Illinois Association of Museums Bestows Awards on NIU

David Becker, IAM President; Peter Van Ael; Agnes Ma; Donna Sack, IAM Executive Director

NIU’s Interdisciplinary Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Studies continues to receive critical acclaim from the Illinois Association of Museums (IAM).

NIU's Jack Olson Gallery earned an IAM Superior Achievement Award in the exhibitions category for “Inked: Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art.” The exhibition was co-curated by Olson Gallery/Museum Studies Program Coordinator Peter Van Ael and Museum Studies Alumna (Fall 11) and Olson Gallery Graduate Assistant Agnes Ma. The exhibition was accompanied by a richly illustrated exhibition catalog containing interviews the curators conducted with the artists. The exhibition catalog earned an IAM Award of Excellence in the popular publications category.

The NIU Art Museum is the recipient of an IAM Award of Excellence in the exhibitions category for “The Golden Age of Wordless Novels and Artist Illustrated Books: 1917-1951.” It is the fifth year in a row that the Museum Studies/NIU Art Museum exhibition earned an IAM Award.

The exhibition was the sixth in an ongoing annual collaborative effort between the NIU Art Museum, the NIU Museum Studies Program and Peter Van Ael’s ART 656 Museum Exhibitions and Interpretation class. A collaborative, inter-college effort with community outreach, lenders to the exhibition included the NIU Rare Books Collection, School of Art Professor Emeritus Jerry Meyer, Museum Studies student Philip Krepel, and Museum Studies Program Coordinator Peter Van Ael.

IAM is the independent, non-profit, statewide organization of museums and historical societies. Through its awards, the association celebrates and draws attention to the highest accomplishments within the museum profession in the state of Illinois. The awards were announced at the IAM Annual Conference in Collinsville during the awards luncheon on September 21.

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