NIU Art Museum plans spring ‘Get On the Bus’ trips

Salvage One logoWant to meet other art enthusiasts, see innovative exhibitions or be a part of the exciting art scene?

The Northern Illinois University Art Museum has announced its Spring 2015 Get On the Bus schedule with exciting new destinations.

Trips depart from the NIU School of Art parking lot on NIU’s DeKalb campus at the northeast corner of Gilbert and College avenues.

Registration and advance payment are required. Payment may be made with cash, a check made out to NIU or major credit card. Payment must be made in advance to guarantee a seat on the bus.

To reserve a seat on the bus, or for more information, call (815) 753-1936 or email jburke2@niu.edu.

FRIDAY, Jan. 30
Chicago Conservation Center and Salvage One

Find out if your collection needs conservation or just learn about this fascinating science and art. Lunch at Red Delicious Planet followed by private tour of one of the premiere art conservation facilities in the nation, housed in StudioGang-designed offices. Time to visit Spudnik Press, a cooperative print shop and gallery, and explore the warehouse full of architectural finds at Salvage One while in the area before stopping at an art opening at Western Exhibitions for the group show The World is mystical, dangerous and delicious.

  • Limited to 24 participants.
  • Bus departs NIU School of Art parking lot at 9:30 a.m.; return arrival around 8:45 p.m.
  • Transportation and tour: members: $40; student/senior non-member: $45; other: $50.
  • Lunch costs on own.
  • Registration/payment deadline: Thursday, Jan. 22

SATURDAY, Feb. 28
Kane County Flea Market, St. Charles

Season opener of this long-running (more than 47 years) monthly flea market offers a range of collectibles from antiques to tube socks. Part of the fun is the hunt. Opportunity to add to your own collections.

  • Bus departs NIU School of Art parking lot at 11:30 a.m.; return arrival around 5:45 p.m.
  • Transportation and flea market entry fee: members: $10; student/senior non-member: $12; other: $15.
  • Meals on your own.
  • Be prepared to walk, browse and haggle.
  • Wear layers for weather shifts indoors and out.
  • Registration/payment deadline: Thursday, Feb. 26

Logo of the Block Museum of ArtFRIDAY, April 10
Buddhist Art of Kashmir exhibition
at the Block Museum of Art
after lunch
at Himalayan Restaurant,
ending with grocery stop at Patel Brothers Market

Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies presents an original and innovative look at the region of Kashmir, as well as how it has been “collected” over time. Opportunity to purchase ingredients to prepare your own Indian/Pakistani feast as well as to sample treats at a Himalayan restaurant.

  • Limited to 24 participants.
  • Bus departs NIU School of Art parking lot at 10:30 a.m.; Return arrival around 8:30 p.m.
  • Transportation: NIU Art Museum members: $18; student/senior non-member: $20; other: $25.
  • Museum entry is free. Meal and grocery costs on your own.
  • Registration/payment deadline: Wednesday, April 8

FRIDAY, April 17
Japanese Prints in the Asian Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago
followed by shopping trip to Mitsuwa Marketplace

Private viewing of highlights of the Japanese prints in the collection with AIC curator Janice Katz. Time to explore world class galleries featuring works from Asia, Southeast and South Asian and a newly installed Middle Eastern Gallery. Opportunity to discover more about Japanese culture with a shop/stop at the extensive Japanese market, Mitsuwa, in Arlington Heights.

  • Limited to 20 participants.
  • Bus departs NIU School of Art parking lot at 8:45 a.m.; return arrival around 6:45 p.m.
  • Transportation: NIU Art Museum members: $12; student/senior non-member: $15; other: $18.
  • Museum entry and meals on own. AIC members have free admission to the Art Institute. General ticket admission: adult: $23; student/senior $17.
  • Registration/payment deadline: Wednesday, April 1

Anderson Japanese Gardens logoSATURDAY, May 30
Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford

Ranked among the highest quality and most authentic Japanese gardens in North America. Lunch at a Japanese restaurant in Rockford prior.

  • Bus departs NIU School of Art parking lot at 10 a.m.; returns around 6 p.m.
  • Transportation and garden entry: NIU Art Museum members: $20; student/senior non-member: $22; other: $25.
  • Lunch costs on own.
  • Note: Garden paths are uneven.
  • Registration/Payment deadline: Thursday, May 21
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