Upcoming Events at the CVPA!

College of Visual & Performing Arts

August 25, 2011

Visit our webpage, http://www.niu.edu/cvpa/events.shtml for more information


Early Fall exhibitions will celebrate wit, social commentary, process and technique in variously scaled contemporary sculpture.
August 23 – October 29, 2011

In the House: Sculpture for the Home
While focus has often been on large-scale outdoor public displays of sculpture, In the House surveys smaller work appropriate for the interiors of the home. Group exhibition of contemporary tabletop and wall sculpture in various media and techniques explore a variety of concerns, issues, processes and techniques. Includes Jerry Bleem, Juan Angel Chavez, Michael Ferris, Michael Gross, John Himmelfarb, Gary Justis, Michael Ransdell and Margaret Wharton. Guest curated by sculptor/educator/collector Michael Bennett.

In the Studio and In the Garden: John Balsley Sculpture and Collage
Solo show of figurative metal sculpture and colorful collage prints by Northern Illinois University alum, John Balsley. Having had a long career as a noted sculptor, Balsley’s latest ventures have been into what he terms “extreme collage” – multi-layered, detailed pieces balancing between the advances of technology and the primacy of the hand-wrought. Curated by Lee Sido, Associate Professor of Art.

On the Body and In the Hand
Small scale contemporary metalwork and jewelry. Invitational group show organized by guest curator Jamie Obermeier, Associate Professor, Metals Coordinator, and Board of Directors, SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths).



August 29 - October 13 – Jack Olson Gallery
Inked: Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art
Featured artists Jeff Crisman, Glen C. Davies, Gary Dobry, Ellen Greene, Maren Erwin, Michael Ferris Jr. & Mitch O' Connell utilize the universality of tattoo imagery as a means for expression.
Curated by Agnes Ma and Peter Van Ael
Reception & gallery talks Thursday, September 22, 4:30-6:00


CSA O'Rama

August 27, 10 a.m. - Noon
Concert Hall Lobby, NIU Music Building

Learn more about the classes, lessons, and ensembles offered for children and adults by the NIU Community School of the Arts. Take a 15-minute mini-music lesson or try a short sampler class – for free! Teachers and staff are on hand in the Concert Hall lobby to answer your questions about starting or continuing your own or your child’s instruction in the arts. This is a good time to learn more about our wonderful teaching faculty, our scholarship programs, and about the many ensembles and classes we offer.

Call by August 25 to reserve a space in any of the classes listed or to make an appointment for a lesson (you will need your own instrument). Call (815) 753-1450. Limit: One lesson per person, but reserve as many spaces in the sampler classes as you would like. Children must be accompanied by an adult for lessons and classes.

10 - 10:20 a.m.
Starter Piano (ages 6 – 9)
Musical Tales (ages 3 – 5)

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.
Suzuki Parent Chat

11 – 11:20
Suzuki Sampler (ages 3 - 10)

11:30 – 11:50 a.m.
Prelude and Development Classes combined (ages 1 – 5)





Upcoming Production - Sep 22-25, 28-Oct 2, 2011

O’Connell Theatre

Theophilus North


In the spring of 1926, Theophilus North, a 30-year-old New Jersey school teacher, quits his job and sets out for some fun and to find his place in the world. However, he makes it only so far as Newport, Rhode Island, a mere 200 miles from home, when his car breaks down.

Stranded in a community of substantial wealth, Theophilus supports himself with odd jobs in the elegant mansions along Ocean Drive. Soon the young man finds himself playing the roles of tutor, spy, confidant, lover, friend, and enemy as he becomes entangled in the intrigues of both upstairs and downstairs in a glittering society dominated by leisure.

Based on the novel by Thornton Wilder, the last of his works published during his lifetime, Theophilus North is a fascinating coming-of-age story from the vantage point of age, and deftly displays Wilder’s trademark wit juxtaposed with his lively and timeless ruminations on what really matters about life, love, and work at the end of the day.

"Hope pulses so strongly through Theophilus North.... Burnett injects his script with cosmic scope.... Imaginative, forceful theater.... Charming and breathtaking all at once.... In the spirit of Wilder and with a dramatic vigor all its own, the play turns large-hearted living into art." --Mark Blankenship, Variety

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