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Photography Students Works in Group Show

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We are pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition at Mad Art Gallery in St. Louis, MO, featuring the work of photography students from the NIU School of Art and Design. This exhibition, entitled The Desire For…, will run from June 3rd to June 21st, 2014. A public reception will be held on Friday, June 13th, 2014 from 7:00-11:00pm.

As a part of the NIU Art Museum’s programming series, Director of Mad Art Gallery and visual artist Carrie M. Becker came to NIU in March to deliver a lecture about her background and artistic practice. While at NIU, Ms. Becker also met with advanced photography students to evaluate their artwork and offer suggestions for how they might develop and improve as they move forward. She was so impressed with the students’ work that she invited four of them to mount a group exhibition in her gallery. The NIU School of Art and Design and the NIU Art Museum applaud these outstanding young artists on their success.

The participating student artists are Jennifer Knoblo…

Clarinet Professor Releases CD in Helsinki

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Composer Olli Virtaperko (l) with Greg Barrett in Helsinki


Greg Barrett, professor of clarinet in the NIU School of Music, just returned from Helsinki, Finland, where he performed at the CD release concert of the ALBA label CD, "Eliangelis, Contemporary Finnish Music for Clarinet(s)." Mikko Raasakka is the main clarinet artist on the CD, and Greg joined him in commissioning and recording 25 minutes of new works for two clarinets, and clarinet and bass clarinet by Olli Virtaperko (in photo above) and Riikka Talvitie.

The new CD, ALBA 368, is in the Super Audio CD, Multichannel 5.0 format, and plays on all SACD and CD players. Greg has previously released on the ALBA label "The Finnish Clarinet," ALBA CD 126.

The commissioned works were performed at the concert, and Greg and Mikko were joined by clarinetists from the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as Sibelius Academy doctoral clarinet students for a performance of Steve Reich's New York Counterpoint.

While …

Photography Professor Receiving Notoriety

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Jessica Labatte, newly-appointed Assistant Professor of Photography in the NIU School of Art and Design, will have a busy and productive summer of making and displaying her work.

Jessica has been invited to participate in the Light Work Artist-in-Residence program in Syracuse, NY. This prestigious honor is afforded to only twelve to fifteen artists per year. Jessica will spend the month of June utilizing the state-of-the-art facilities and support staff at Light Work to create several new pieces.

In addition, Jessica's works are included in an exhibition currently on display at Ohio State University, entitled "Fragments of an Unknowable Whole." The exhibition will be up through July 5 and is at the OSU Urban Art Space in Columbus.

Congratulations, Jessica!

Music Professor Earns Kudos for New Recording

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David Maki, NIU School of Music composition faculty member, is featured as both composer and performer on double bassist Anthony Stoops’ new recording, Insights: New Music for Double Bass. The CD features new works by Maki and three other composers and was recorded at NIU by Dan Nichols, Head of NIU School of Music Recording Services, assisted by NIU music graduate student Scott McConnell. It was released by Albany records in January, and has been garnering positive reviews.


American Record Guide says, “David Maki’s "Out of the Woods" is an expressively satisfying composition that pulls us in varying directions…” Fanfare Magazine says, “Every single movement is a small gem; the music bounces and propels itself through the use of real jazz rhythms, the lack of improvisation notwithstanding. Maki’s own piano solo in the last movement, titled "Circles,” has a sort of Jaki Byard feel to it, and throughout Stoops’s bass alternately thrusts and sings in both a musical and lyri…