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Emeritus Music Professor's Works Performed

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Robert Fleisher, Professor Emeritus of Music Theory and Composition in the NIU School of Music, is one of six composers whose vocal music is featured on the CD "Portraits" (Capstone CPS-8792), released in 2008. In his March/April 2011 Journal of Singing review, Gregory Berg wrote: “This is an exemplary recording … it is difficult to imagine anyone being ultimately disappointed with a disk featuring well nigh perfect performances of such intriguing repertoire.” Dr. Fleisher is represented on that recording by his Five Songs from Carl Sandburg’s “Prairie,” performed by soprano Lynn Eustis and pianist Elvia Puccinelli. Berg noted that Dr. Fleisher’s songs “are particularly apt in how they embody the spirit of the texts so convincingly, with an openness that never feels empty.” The first performance of this complete song cycle was given in 2004 by NIU alum, Dr. Emily Truckenbrod (director of vocal studies, SIU-Edwardsville), accompanied by Amy I-Lin Ching, during the national co…

NIU Conductor Guest Stars with Chicago Sinfonietta

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This past weekend Lucia Matos, NIU School of Music professor and conductor of the award-winning NIU Philharmonic, served as guest conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta. The concerts, on November 15 and 17, were part of the three-day annual Mexican cultural and heritage “Dia De Los Muertos” festival. On extranews.net, reviewer Sandra Trevino stated, “With guest conductor Lucia Matos at the helm, Chicago Sinfonietta’s Dia De Los Muertos celebration offers a complex musical exploration of the human experience as it goes through the stages of grief and joy when losing a loved one.”
Congratulations, Lucia!




Music Alumna Awarded Noted National Fellowship

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This past week and weekend the annual national conference of the American Musicological Society was held in Milwaukee. During the conference, NIU School of Music alumna Mia Gormandy was awarded the prestigious Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship. This fellowship's intention is to increase the number of minority scholars and teachers in musicology, and the award covers the cost of one year of graduate work. Mia is completing her Ph.D. at Florida State University.

Congratulations, Mia!

Sculpture Professor's Work on Exhibition in Chicago

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We're pleased to announce that the work of Mike Rea, assistant professor of sculpture in the NIU School of Art and Design, has a show opening this week in Chicago. Entitled "Neck Romancer," the show will be on exhibition at the Union League Club of Chicago with the opening reception scheduled for Thursday, November 6, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

The show is scheduled to run through the month of November.

Emeritus Music Professor's Works Performed

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Robert Fleisher, Professor Emeritus of Music Theory and Composition in the NIU School of Music, recently participated in the national conference of the College Music Society (CMS) in St. Louis, Missouri, where his electro-acoustic composition Loretto Alfresco was heard during a program of fixed media works on October 30. Earlier in October, his Ma mère was recorded in Philadelphia by cellist Ovidiu Marinescu (West Chester University) for a forthcoming Parma Recordings CD.

Music Alumnus Finalist in World's Most Prestigious Jazz Competition

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We are very excited to announce that Marquis Hill,  alumnus of the NIU School of Music, is a finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, widely regarded as the most prestigious jazz competition in the world.

This year's competition is strictly for trumpeters. Marquis will join 12 other trumpeters in Los Angeles on November 8 and 9; in the first round, each player has 15 minutes to perform, accompanied by a trio of internationally-recognized jazz artists: Rodney Whitaker on bass, Carl Allen on drums, and NIU's new coordinator of jazz studies on piano, Reggie Thomas. Three will be chosen to perform in the second round on Sunday, November 9, at the Dolby Theater. Following those three performances, an all-star gala hosted by Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Kevin Spacey will take place. Some of the artists in the gala are Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Chaka Khan, Kenny Burrell, Vinnie Colaiuta, and many other internationally-recognized performers.

Marquis has be…

Music Professor's Recording Nominated for Grammy® Award

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We've received word that Concertos for Brass, the recent full-length CD recording of compositions by NIU School of Music associate professor Thomas Bough, has made it through the first round of nominees for the 2015 Grammy® Awards. Tom's CD is nominated in the Classical Compendium category, and his work "Suite Tuba" which is featured on the recording is nominated in the Contemporary Classical Composition category.

