Celebrating art, artistry at NIU

Yih-Wen Kuo: “Eternal Home” series
Yih-Wen Kuo: “Eternal Home” series

The Northern Illinois University Art Museum and the Office of the President are celebrating NIU’s artistry and talent from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at a public reception in Altgeld Hall.

Visitors will see recent work by faculty and teaching staff from the NIU School of Art and Design exhibited at the Art Museum alongside selected NIU student artwork on display in the president’s office gallery, located on Altgeld Hall’s third floor.

It marks the opening of NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial invitational exhibition, which runs from Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 20.

At the same time, enjoy access to NIU President Doug Baker’s office galleries to applaud the student-curated display of NIU student photography and printmaking.

During the reception, guests may enjoy seasonal refreshments, appetizers, desserts and cider at the Art Museum located on the west end of the first floor of Altgeld Hall and in the president’s office foyer. This reception is hosted by the Office of the President.

About the Office of the President’s Student Artwork Display

Two NIU School of Art and Design graduate students, Corey Stout and Kelsea Nichols, currently serve as curators for the presidential galleries. Stout and Nichols, with the guidance of Design and Media Arts faculty member Jessica Labatte, are responsible for selecting and hanging student artwork for display on a semiannual basis in President Baker’s office and home.

This practice is evidence of the commitment to the arts on campus and to student career success.

Student artists now on display include Jennifer Knobloch, Katherine Houlne, Amy Fleming, Joseph Randle, Juan Molina Hernandez, Timothy Riley, Abigail Searles, Shistine Peterson, Courtney Pratt, Amy Chow, Trent Pierson and Tony Zanker.

Michael Barnes: “Concealing the Source.”
Michael Barnes: “Concealing the Source.”

About the Faculty Biennial Exhibition

The 2015-2016 Faculty Biennial exhibition features new work and current research of faculty and teaching staff from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and Design.

Every two years the biennial emphasizes the caliber of the faculty and the breadth and strength of the arts programs offered at NIU from various disciplines including fibers, time arts, visual communication and illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking, metals and jewelry, art history and art education.

The work and research of 30 faculty and teaching staff are represented including: Michael Barnes, Todd Buck, Billie Giese, Alexandra Giza, Cynthia Hellyer-Heinz, Rebecca Houze, Barbara Jaffee, Joshua Johnson, Katie Kahn, James Kearns, Yih-Wen Kuo, Jessica Labatte, Christine LoFaso, Kimberly Martens, Jamie Obermeier, Peter Olson, Catherine Raymond, Michael Rea, Nina Rizzo, Kurt Schultz, John Siblik, Lee Sido, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Kryssi Staikidis, Ben Stone, Frank Trankina, Peter Van Ael, Shei-Chau Wang, Kathie Webb and Bart Woodstrup.

Associated Events and Educational Programs

Many of the Art Museum’s events and educational programs associated with the exhibition are free and open to the public. More information about the exhibitions, events and educational programming is available online. To register for events, call (815) 753-1936 or email shenn1@niu.edu.

A closing reception is planned from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

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