Showing posts from April, 2012

Community School of the Arts Announces Anthony Devroye Residency

The NIU Community School of the Arts is pleased to announce the final portion of the residency by violist Anthony Devroye. Mr. Devroye has been working with the upper string sections of the Community School of the Arts Sinfonia, and this weekend will appear in concert as soloist with the CSA Sinfonia.

Mr. Devroye's appearances are made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Anthony Devroye is the violist of the renowned Avalon String Quartet, which was selected in 2007 to succeed the Vermeer Quartet as quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois University, having previously held quartet-in-residencies at  Indiana University South Bend and the Juilliard School. Devroye has performed with the quartet in the United States, France and South Korea. Previously Mr. Devroye played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.

More information about Mr. Devroye's residency may be found here.

Noted Sisters in Residence with Community School of the Arts

The NIU Community School of Arts of the College of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to announce the residency of Amy Barston and her sister Elisa Barston. These noted performers, Amy on cello and Elisa on violin, will share their expertise with local public schools as well as with several groups of students studying through the Community School of the Arts.

The Barston's residency is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Amy Barston is artistic director of the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival in New York and the cellist of The Corigliano Quartet. She performs regularly with the world's most celebrated fiddler, Mark O'Connor.

 Amy Sue Barston
Elisa Barston
Elisa Barston is the principal second violinist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. She has won a number of awards for her playing, is an active soloist, and has played with major symphony orchestras throughout the world. The Barstons are sisters who grew up in Evanston and began their tra…

School of Art Presents Woodcutting Workshop

The NIU School of Art will present a Woodcutting Workshop to be held this coming Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and is geared toward teens and adults.

The Registration deadline is tomorrow, April 25, so please call right away if you're interested!


School of Art Hosting 'Art Walk' in Downtown DeKalb

The NIU School of Art, in collaboration with the City of DeKalb, is sponsoring "Art Walk DeKalb" tonight, Thursday, April 19. Nine downtown DeKalb locations will feature art work by NIU artists from 6 - 9 p.m.

Complete details may be found here. Congratulations to NIU art professor Bart Woodstrup for making the Art Walk a reality.

The NIU School of Art's ARTLab is sponsoring an event as part "Art Walk DeKalb." ARTLab students will be at our 161 E. Lincoln Highway space drawing and serving up treats.

The Lincoln Highway storefront space has been great for the premise of the seminar class. We have had a good deal of participation from non-NIU people in town, pedestrians, neighbors, and all sorts of folks we hadn't expected meeting and working with. All the work being hung is a result of these endeavors. The seminar students hosted various events at which they taught embroidery, collaborative drawing, poetry reading, performance and more. There are no names on t…

Renowned Dancer Presents Masterclass at NIU

Alicia Graf Mack (front row wearing black leggings) with NIU dance students

Alicia Graf Mack, principal dancer with the noted Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, presented a master class to the NIU School of Theatre and Dance dance program on April 11. In addition to teaching a ballet class, Ms. Mack also taught repertoire from the Ailey Company.

As you can see by the smiles in the photo above, this was a wonderful opportunity for NIU dance students and faculty!

Art History Professor's Work Detailed in Noted Journal

Archaeology, the journal of the Archaeological Institute of America, has published a profile of the recent work of Dr. Sinclair Bell, professor in the Art History division of the NIU School of Art.

Dr. Bell's work surrounds aurigas (charioteers) in Rome. His recent discovery is the first representation of an African child charioteer.

Archaeology has made Dr. Bell's research profile available for free online, viewable here.

Art Student Earns Noted Awards

Busse Woods, Mixed Media

Kasia Stachowiak

The NIU School of Art is pleased to announce that student Kasia Stachowiak has won two awards at the annual juried Blick Art Materials "Ars Nova" Competition. Kasia has been named the first-place winner in the junior year category for her piece "Maladjusted" as well as the "Best-in-Show" winner for her work "Adaptation."

One year ago, Kasia won the freshman/sophomore category as well as the Juror's Choice prize. In both years, Kasia's work competed against work of students from all levels including graduate students.

Kasia is a native of Poland with a life-long interest in art who came to the United States with her parents while she was a teenager. She began her college years at Harper College expecting to pursue a business degree, but met art faculty that made a decidedly positive impact on her life. Transferring to NIU in spring 2011 as a printmaking major, clearly Kasia has found her passion and t…

School of Art Iron Pour a Huge Success!

With great success, the NIU School of Art hosted its second iron pour this past November. Led by NIU instructor Eric Fuertes, students, faculty and guests were able to create not only their art work but also a tremendous sense of community via the event.

Bart Woodstrup, assistant professor in the NIU School of Art, has created a video from the pour, which can be seen here.

Congratulations to Eric and our sculpture students for hosting such a great event!