Tom's recording features his compositions and the solo performances of several well-known brass soloists including Larry Williams (horn), Jeff Malecki (euphonium), and NIU professor of trumpet Mark Ponzo. Tom also appears on the recording as tuba soloist.

At this point in the Grammy® nomination process there are numerous verified nominations, which, through a series of voting rounds, will be culled to the final 5 nominees early this coming winter.

Congratulations, Tom, and best wishes in the next rounds of voting!

Time Arts Professor's Work Making News

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photo courtesy of the St. Charles Art Council
Four Lands - "Airborne" detail
NIU School of Art and Design “Time Arts” professor Bart Woodstrup debuted a new video art piece entitled Four Lands as part of “Art at Work” which was sponsored by the St. Charles Art Council. The program seeks out non-traditional venues for displaying art. This month's inaugural event was hosted by Suburban Tire Auto Repair Centers on Rt. 38 in St. Charles, IL. Bart's work was displayed across four large flat panel screens which, during the day, are used for tire advertisements. The Fox River Valley has a burgeoning art scene to which the St, Charles Arts Council is making some exciting contributions. 
Four Lands is an animated version of Bart's laser cut paper art series. More information on Bart's art can be viewed here.

In September, Bart also was busy creating a video art exhibition on the Rt. 64 bridge in St. Charles. Bart used this opportunity to demonstrate to students how to i…

Clarinet Professor Busy With Notable Performances

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Gregory Barrett, Professor of Clarinet in the NIU School of Music, has been - and will be - very active as a principal clarinetist and guest artist.

Greg played principal clarinet in the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra's September 28th concert at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. The program included works by Dvorák, Lalo and Brahms. Aditionally, on October 10, 11 and 12 Barrett was principal clarinetist for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's Nature's Soundscape concerts in works by Respighi and Sibelius. The concert will be broadcast on WFMT on Friday, November 28, at 8:00 p.m.

Greg will also be performing with the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Master Singers in Mozart's Requiem on November 7 and 9, at the Divine Word Chapel in Techny, Illinois.

November 14 through 16 Barrett and NIU clarinet students Nate Hippleheuser and Evan Suitts will be performing at the International Clarinet Association Mid-America Festival at The Ohio State University.

Acting Alumni Take Over Television October 14, 2014

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Mackenzie Parker (right) on Sons of Anarchy
Matthew Yee (right) on Chicago Fire
The NIU School of Theater and Dance family had an exquisite dilemma last night. Two alumni (Matthew Yee and Mackenzie Parker, both BFA ’12) appeared simultaneously on two different network shows. Matt appeared on NBC’s Chicago Fire and Mac appeared on FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Luckily, FX’s practice of running each new episode of Sons of Anarchy twice allowed us all to watch both.

This was all the sweeter because two MFA alumni of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance are involved with these shows. Joe Minoso is a regular cast member of Chicago Fire and Kurt Sutter is the creator/executive producer of Sons of Anarchy. The School of Theatre and Dance flag is flying high these days! Congratulations gentlemen!

NIU Theatre and Dance Alumni and Faculty Collaborate on “Naughty Thoughts”

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DanszLoop Chicago, under the direction of NIU School of Theatre and Dance professor of dance Paula Frasz, presents “An Evening of Naughty Thoughts,” two plays interpreted in dance, on the last three weekends in October.

Three NIU School of Theatre and Dance alumni now living and working in Chicago are joining with three of their former professors to present the world premier of this new dance/theatre mash-up. The three Northern Illinois University alumni who will take part in this performance are Alanna Nielsen (BFA - Dance Performance ’14), John Schmidtz (BA - Math/Economics 1970/MAPA 1978) will dance and act in “Of a Joy that Kills,” one of the plays featured that evening. Angela Kring (BA - Theatre Arts, 2012) will handle and oversee the stage management duties for the entire evening. Nielsen and Kring will reunite with their former NIU professors, Paula Frasz, choreographer (Dance), Melanie Parks, costumes (Associate Dean CVPA) and Lucas Krueger, playwright and director (Theatre).…

Steel Pan Professor Earns International Award

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We are pleased to announce that Liam Teague, professor of steel pan in the NIU School of Music, has been selected as a 2014 recipient of a Sunshine Award.


