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Art Museum to host sculpture exhibition

August 17, 2011

From "In the House: Sculpture for the Home"The NIU Art Museum will host a fall sculpture exhibition suite from Tuesday, Aug. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 29.

An opening reception will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.

The exhibitions celebrate wit, social commentary, process and technique in variously scaled contemporary sculpture.

In the House: Sculpture for the Home

While focus has often been on large-scale outdoor public displays of sculpture, “In the House” surveys smaller work appropriate for the interiors of the average home.

Group exhibition of contemporary tabletop and wall sculpture in various media and techniques explore a variety of concerns, issues, processes and techniques. Includes Jerry Bleem, Juan Angel Chavez, Michael Ferris, Michael Gross, John Himmelfarb, Gary Justis, Michael Ransdell and Margaret Wharton; guest-curated by sculptor, educator and collector Michael Bennett.

From "In the Studio and In the Garden: John Balsley Sculpture and Collage"In the Studio and In the Garden: John Balsley Sculpture and Collage

This solo exhibition will showcase figurative metal sculpture and colorful collage prints by Northern Illinois University alum John Balsley. Having had a long career as a noted sculptor, Balsley’s latest ventures have been into what he terms “extreme collage” – multi-layered, detailed pieces balancing between the advances of technology and the primacy of the hand-wrought. Curated by Lee Sido, NIU associate professor of sculpture.

On the Body and In the Hand

This exhibition is an Invitational Alumni Group Show featuring small scale contemporary metalwork and jewelry. Organized by guest curator Jamie Obermeier, associate professor, metals coordinator and board of directors, SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths).

Several special events and workshops have been scheduled in conjunction with the sculpture exhibition suite:

  • Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 to 3 p.m. Informal Curator’s Gallery Talk with Michael Bennett.
  • Saturday, Sept. 24, 1 to 3 p.m. Shoebox Sculpture Slam! Children’s workshop (ages 7 to 12) with artist Christina Gregor. Pre-registration required. Limited to 10 students. Participants will explore the space inside of a shoebox. Using the format of the diorama, children will use everyday materials to build their own mini-installations. Taking small and commonplace materials, they will construct their sculptures and explore the realm of possibilities of assembled, three-dimensional art.
  • Sunday, Sept. 25, noon to 3 p.m. NIU public sculpture tour (campus walking tour with Museum Director Jo Burke). Pre-registration required. Limited to 15 participants.
  • Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Get-On-The-Bus trip to the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Garden in University Park. Guided tour. Bring your own picnic. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 27. Prices vary based on membership. Call (815) 753-1936 for details.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Adventures in Assemblage! Teen 3D workshop (ages 13-17) with artist Christina Gregor. Pre-registration required and limited to 10 students. Participants will dip into 3D and explore the formal elements of sculpture while creating their own free-standing sculpture. They will discover the world of assemblage sculpture using everyday and up-cycled materials, reinventing the ordinary with whimsy and play.

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 2.

Call (815) 753-1936 for more information.