Showing posts from August, 2012

Steel Pan Professor Earns Honor From Trinidad and Tobago

Liam Teague, associate professor of steel pan in the NIU School of Music, learned today that he's been awarded the prestigious Silver Hummingbird Award from his native Trinidad and Tobago. This award is one of the National Awards of Trinidad and Tobago and recognizes the contributions of citizens and non-nationals who have had a significant impact on the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Our friends at NIU Today have written a fine report about Liam and this award - please read the article here.

Congratulations, Liam!

Art History Division Continues Making International Impact

The faculty members of the Art History Division of the NIU School of Art have been quite busy this past summer, with numerous activities on the docket for this fall, too.

Sinclair Bell gave a lecture on ancient sports fans at the Hudson Library and Historical Society in Hudson, Ohio in July, and will be speaking at numerous Archeological Institute and Classical Association events across the country this fall. 

Rebecca Houze spent much of the summer researching architecture in Acadia, Theodore Roosevelt, and Yellowstone National Parks, as well as in the Adirondacks.  Her most recent article, “Home as a Living Museum:  Ethnographic Display and the 1896 Millennial Exhibition in Budapest,” was published in CENTROPA, Journal of Central European Architecture and Related Arts (2012).  She will travel to Sun Valley, Idaho and Brighton, UK, to present talks this fall on topics ranging from Viennese fashion design to the Native American in sports team logos.

Ann van Dijk served as a peer reviewer…

Dance Professors' Companies Make Front Page

We frequently count ourselves as fortunate that two of our dance faculty members in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance have their own well-respected dance companies. Now, both companies are featured on the front page of the noted dance website

DanszLoop Chicago features our own Paula Frasz as artistic director, and Collective Body features our newest faculty member Brian Carey Chung as its artistic director. Together, the two companies are producing "Strings and Stones," first here in Chicago and then in Manhattan.

For more information about the Chicago performances on September 14 and 15, go here.

Art Professor's Work in Solo Exhibition


We're pleased to announce that several new works of NIU School of Art professor Harry Wirth will be displayed in a solo exhibition entitled "Imaginary Spaces." The exhibition will be held at the Delafield Arts Center in Delafield, Wisconsin, October 2 through December 30.

This exhibition will feature a body of new work of more than 15 watercolors as completed during his research sabbatical of 2011-2012. During that time Harry created approximately 100 new works on paper.

The exhibition's opening will take place October 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and Harry will provide an artist's lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1.

Jazz Professor Making National Headlines

Geof Bradfield, Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Saxophone in the NIU School of Music, recently premiered his extended work "Melba!" to great acclaim in the Chicago press and jazz community. "Melba!" is in honor of jazz trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston (1926-1999).

Now, Geof is taking his work on the road and is making news wherever he performs "Melba!" He recently was interviewed for The Jazz Line by Veronica Grandison. The interview gives great insight into Geof's process of understanding her work and the creation of his tribute to her. The interview may be found here.

Steel Pan Professor Appears as Soloist

Liam Teague, Associate Professor of Steel Pan in the NIU School of Music, will appear in concert as soloist with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra on September 16. Liam will perform J.S. Bach's Concerto in A minor as well as an orchestral version of Tico Tico no Fuba. The concert is titled "The Symphony Goes to the Movies."

The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of NIU School of Music faculty member Lucia Matos, who is starting her third season with the IVSO.

For more information about this concert and to purchase tickets, go here.

Art Museum Earns Local Kudos

The NIU Art Museum was recently chosen as "One of the Best" art galleries in DeKalb County by the Daily Chronicle via a reader's choice poll. This local newspaper has been an important conduit through which to communicate the exhibitions and programs of the museum, and this award is evidence of the community's support.  

The museum staff has been hard at work of late, preparing new exhibitions for the beginning of Fall Semester. Music for the Divine will showcase musical instruments and related material from the NIU Burma Art collection. Current Views and Actions will feature the photographs and performance documentation of young Cambodian artists. These exhibitions will be augmented by black and white photographs by New York artist Robert Gerhardt in an exhibit called Karen: A People on the Border, referring to the Karen tribe currently living on the border of Burma and Thailand.

Three Art Students' Works Selected for Noted Exhibition

Karen Murphy, Untitled

Three students in the NIU School of Art have had their work chosen to be part of the Chicago exhibition Inspired By: Celebrating Illinois Women Artists, which will be presented by the Woman Made Gallery. This exhibition is in honor of the gallery's 20th anniversary.

Our students whose works were chosen are Maria Dimanshtein (undergraduate, painting major), Karen Murphy (graduate student in ceramics), and Kasia Stachowiak (undergraduate, printmaking major).

The exhibition will take place from August 24 through September 27, with the opening reception being held August 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Woman Made Gallery is located at 685 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.

Congratulations Maria, Karen and Kasia!

Art Professor's Work Selected for State-Wide Exhibition

Harry Wirth with "Respite II"

Harry Wirth, Professor in the NIU School of Art, was recently notified that his 18" x 24" watercolor work "Respite II" has been selected for inclusion in a state-wide exhibition known as "Visual Art Wisconsin 2012."

Visual Art Wisconsin 2012 features the work of 51 artists, and will be held at UW-Parkside (900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI) from September 5 through October 13. The opening reception will be September 8 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Congratulations, Harry!

Percussion Professor Wins International Award

Greg Beyer, Professor of Percussion in the NIU School of Music, is a core member of noted Chicago-based new music ensemble Dal Niente. Greg shared with us the good news that Dal Niente was awarded the coveted Kranichsteiner Prize at this year's International MusikFereinkurse Darmstadt (IMD). Among the  two week-long activities were a rehearsal with renowned composer Brian Ferneyhough and a very successful performance of his work "La Chute d'Icare."

As winners of this international prize, Dal Niente will be invited to perform at IMD in 2014.

Also of note, NIU School of Music alumna Mabel Kwan serves as the pianist in Dal Niente. Congratulations Greg and Mabel!