The mission of the Sunshine Awards is "To uplift and enhance the pride in all people of Caribbean, South American, Central American and African heritage while preserving and promoting values and culture through the recognition and rewarding of excellence in the various art forms, sports, cultural programs and education."

The Sunshine Awards Program was founded in 1989 to recognize excellence in the performing arts, education, science and sports of the various Caribbean countries. Over the years, the Program has expanded in depth and breadth, with a global view to include countries in South America, Central America and Africa.

This year there are 13 award recipients, who will receive their award in New York City on October 4. Liam will travel to the ceremony to perform as well as to receive his award.

Congratulations, Liam…

Holiday Card Contest Announced!

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Open to all NIU students, the 2nd annual NIU Holiday Card Contest is now open! Sponsored by President Doug Baker, the winning entries will have their creations professionally photographed to appear on the front of a set of Holiday cards. In addition to being used for alumni, donors and friends of NIU, boxed sets of cards will be available for sale and proceeds will benefit NIU scholarship funds.

For complete details, visit the Holiday Card Contest website here.

Good Luck!

Gallery Director's Work Included in Exhibition

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"Swarm"
Peter Van Ael, Coordinator of the Olson Gallery in the NIU School of Art and Design, is one of 36 artists included in the Mid America Print Council Member's Juried Exhibition held at the Wayne State University Art Department Gallery to coincide with the annual MAPC Conference held in Detroit this year.

MAPC is one of two national organizations for printmakers, the other being the Southern Graphics Council. Both started as regional organizations and now have a national presence. NIU printmaking professor Mike Barnes is actively involved with SGC.

The exhibition was juried by Marilyn Symmes (Director, Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts & Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ). The exhibition runs from September 12 – October 17, 2014, and the Mid-America Print Council (MAPC) Conference dates are September 24 - 27.

Congratulations, Peter!

Photography Professor's Work Featured

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Jessica Labatte, assistant professor of photography in the NIU School of Art and Design, has two works featured in an online exhibition entitled "New Cats in Art Photography." The exhibition is curated by Jon Feinstein for the Humble Arts Foundation in New York.

According to Mr. Feinstein, the exhibition "...will give you a glimpse into how cats make their way into the work some of today’s most challenging (and diverse) photographers."

Jessica's pieces are:

 Black Cat, 2014
archival inkjet print
11x14"
Cat Toy (found at the MCA Chicago's Family Day workshop), 2014 archival inkjet print 11x14"
Congratulations, Jessica!

Art Museum Announces Get on the Bus Trip to David Bowie Exhibition

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The NIU Art Museum announces that the date and time are finalized for the trip to see the exhibition DAVID BOWIE IS... at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.


The bus trip will be Thursday, October 16 to go view this timed, ticketed, highly anticipated, collossal multi-media exhibition celebrating the collaborative creativity of rock legend David Bowie.

Load Bus: 1:30, NIU School of Art and Design Parking Lot

Departure: 1:45 p.m.

Return Arrival: @9:45 p.m.

Transportation and Discounted Exhibition Tickets with Audio:

    NIU Art Museum Members: $34.50   
    Student/Senior non member: $38
    Other: $45

 Registration/Payment deadline: Tuesday, 10/14/14

 We have a limited number of tickets /confirmation is based on payment.

This NIU Art Museum Get-On-The-Bus Trip is offered in conjunction with our
Gender and Identity Exhibition Suite. Member discount will be extended
to those registering through the GSRC at NIU.

For more information contact Jo Burke at jburke2@niu.edu.

Art Graduate Student Creates Mosaic on Campus

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In the spring of 2014, the NIU Office of Registration and Records approached professor Billie Giese in the School of Art and Design with an opportunity for a student to create a mural for their department entrance. Having developed a relationship over the course of the school year, Professor Giese directed them to graduate student Danielle Dobies, who regularly participates in public mosaic mural making.

During summer 2013, Danielle Dobies conducted a collaborative mosaic mural workshop with the NIU Women's Studies department during which participants learned the process, developed a design, and created a large-scale mosaic mural which now hangs in Reavis Hall on campus. Danielle Dobies is a third-year MFA candidate in the SoA with a concentration in sculpture. She developed her love of mosaics and public murals in her undergraduate career at Elmhurst College, and when this opportunity with Registration and Records arose, she gladly accepted.

