Showing posts from February, 2013

Sculpture Professor's Works in Two Shows

Tsavo Manhunters by Mike Rea
Michael Rea, assistant professor of sculpture in the NIU School of Art, has works accepted for exhibit in two shows.

"First Contact" is a show at The Gallery Project in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is a multi-media exhibit featuring the work of 33 artists from around the globe, with the intention of exploring our desire to encounter extraterrestrials. This exhibit runs from now through March 24.

The second show in which Michael's work is included is "Unconventional Narratives: The Triumph of the Witch," which will be at the Gibson Gallery of SUNY Potsdam. "Unconventional Narratives" opens on March 7 and runs through April 6.

Congratulations, Mike!

Art History Professor Provides Multiple Presentations

Sinclair Bell

Sinclair Bell, assistant professor of art history in the NIU School of Art, gave three invited lectures this past semester: in September, he provided the Dorinda J. Oliver Lecture to the Phoenix Society of the Archaeological Institute of America at Arizona State University; in October, a lecture on “Foreign Faces: Africans and Others in Ancient Roman Art” at the 75th Annual Illinois Classical Conference held at the Oriental Institute; and in November, a lecture on “Sport in Ancient Rome” at the DeKalb Public Library. He recently organized two panels at conferences, one on the Etruscans in Seattle in January, and one on Roman freed slaves which will be held in March in Iowa City.

Sinclair has begun work on the editing of his next large-scale project, the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Etruscans (ca. 30 chapters, 500 pages). He has also been commissioned to write chapters for two other projects: “The Archaeology of Roman Popular Culture,” in Locating Popular Culture in th…

Award-winning Violinist to Appear with the CSA Sinfonia

Serena Harnack

An award-winning 14-year old violinist will perform with the NIU Community School of the Arts Sinfonia on February 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boutell Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building. Concerto Competition winner Serena Harnack will perform the fourth movement of the Concerto No. 4 in d minor, Opus 41, by Henri Viuextemps. 

Serena won the competition at NIU after a rigorous audition in November.  She is also the recipient of the 2012-2013 Susan and Richard Kiphart Scholarship at the Music Institute of Chicago. She is a member of the Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians where she studies violin privately with artist faculty members Almita Vamos and Hye-Sun Lee. Serena has been studying violin for 10 years and is a freshman at St. Francis College Prep in Wheaton.  She lives in Glen Ellyn.

Serena has won many awards for her performances, including first place in the Chinese Fine Arts Society Confucius Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival, Musichorale Scholarsh…

Cor Cantiamo Presents Psallite!

Cor Cantiamo, a professional chamber choir directed by NIU Director of Choral Activities Dr. Eric Johnson, and consisting of nearly all NIU School of Music alumni, will present a program of psalm settings celebrating the beauty and glory of the psalmists. The first half of the concert highlights some of the most beloved and profound settings ever composed including works by Allegri, Sch├╝tz, and J.S. Bach. The second half of the program features exciting new psalm settings from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Cor Cantiamo serves as an ensemble-in-residence at the NIU School of Music, and we're pleased to announce their program will be performed twice:

Friday, February 15, at St. Raphael Church, 1215 Modaff Road, Naperville, IL,


Thursday, February 21, at Aurora University as part of their Third Thursday Concert Series, Crimi Auditorium, 407 South West Calumet Ave., Aurora IL.

Community School of the Arts Hosts Honors Recital

Six talented young musicians will perform at the annual Community School of the Arts Honors Recital at Northern Illinois University on February 16 at 1:30 p.m. They are the recipients of a talent scholarship awarded by the NIU Community School of the Arts after a rigorous audition held in early January. The students each receive a prize of $250.00. 

A total of 102 students have been awarded talent scholarships by the community school since they were established in 1996. 

Ranging in age from 12 to 16, this year’s winners are from DeKalb, Glen Ellyn, and Rockford, and will perform works by Gretry, Joplin, Corelli, Bruch, Debussy, and Kreisler. 

The recipients all are students in the NIU Community School of the Arts, where they receive private lessons from Ann Montzka-Smelser, Jaina Krueger, and Jui-Ching Wang.

William Jiang, 14 years old, is an eighth grade student at Marshall Academy in Rockford.  He is the son of Yiwei Jiang and Sumei Zhoi.  He is a violin student and will perform Prae…

Museum Studies Program Partners with Ellwood House

Accepting the first check of $9,000 from Charles McCormick, board member of the DeKalb Community Foundation, is Brian Reis, Director of Ellwood House Museum. In attendance are NIU students Clinton Cargile, Philip Krepel, and Alison Balcanoff, along with Peter Van Ael, Chair, Museum Studies Program, Northern Illinois University

Over the next three years, a site orientation exhibit will be fabricated inside the Ellwood House Visitor Center. The exhibit will aid visitors in understanding the impact of the Ellwood family upon DeKalb, and it will be designed to share the architecture and history that makes the Ellwood House site so attractive, including the newly obtained Ellwood-Nehring House.

According to Brian Reis, the museum’s director, “We will provide a window in which to view the historic mansion and other buildings, begin a public tour, and explore the Ellwood properties. The exhibit will be made accessible for all, and will be fabricated following the Americans with Disabilities A…

NIU Honors Unveils First Juried Art Competition

Graehound with "Squidtestines"
 Kasia Stachowiak with "Red 45"
 Michelle Stewart with "Shakan"
The NIU Honors Program held a "launch" on Wednesday, January 30, for their newly-resurrected online publication Honorable Mentions. A significant part of the launch was the display of NIU student art work and the announcement of the winners of the first Honors Program Juried Art Competition.

The event was well-attended, and the art work is beautiful, meaningful, and received glowing remarks from all in attendance.We want to congratulate Graehound, Ryan Orlowski, Kasia Stachowiak, Michelle Stewartand Lauren Tromp on being this year's winners.

To read more about the artists and their work, please check out the article in Honorable Mentionshere.