Showing posts from April, 2013

Faculty Composer's Works Featured

Three works by NIU School of Music faculty composer Robert Fleisher were performed in April: Gig Harbor (solo piano) was performed by his composition faculty colleague, David Maki, at NIU on April 3 and subsequently during the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) conference at Clarke University (Dubuque, IA) on April 13. Loretto Alfresco, an electro-acoustic composition released earlier this year on the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) 2012 Miniatures CD “Re-Caged,” was also heard during the SCI conference, on April 12. Dans le piano, another electro-acoustic work, was heard during the annual SEAMUS festival at the McNally Smith College of Music (St Paul, MN), April 18-20.

Art History Professor Earns Noted Fellowship

We're very pleased to announce that Sinclair Bell, professor of art history in the NIU School of Art, has received word that he's been awarded a fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation.

Our friends at NIU Today have written a nice story about Sinclair and his fellowship award - please visit the story here.

Congratulations, Sinclair!

Painting Professor's Works Featured in New York Gallery Exhibit

"Nightlife" by Katie Kahn
Several works of Katie Kahn, professor of painting in the NIU School of Art, are being featured in a new exhibit at the A.I.R. Gallery in New York. The exhibit is entitled "Varieties of Denial." The exhibit also features the writings of Terri Kapsalis, chair of the Visual and Critical Studies program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

This is a unique exhibit in that Katie's works are paired with Terri's fiction writings. Katie used "Science Times" cover pages from the New York Times and created drawings utilizing pens, gouache, correction tape, etc., and using simple techniques such as sorting, revealing and divining. Terri used the same "Science Times" covers as the inspiration and source material for her fictions.

In an interesting twist, both Katie and Terri agreed to not see each others' work until each piece was finished.

For those of you in the NYC area, we invite you to see the exhibit, w…

Concert Choir's Lincoln Center Performance Earns Wonderful Review

As a follow-up to this post about the NIU Concert Choir's recent performance in New York City's Lincoln Center, reviewer Jeffrey Williams has numerous glowing remarks to make about the concert, and, in particular, about the fine conducting work of NIU School of Music Professor Eric A. Johnson. Mr. Williams' review is for New York Concert Review.

The full review may be read here.

Congratulations, Eric and members of the Concert Choir!

Music Alumna Wins Major International Award

Amirah Ali with her band, performing at the VIMA Music Awards ceremony

We're pleased to announce that Amirah Ali, alumna of the NIU School of Music, has won a 2013 VIMA Music Award for Best Overall Female Act.

Congratulations, Amirah!

VIMA Music Awards are the most important music awards for Southeast Asia, serving as a recognition platform for musicians from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

Frequent readers will recall that Amirah was recently back on the NIU campus to perform as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration for NIU's Center for Southeast Asian Studies. While here, Amirah worked with several current music students and performed with a backing band consisting entirely of current students.

Art History Students Present at Symposium

 Program for the Historia Artis Symposium
 Student Presenters following their Historia Artis Symposium Presentations
NIU Art History Faculty Members (l. to r.) Helen Nagata, Ann van Dijk, Catherine Raymond

NIU Art History Faculty Members Mary Quinlan and Barbara Jaffee
Historia Artis, the NIU student association for art history majors and art history lovers, held their annual art symposium on April 9, 2013. Topics presented ranged from Frank Lloyd Wright and Maya Revivalism, to Adapting to Modernization and Islam in Malaysia, to A Look at the Portable Arts of Early Byzantium, and several other noteworthy topics.

According to Dr. Helen Nagata, Professor of Art History in the NIU School of Art and faculty advisor to Historia Artis, "The papers were rich and varied, and grouped into panels for what became lively discussions. The faculty were pleased by the sophisticated interpretations and depth of research."

Additionally, Helen notes that they also used the occasion "to cong…

Gallery Director's Print Earns Spot in Noted Exhibit

" "Encircled" by Peter Van Ael
Peter Van Ael, Director of the Jack Olson Gallery in the NIU School of Art, is also a noted printmaker. One of Peter's prints, "Encircled," was chosen for the Mid America Print Council Juried Exhibition, which was recently on display at the McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of Youngstown State University in Ohio.

The exhibition features the works of 89 print artists from around the country, including one work by NIU School of Art alum Chris Cannon.

For more information, see this article.

Concert Choir Returns From Lincoln Center Performance

NIU's Concert Choir, under the direction of Professor Eric Johnson, has just returned from an exciting and valuable trip, the highlight of which was performing for a nearly sold-out audience at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. The Concert Choir joined choirs from Oregon, California and Illinois, including the choir from McHenry High School which is under the direction of NIU School of Music alum Derek Galvicius.

The performance was entitled Calling All Dawns, as the second half of the program was the New York premiere of a work by that name by Grammy Award-winning composer Christopher Tin.

The concert opened with a series of selections performed by the noted women's a cappella group Anonymous 4. Following their appearance, the joint choirs took the stage under the direction of Dr. Johnson, who conducted Mozart's Regina Coeli and Haydn's Te Deum for the Empress Marie Therese. The final piece on the first half was David Rutter's Gloria, condu…

Art History Professor's Ethnographic Research Earns International Recognition