The mural was created in her home stu…

School of Music Alumna Earns Major Fellowship

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NIU School of Music alumna Kerry O'Brien has recently been awarded a prestigious American Association of University Women Fellowship. Kerry is completing her Ph.D. work at Indiana University with a major in musicology.

Kerry's project that earned the fellowship is entitled "Wireless Experimentalism: Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), 1966-71.

Kerry’s research examines the early history of Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT), an organization designed as a matching agency for artists and engineers interested in multidisciplinary collaboration. She argues that musicians active within this organization used sound to register and manifest what EAT’s founders described as their “technological environment.”

Congratulations, Kerry!

Photography Instructor Featured in Chicago Magazine

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We're very pleased and excited for NIU School of Art and Design photography instructor Assaf  Evron who is featured in the latest issue of Chicago Magazine.

Assaf is noted as one of "Four Rising Chicago Artists Worth Investing In." In the article, his work is noted as being "...smart and subtle and appealingly enigmatic. It lingers with you."

In addition, Assaf's work is now on display in two exhibitions simultaneously: at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in a show called Phantoms in the Dirt, which runs through October 5, and at the Hyde Park Art Center in a show called The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle, which runs through November 23.

Congratulations, Assaf!

MFA Acting Alumna Becomes Famous in Japan

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Charlotte Fox, a 2013 graduate of the MFA in Acting program in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, took a chance and through that has become famous as an actor on a TV series in Japan. Because of her new notoriety, Charlotte is on the cover of, and featured inside, the new issue of Backstage magazine. Backstage is the primary source of auditions and industry news for actors on both coasts and across the United States.

Our friends at NIU Today have written about Charlotte's accomplishment - please check out the NIU Today article here and the Backstage article here.

Congratulations, Charlotte!

Avalon String Quartet Violist Named Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts

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Tony Devroye,  Associate Professor of viola at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) School of Music and violist of the famed Avalon String Quartet, has been named the new Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts (RHC), the 15-year-old organization that brings high quality classical music to the public for free in its weekly summer concert series at St. James Cathedral (65 E. Huron St. in River North). Devroye has served the organization this year as Consulting Artistic Director, working closely with Interim Artistic Director Brant Taylor and Associate Artistic Director Kuang-Hao Huang to preserve the mission and vision of RHC founder and former Creative Director Deborah Sobol, who passed away unexpectedly last January. The announcement of Devroye’s new title with RHC, which takes effect immediately, was made this past Tuesday night, August 26, at the final concert of the 2014 season.

Huang will continue in his capacity as Associate Artistic Director with RHC, primarily overseeing Mak…

Sculpture Professor's Work Appears in Solo Exhibition

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Mike Rea, assistant professor of sculpture in the NIU School of Art and Design, will have several of his works on display at a solo exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University. The show is entitled MIKE REA: scenes of sights and sounds of scenes.

The press release for the exhibition states "Mike Rea has conflated the notions of working hard and playing hard for over a decade with his bombastic wooden sculptures. Replicated and reinvented moments of cinematic horror, science fiction, comedy and drama intermingle with memory to form bizarre personal narratives. Over the years, each uncanny conglomeration of familiar objects and themes has both thrilled and confounded audiences. The delight in the experience of Mike Rea’s vision is the balance between a feeling of understanding that is quickly replaced by new, surprising discoveries. Whether as conventional sculptures standing alone, or as props in interactive installations and performances, these often-massiv…

Art Faculty Member Featured in Interview

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Geoffrey Todd Smith, Instructor in the NIU School of Art and Design, is featured in an interview on the website Inside/Within. In the interview, Geoffrey discusses the techniques and approaches he uses to create his paintings, as well as his influences from his childhood and the present. The interview provides terrific insight into the thoughts and processes and motivations behind his work - a great read!

New Feature Film Spotlights Work of NIU Professor and Alumna

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Rachel Rozycki (l.), Melanie Parks at the Premiere of Hogtown
Hogtown is a new independent feature film directed by Daniel Nearing with 9:23 Films. Hogtown premiered on August 22, 2014, at the Gene Siskel Film Center to a sold-out house. Hogtown also sold out for the second preview on August 25, 2014.

