Showing posts from July, 2012

Music Alum Earns Noted Position

Guitarist, composer and educator Nick Fryer, who earned his MM degree from the NIU School of Music, has been appointed Associate Director of the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Nick tells us "I am very excited to be a part of the team at the Brubeck Institute! The students at the Brubeck Institute are playing at a very high level and to be involved teaching and mentoring them is very inspiring."

Prior to his appointment at the Brubeck Institute, Nick was a faculty member at Minnesota State University - Moorhead, where he taught guitar, jazz history and improvisation, and directed jazz combos and the guitar ensemble.

Simon Rowe, Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute stated "We are thrilled to welcome Nick to our Brubeck team as an artist, educator and music industry professional." Nick's duties at the Brubeck Institute include assisting with programming while teaching at the University and the Institute.


Sculpture Professor Participates in Two New Shows

Michael Rea, assistant professor of sculpture in the NIU School of Art, has curated a show entitled "My Idea of Fun" at the Ebersmoore Gallery in Chicago. The show features the work of  seven artists, and will run from July 20 through August 31.

In addition, Michael's works have been chosen to appear in a show entitled "Where My Cones At?" This show features small black and white pieces by 122 artists and will open July 27 at the Double Break Gallery in San Diego. When that exhibition concludes, the show will be traveling to galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago. "Where My Cones At?" is curated by NIU School of Art alumnus Ryan Travis Christian.

Art Education Faculty Present at International Conferences

Kerry Freedman
Doug Boughton

Doug Boughton, Director of the NIU School of Art and noted art educator, and Kerry Freedman, Head of the Division of Art+Design Education at NIU, presented papers as part of an invited panel at the 11th International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) European Regional Conference in Limassol, Cyprus on June 27. The panel theme was Curriculum Connections with Visual Culture: Meaningful Interactive and Contextual Learning in Art Education. Kerry also attended the InSEA World council meeting in Limassol as one of three elected world council members representing the North American region.

On June 28-29 Kerry chaired a research meeting at Cambridge University (UK). The meeting, comprised of co-researchers from the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Hungary, Canada, and the United States, finalized the analysis and report of the first stage of an international research project that is examining the character of auto-didactic learning employed by variou…

Director of Jazz Studies Featured on Jazz at Lincoln Center Video

Ron Carter, Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies in the NIU School of Music, has a long relationship with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Ron is now featured in a video, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

World Premiere to be Presented by Saxophone Professor

Geof Bradfield, our newly-hired assistant professor of Jazz Saxophone and Jazz Studies in the NIU School of Music, has completed composing his work "Melba!," which was a commission from Chamber Music America.

Geoff's new work will receive its world premiere performance at the Chicago Jazz Festival's Neighborhood Nights Series on Saturday, July 21, at 1:00 p.m. in the Woodson Regional Library, 9525 South Halsted in Chicago. Admission is free of charge.

Geoff will perform the work with his group consisting of several notable Chicago jazz artists. Please come out to support Geoff and jazz in Chicago!

New Sculpture Professor Having Exciting Summer

We are pleased to announce that sculptor Michael Rea will join the faculty of the NIU School of Art this fall. Michael holds degrees from NIU and the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and has been at Northwestern University for several years prior to his appointment here at NIU.

Michael's work has been receiving great notice this summer. From May 4 to June 16 his work was part of an exhibition in Omaha, Nebraska, entitled "Material Matters," at the Peerless Art Gallery. From May 16 through the end of September his work is on display at the Kunstmuseum in Thurgau, Switzerland. And, Michael and his work are featured in the May online issue of Cool Entrepreneurs - where you will find several terrific photos of his work.

Now, Michael's work is part of the exhibition entitled "Odie Off" at the Three Walls gallery which is located  at 119 North Peoria, #2c, in Chicago and which runs through August 4.

Congratulations, Michael!