Showing posts from July, 2014

Gallery Director Joins State-wide Museum Board

Congratulations are in order for Peter Van Ael, Coordinator of the Olson Gallery in the NIU School of Art and Design and the Coordinator of NIU's Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. Peter has been invited to join the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Museums.

The Illinois Association of Museums provides advocacy, promotes best practices, and fosters the exchange of ideas for the museum community in Illinois.

Congratulations, Peter!

Painting Professor's Works on Exhibit in Chicago

We're pleased to announce that several works by Frank Trankina, professor of painting in the NIU School of Art and Design, will be on exhibition in the Third Floor Gallery at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The opening reception for the exhibition will be Thursday, August 7 at 5:30 p.m., with remarks by Frank starting at 6:00.

The Union League Club of Chicago is located at 65 West Jackson Boulevard. Please join Frank if you can!

Art Instructor Impacts NIU College Bridge Program

Eric Fuertes, Instructor in the NIU School of Art and Design, has been working with 44 students in this summer's College Bridge Program to create a "comural." The comural (Mobile Community Murals) consists of four large panels which, when placed in a row, create one complete mural.

Eric and the students utilized NIU's Mission Statement and the four themes of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry, and outreach and service to determine the subject matter for each of the four panels.

Assisted by School of Art and Design graduate assistant Allen Moore and four counselors from the program, Eric and the students have completed the work which will be on display through the end of this month in the first floor lobby of the Holmes Student Center.

Congratulations to all!

Steelpan Alumna Earns Noted National Fellowship

Congratulations are in order for alumna Mia Gormandy, who earned her Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree from the NIU School of Music as a performance major specializing in steelpan. Since her time at NIU, Mia has completed a masters degree in musicology at Florida State University and remains there as a doctoral student in musicology. While working on her degrees at FSU, Mia is directing their steel band and teaches courses in world music and popular music.

We've just learned that Mia is this year's recipient of the prestigious Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship, awarded by the American Musicological Society. The press release about the award states "The Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship is presented by the Society to promising minority graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in music. The 2014–15 fellowship recipient is Mia Gormandy (Florida State University)." There is only one award nationwide, so this speaks volumes about Mia's graduate work.


Art History Professor Busy Presenting Lectures

Professor Sinclair Bell of the NIU School of Art and Design has given a number of invited lectures this summer to different social and cultural institutions in Chicago. On June 9, he spoke about “From Ben Hur to Nascar: Chariot Racing in Ancient Rome” as part of the adult education series at The Clare, a high-rise senior living community. On June 12, he lectured on “An Empire for Our Time: Cinematic Appropriations of Ancient Rome” to the Italian Cultural Institute. In June he also spoke on “Fashion, Beauty and Female Adornment” to the Woman’s Athletic Club. He will be giving another invited lecture, entitled “12 Years a (Roman) Slave: Life after Slavery in the Roman Empire,” on September 24 at the University Club in Chicago.

Excitement Mounts as Stevens Building Demo Gets Serious

Alex Gelman, Director of the School of Theatre and Dance, taking video
Another angle
Now we know why "Bob the Builder" is such a popular TV show!
Anthony Perrella of the School of Theatre and Dance getting ready to take video with a serious camera rig
As many of you know, after a 20+-year wait, we have begun the project of renovating the Stevens Building for the NIU School of Theatre and Dance. Demolition is in full swing, with the majority of the "light" interior demolition nearly complete, and now the really fun part has begun - heavy equipment and full demolition!

Today, the Stevens Annex is being torn down, and later this week the start of full-on demo of the north wing of the Stevens Building will commence. Those of us who have been here a long time can hardly believe it's finally happening, and we are truly excited.

Time Arts Professor's Work Shown in Istanbul

Bart Woodstrup, assistant professor of Time Arts in the NIU School of Art and Design, collaborated with interdisciplinary artist C. Ryder Cooley on a work entitled Animalia. Bart designed and provided the animations for the work.

Having had presentations in various locations throughout the United States, Animalia is currently being shown (July 1-10) at "Pixels of Identities" at the Mixer Gallery, Istanbul.

"Pixels of Identities" explores all the different facets of social, physical and cultural identities of our contemporary societies. Animalia is an animated fable that invokes visions of secret bee societies and haunted circus scenes and is about a girl who must learn to fly in order to escape from social distress, environmental destruction and the threat of impending war. The Animalia story was developed and designed by C. Ryder Cooley and the animation was done by Bart Woodstrup. Ralph Brill is the Producer and the video is being represented by Brill Gallery, N…