One of the film's producers, Rachel Rozycki, is an NIU Acting alumna (2000). Rachel earned her MFA in film production in 2013 at Governor's State University, and she was recently on the archival team for the Steve James film Life Itself.

Melanie Parks, Associate Dean of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts and a professor in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, designed the costumes for the film.

Hogtown is a feature-length, black and white experimental dramatic film set in circa 1919 Chicago. Hogtown has been accepted into the Calgary International Film Festival in September.

Congratulations Melanie and Rachel!



Printmaking Professor Featured in International Triennial

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Michael Barnes, professor of printmaking in the NIU School of Art and Design, is off to Serbia where his work is being featured in the Second International Printmaking Triennial. Held in Belgrade, the exhibition of Michael's work is being presented at the Centre for Graphic Arts and Visual Researches AKADEMIJA, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Arts Belgrade.

While in Serbia, Michael will also be working at the Centre for Graphic Arts and Visual Research for two weeks to present lectures, panels, workshops, and to publish a work of art with their master printer. The travel and professional activities are being funded by the Fulbright Specialist Project that Michael was just awarded.

About his work, the Triennial website states "Michael Barnes critically treats aggressiveness in human nature, by analyzing the form of weapons through his explicit commitment to meticulous drawing and skillful usage of lithographic media."

Congratulations, Michael!

Music Professor Emeritus Staying Busy

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Robert Fleisher (Professor Emeritus, NIU School of Music) retired on June 1, following more than three decades teaching music theory, aural skills and composition at NIU. On June 8, his Five Songs from Carl Sandburg’s “Prairie” were performed in St. Petersburg, FL as part of the New Music Conflagration concert series. Over 300 works were submitted from more than 30 countries, of which the NMC selected 25 for its inaugural season. In July, Dr. Fleisher’s Ma mère was selected by cellist Ovidiu Marinescu and Parma Recordings for a forthcoming CD, the program of which will be performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City next spring. Most recently, Dr. Fleisher participated in the 2014 Parma Music Festival (August 12-16) in Portsmouth, NH, where his electro-acoustic composition, Dans le piano, was heard.

Jazz Professor Noted on Chicago Symphony Orchestra Website

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Some readers may recall the tremendous news and accolades afforded to Geof Bradfield, professor of Jazz Studies in the NIU School of Music (here and here).

Now, Geof's work is being noted even more broadly as his work in creating Melba! is noted on the website of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In the paragraph about Geof's work, the link to the NPR page brings up the performance of Melba! that was presented at NIU.

Congratulations, Geof!

Dance Students Practice Philanthropy

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Each year, a group of undergraduate dance majors from the NIU School of Theatre and Dance collaborate with art and music students, as well as community artists, to produce an event known as "Art for Life." This event is a fundraiser for the Chicago chapter of Dance for Life. This past school year the event took place on December 7, 2013 at Huntley Middle School in DeKalb

We're very pleased to announce that the event raised a significant amount of funding. Above is a photo of
Anthony Guerrero, producer of Dance for Life Chicago, receiving a check in the amount of $2,000.00 from
Maggie Priore, senior dance major (graduated May 2014) at NIU and coordinator of Art for Life. Maggie was able to present the check to Anthony on June 5, 2014.

Congratulations to Maggie and all the NIU arts students who helped make this fundraiser such a success!

Dance Instructor Earns Continued Notoriety

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Autumn Eckman, instructor of dance in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, has been extremely busy lately and has earned several kudos for her recent work:

- Autumn was recognized by Dance Magazine for women in choreography

- She was named as one of Chicago's "Top 50 Players in the Arts" by NewCity Publication.

- This past March, Autumn choreographed the premiere of "Mist" for the Giordano Dance Chicago in collaboration with Chicago choral group " Bella Voce"

- This summer and fall Autumn is serving as Artist-In-Residence with the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara for the creation of the full length ballet "Scheherazade," for their 20th anniversary season

- Autumn's 2013 Work "JOLT" (Giordano Dance Chicago) was selected to be performed in Dance For Life, August 16, 2014.

- Autumn was selected as dancer in a new work by Ron De Jesus in  Lar Lubavich's Chicago Dancing Festival, August 22, 2014.

