Then Get-on-the-Bus and enjoy the ride!
Staff at the NIU Art Museum schedule the trip, set the itinerary and make the arrangements. Travelers need only to sign up and prepay by the posted deadlines.
To register for these trips, visit the NIU Art Museum (first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall), call (815) 753-1936 or email [email protected].
Payment may be made with cash, a check made out to NIU or a major credit card. Payment must be made in advance to guarantee a seat on the bus.
Dates and prices of bus trips are subject to change and trips are frequently added throughout the year; check the museum website for the most updated information.
All trips depart from the NIU School of Art parking lot at the northeast corner of Gilbert and College Avenue.
Chicago Gallery Season Openings and Roger Brown exhibit
Friday, Sept. 7
This annual arts extravaganza features over 50 cutting-edge galleries in the West Loop and River North Gallery districts of Chicago. In addition to the gallery receptions, we’ll visit the SAIC Sullivan Galleries to view Lips of Gossip: Eros and Thanatos by Roger Brown as a group before disbursing to do our own thing with optional drop-offs at the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art. There are various shuttle options between the River North and West Loop gallery districts before we reconvene for the ride home.
Bus leaves from the School of Art parking lot at 1 p.m. Return arrival is 10:30 p.m. Transportation costs $12 for members, $16 for students/seniors (non-members) and $20 for others. Remember: galleries are free; museum entry fees are on your own. Food costs at your own expense. Registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Bridgeport Art Center and Eastbank Studio Bi-Annual Open House
Saturday, Oct. 20
The Artists of Eastbank’s casual third Friday open studios expand to a weekend-long event twice a year. Come to the Bridgeport Art Center during these not-to-be-missed events and meet a diverse group of artists who are shaping the Chicago arts culture. Sip on spirits and enjoy light snacks and tunes as you explore their studios and the gallery. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with the artists, view demos and purchase one of a kind artwork.
Bus leaves from the School of Art parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Return arrival is 8:30 p.m. Transportation costs $12 for members, $16 for students/seniors (non-members) and $20 for others. Meal and art purchase costs are at your own expense. Registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Alphonse Mucha, Grant Wood and Marvin Cone; Art Nouveau and Regionalism
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Saturday, Nov. 3.
Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau at the new National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is the only American venue for this historic exhibition of paintings, jewelry, sculpture and lithographs from the Mucha Foundation in Prague and London.
Bus leaves from the School of Art parking lot at 7 a.m. Return arrival is 9 p.m. Transportation and exhibition tickets at Cedar Rapids Art Museum and the NCSML cost $45 for members, $50 for students/seniors (non-members) and $60 for others.. Food costs at your own expense. Registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Chicago Cultural Heritage Museums I
Friday, Nov. 16
This first trip in our series exploring Chicago’s many ethnic cultures and neighborhoods will cover a selection of heritage museums, including the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial.
Bus leaves from the School of Art parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Return arrival is 7:30 p.m. Pricing of transportation and tours as well as additional heritage stops TBA. A limited time will be provided to explore neighborhoods and sample the regional cuisine. Food costs at your own expense. Registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 17.