Showing posts from March, 2013

Printmakers Present at International Conference

Printmaking faculty and students from the NIU School of Art recently presented some of their work at the noted conference, the Southern Graphics Council International Conference, which was held in Milwaukee March 20 - 23.

NIU printmakers worked collaboratively with faculty and students from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and Ohio University. Each school produced several buildings and structures that are notable to their campus/city/environs, and placed them in an installation with "rivers" separating the locales. Drawbridges were constructed to link each locale with the others.

"Three Bridges"
In addition to the construction of the structures, window scenes on the buildings were created via various printmaking methods, making for several interesting (and sometimes funny!) scenarios.

The NIU Printmaking Studios, ranked in the top 20 in the nation, are led by faculty members Michael Barnes and Ashley Nason.

In addition to the exhibition at this conference, th…

Music Graduate Student Awarded University Fellowship

It's a pleasure to announce that Khan Cordice, graduate student in the NIU School of Music, has been awarded a University Fellowship for the 2013-2014 school year.

Khan hails from Antigua and grew up in St. John’s. He became a member of the Hell’s Gate steel orchestra in 2002, the same year he was introduced to the instrument. As captain of his school’s steel band, he assisted the group in attaining their first Independence Schools’ panorama championship title in 2006. In 2008 Khan presented his first public arrangement for the “25-A-Side Moods of Pan Festival” competition and became Antigua’s youngest pan arranger.  From 2009 to 2012 he worked as an arranger in collaboration with the Hell’s Gate Steel Orchestra, which won the  title of Panorama Champions three of the four times he arranged for that orchestra.

Khan earned his undergraduate degree in Musical Arts at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. During his time in Trinidad, he was a sought-after pannist during the …

Music Graduate Student Named 2013 Outstanding Women Student Award Recipent

We are pleased to announce that Kate Swope, graduate student in the NIU School of Music, has been named one of the 2013 recipients of the NIU Outstanding Women Student Awards.

Kate is a conductor and hornist, currently directs the NIU University Band, and is a member of the Graduate Woodwind Quintet and NIU Philharmonic. During her time at NIU, she has performed regularly with the Wind Ensemble, Graduate Brass Quintet and New Music Ensemble. Active in her community, Kate also performs with the Fox Valley Orchestra of Aurora and the Illinois Valley Symphony of LaSalle and is a member of the choir at Dekalb's First Congregational United Church of Christ. Kate will graduate this May from NIU with a Master's Degree in Wind Conducting and a Performer's Certificate in Horn.

In addition to this award, Kate recently won First Place in the College Division Solo Competition at the Midwest Horn Workshop. Her previous degrees come from the University of Louisville: Master of Music (2…

Painting Professor's Works on Exhibit


We're happy to announce that Frank Trankina, professor of painting in the NIU School of Art, has been awarded a solo show at the Lewis University Art Gallery. Entitled "Superhero and Before," the exhibit is now open, through March 29.

This Friday night, March 15, there will be the official opening and reception, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Frank's work has been exhibited in Tokyo, Cambridge (England), San Diego, Dallas, New York, Chicago and across the Midwest.

Congratulations, Frank!

Composition Professor's Works Receive Performances

Robert Fleisher, Professor of Composition and Music Theory in the NIU School of Music, has had several of his compositions receive performances recently.

Dans le piano, an electro-acoustic composition premiered at the Electronic Music Midwest festival (Lewis University) in October, was heard during the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) national conference at The Ohio State University on February 16. Dr. Fleisher's participation during the festival was generously supported by the Illinois Arts Council.

The following weekend, Fleisher's Five Songs from Carl Sandburg's "Prairie" were performed by soprano Belinda Andrews-Smith and pianist Sarah Ramsey during the 5th Tutti festival at Denison University (Granville, OH). Another archival tape piece featuring multi-speed found percussion, Altro Alfresco (premiered at the 2011 Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States festival in Miami), most recently appeared as part of the Audiograft festival online "J…

Director of School of Theatre and Dance Elected to Noted Post

We are pleased to announce that Alex Gelman, the Director of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, has been elected Treasurer of the University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA). Professor Gelman's term is for two years. The NIU School of Theatre and Dance is a proud member of URTA, the most elite group of theatre schools in the country.

URTA is the nation's oldest and largest consortium of professional, graduate (MFA) theatre training programs, and related professional theatre companies. The association consists of forty influential schools in training (39 in the United States and 1 in the United Kingdom), and fifteen partnered theatre companies. URTA advances theatre by connecting educational theatre programs with professional theatre and performing arts industries, promoting professional practices and artistic excellence in higher education, and assisting students with their transition into the profession.

Alex previously served as a member of the URTA Board of Directors.…

Dance Area Hosts High School Students

The NIU dance area within the School of Theatre and Dance recently hosted 32 student dancers from Currie Metro High School in Chicago. As part of the day-long residency on February 26, the students observed ballet classes, participated in an improvisation class, and performed works which were choreographed by Currie Metro's dance director Melinda Wilson.

NIU dance professors working with these students were Judy Chitwood, Paula Frasz, and Brian Carey Chung.

Art Education Professor Earns International Prominence

We're pleased to announce that Richard Siegesmund, Professor of Art + Design Education in the NIU School of Art, has been named a Research Associate to the Research Institute of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin, Ireland. The College, affiliated with University College Dublin, has formal research agendas in the following areas:

• User-First Design
• Contemporary Practices in Art and Design
• Creative and Critical Pedagogies
• Irish Design History and Material Culture
• Design Sustainability

Richard's appointment is grounded in Creative and Critical Pedagogies, but as an Associate he will be able to interact across the spectrum of research interests. Richard's nomination was seconded by the chair of graduate programs in Contemporary Practices in Art and Design. He plans to spend a week in Dublin at the end of May while NCAD is still in session to develop his contributions.

Members of the Research Institute also participate in GradCam, an on-going colloquium …