Art Museum to host art school faculty show

“Dry Land” by Michael Barnes. Lithograph (2012)New art work and research by current full- and part-time faculty of the NIU School of Art is coming to the NIU Art Museum.

The School of Art Faculty Biennial takes place from Tuesday, Nov. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 15.

An opening reception for the exhibition is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. A closing reception is planned from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The museum is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and from Thursday, Dec. 19, through Monday, Jan. 6, for for the winter recess.

Artists and scholars will be exhibiting works in variety of media including: ceramics, design, drawing, illustration, metal work, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and visual communication; art historical research will also be on display. This exhibition provides an opportunity for NIU and the greater DeKalb/Sycamore community to discover or become reacquainted with the research, ideas, and artwork of the NIU School of Art faculty members.

“Quid Pro Quo” by Michael Rea. Wood, wood-fill, polystyrene and rope (2013)The 2013-2014 NIU School of Art Faculty Biennial includes the research and artwork of Leif Allmendinger, Michael Barnes, Blaine Bradford, Karen Brown, Todd Buck, Juan Fernandez, Eric Fuertes, Billie Giese, Aleksandra Giza, Cynthia Hellyer-Heinz, Rebecca Houze and Kevin Hunter

Other exhibitors are Barbara Jaffee, James Kearns, Yih-Wen Kuo, Jessica LaBatte, Christine LoFaso, Li-Fen Lu, Kimberly Martens, Ashley Nason, Peter Olson, Jamie Obermeier, Mary Quinlan and Catherine Raymond.

Rounding out the group are Michael Rea, Nina Rizzo, Charlotte Rollman, Kurt Schultz, Lee Sido, Richard Siegesmund, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Kryssi Staikidis, Ben Stone, Frank Trankina, Peter Van Ael, Shei-Chau Wang, Bart Woodstrup and David Willett.

An extensive schedule of free public programming relating to the exhibition will be offered in January and February.

NIU Art Museum logoLocated on the west-end first floor of Altgeld Hall, the galleries are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment for group tours.

Exhibitions and lectures are free; donations are appreciated.

Pay parking is available in the visitor’s lot on Carroll Avenue and at metered spots in front of Altgeld Hall. Free parking is available Saturdays and during receptions and visiting artist lectures in the lot northeast of Gilbert and College Drives.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the Friends of the NIU Art Museum; and the Dean’s Circle of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, NIU Foundation.

Call (815) 753-1936 for more information.

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