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Art Museum to host ‘in/VISIBLE’ exhibition

January 19, 2011
Michelle Wasson, oil painting, "Ami de Buckethead"

Michelle Wasson, oil painting, "Ami de Buckethead"

The NIU Art Museum will presents “in/VISIBLE: Hiding in Plain Sight” from Tuesday, Jan. 25, through Friday, March 11. The public is invited to an opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday Jan. 27. Artist talks will follow at 6 p.m. in Altgeld 315.

“In/VISIBLE: Hiding in Plain Sight” showcases the diverse work of Margot Balboni, Amy Caterina, Ethan Jackson, Nina Rizzo, Hazel Walker and Michelle Wasson.

Each artist explores the nature of place as both a physical presence and an evocative mood. The human relationship to place includes deep spiritual connections; historical and emotional ties; sentimental and nostalgic attachments (and aversion) to home; and the most cynical exploitation of sites for profit without regard for geological impact or the animal world.

Guest curator Karen Brown, associate professor in the NIU School of Art, said the works selected for this exhibition present an opportunity to consider what is invisible — what is outside or behind or underneath the image. Each piece presents an occasion for a different experience, one that might enhance or contrast with our unquestioned assumptions about our own context.

Whether examining a sweeping vista photographed by Balboni; becoming immersed in an installation by Caterina; feeling lost in a lonely, yet intimate painting by Walker; joining in a dreamlike vista composed by Jackson; or becoming absorbed by the lush, deceptive paintings of Rizzo; or the abstractions of Wasson; the viewer might be prompted to search for that which is initially unseen.

Nina Rizzo, oil painting, "Chandelier"

Nina Rizzo, oil painting, "Chandelier"

Located 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 exhibitions of the NIU Art Museum are funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Friends of the NIU Art Museum and the Arts Fund 21.

For more information, visit or call (815) 753-1936.