU Art Museum for "Coming of Age: The WPA/FAP Graphic Arts Division & the American Print";

An IAM Award of Merit in the Scholarly Publications category for the exhibition catalog for "Coming of Age: The WPA/FAP Graphic Arts Division & the American Print";

A Superior Achievement Award (highest possible award) in the Exhibits category for the “Crafting Maya Identity” exhibition;

Another Superior Achievement Award in the Scholarly Publications category for the “Crafting Maya Identity” catalog.

In addition, two students of the NIU Museum Studies graduate certificate program, Jessica McTague and Sandy Denninger, who are employed as museum directors/curators, also won awards at this year’s IAM ceremony for their work at their respective museums.

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