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Art Museum to host additional spring programs

March 21, 2013
Ben Rosecrans’ “Accipround.1,” 2012 (detail)

Ben Rosecrans’ “Accipround.1,” 2012 (detail)

In conjunction with the current Mapping Exhibition Suite, the NIU Art Museum has announce additional programming for the month of April.

Exhibitions from this suite are on display through Friday, May 24, with a public reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Supplementary programming will be offered throughout the course of the exhibitions.

Gallery Talk

  • Thursday, March 28, noon to 12:50 p.m., NIU Art Museum, Rotunda Gallery
  • Exhibition curators Heather Green and Peter Olson will discuss the art on display and the process of putting the show together.

Public Reception

Gallery Talk

  • Thursday, April 4, 5:15 to 6 p.m., NIU Art Museum, South Galleries
  • During the public reception, informal gallery talks will be presented by antique map experts George and Mary Ritzlin.

Children’s Workshop

  • Mapping: An Artmaking Adventure
  • Saturdays – April 6, 13 and 20 – from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • This workshop for children ages 9 to 12 will be taught by art education Ph.D. candidate Liz Rex. Class size is limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required. Call (815) 753-1936 or email [email protected] for registration and information.

Situationist Workshop

  • Aimless Wandering: The Theory and Practice of Getting Lost
  • Sunday, April 7, time TBA
  • This workshop will be led by NIU School of Art faculty Karen Brown and Sarah Evans, and is appropriate for college students and adult participants. Pre-registration is required. Call (815) 753-1936 or email [email protected] for registration and information.

Board Game Day

Michael Dinges’ “Sundial,” on loan from the artist and Packer Schopf Gallery.

Michael Dinges’ “Sundial,” on loan from the artist and Packer Schopf Gallery.

  • Sunday, April 7, 2 to 5 p.m., NIU Art Museum
  • Come join us for an afternoon of playing the “10 Days in…” series. All ages are welcome.

Artist’s Talk

  • Thursday, April 11, noon to 12:50 p.m., NIU Art Museum, South Galleries
  • Come listen to contemporary artist Michael Dinges give an informal gallery talk about how his sculptural artwork relates to the themes of the exhibition.

Gallery Talks

  • Mapping: Measuring Across Place and Period
    • Wednesday, April 10, noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 18, 4:30 to 5:20 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 27, 1 to 1:50 pm, NIU Art Museum, South Galleries
  • Come listen to students from the Museum Studies 656 class talk about the pieces on display and recount their experiences of putting together a museum-quality exhibition.


  • “Art a la carte: Decorative Imagery in Maps, 1500-1800”
  • Thursday, April 18, 7:15 to 8 p.m., Altgeld Hall, Room 315
  • Join us as for this fascinating lecture by Gerald Brauer, local map collector and historian.


  • “Maps: From Geography and Navigation to Art and Consumption”
  • Wednesday, April 24, 5 to 6 p.m., Altgeld Hall, Room 315
  • Expand your mind with this comprehensive lecture on cartography. Guest speakers James R. Akerman and Diane Dillon are from the Newberry Library in Chicago.

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 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.