Congratulations, Autumn!

School of Art Impacts Camp Power

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Camp Power has been a new-for-2014 endeavor between NIU, the City of DeKalb, and several other important local entities, working with 600 children who live in University Village. As part of the wide variety of activities available, NIU School of Art and Design instructor Eric Fuertes and graduate assistant Allen Moore helped the campers create a comural. At the end of the project, the campers received a tour of the School of Art.

Camp Power participants creating the comural
Camp Power participants touring the School of Art
In September, the comural will be donated to the City of DeKalb at a City Council meeting. Thank you to Eric and Allen, and Congratulations to everyone involved!

Theatre Professor Directs Chicago Premiere

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(photo by Ron Goldman)
Kay Martinovich, recently appointed as Assistant Professor in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, has directed the Chicago premiere of Down Range by Jeffrey Skinner, which opened last Thursday, August 7, in Chicago.

Genesis Theatrical Productions, in conjunction with National Pastime Theater, is presenting the Chicago premiere of Down Range, a raw and touching play that revolves around the high cost of multiple deployments for two military families. The year is 2009 and two combat soldiers return home from Iraq following an IED attack on their vehicle. Down Range depicts the soldiers’ inability to ever leave the war behind, and the ripple effects this has on their families, friends, and ultimately on an entire community.

Down Range runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 7:30 pm from now to August 31 at the Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Avenue, 4th Floor, in Chicago, Illinois. NIU folks joining Kay in the presentation of this production are…

NIU Racks Up Several Art Awards

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Congratulations are in order for several NIU School of Art and Design folks, both current faculty and alumni, for their selections as one of this year's 2014 Illinois Art Education Association Award Winners!

Illinois Art Educator of the Year: Alumna Deyana Matt
Higher Education Art Educator of the Year: Professor Dr. Kerry Freedman
Distinguished Service in the Profession of Art Education: Alumnus Joseph Hernandez
Presidents Award: Alumnus Chris Grodoski

CONGRATULATIONS to all!

Ensemble in Residence Releases First Commercial Recording

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We're proud to announce that Cor Cantiamo, NIU School of Music ensemble-in-residence (www.corcantiamo.org), and Founding Artistic Director Eric A. Johnson, will be celebrating their first commercial CD with Centaur Records with an official release in the United States and Canada on Tuesday, August 12. The album will be available internationally on all of the major download and stream sites, as well as on the various classical specialty sites.


The recording, Canticum: The Choral Music of Jaakko Mantyjarvi, features sacred and secular repertoire including Alarum Bells which was commissioned by Dr. Johnson and the NIU Choral Program.

This album was crafted through the combined work of NIU faculty, alumni, and internationally acclaimed artists. It was  produced by award-winning composer and producer Donald Fraser, and recorded in partnership with the composer (Jaakko Mantyjarvi) participating  in the recording sessions that occurred on the NIU campus in the summer of 2013.

Cor Canti…

Art Faculty Members Curate Show in Chicago

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NIU School of Art and Design faculty members Michael Rea and Geoffrey Smith curated a show in Chicago, entitled "Ugly Smile." The exhibit is an investigation of humor, and is at the Peanut Gallery through this coming Sunday.

Mike and Geoff were able to include works by current NIU art students as well as work by NIU art alumni. There is a nice review of the show in The Chicagoist.

Congratulations to Mike, Geoff, the students and alums!

Art Education Division Busy Internationally

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Several Art Education faculty members and doctoral students in the NIU School of Art and Design have been busy internationally over the past few months. Here are some of the highlights:


Professor Richard Siegesmund
- Has been invited by the German Ministry of Education to be one of 60 educators invited to a 2-day workshop on future directions of the German national curriculum.  They'll be flying him over to Dusseldorf in September to participate in this development project.
- Presented a lecture at the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) world Congress in Melbourne, Australia, July 10. "Developing Agreement on Criteria for the Assessment of Arts Based Research" (Panel with Kerry Freedman)
- Was  invited by the University of Granada in Spain, in January 2014,  to teach a one-week masters class for the Department of Art Education.


Professor Kerry Freedman
- Gave a keynote address, Images that Transform: Analyzing Visual Culture that Changes People's M…