Dress the walls: museum’s Art to Lend program begins July 18

calderArtwork enriches NIU’s welcoming nature for students, faculty and staff while it brightens the experience for public visitors and provides daily enjoyment in the workplace.

The NIU Art Museum’s annual Art to Lend on-campus artwork rental program returns Monday, July 18, with an exhibition of pieces from the museum’s permanent collection available for rental and display in secure campus offices and administrative areas.

Interested individuals may view the selected works in the museum’s Rotunda Gallery between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day through Friday, July 22. The short, week-long exhibition presents framed works on paper, paintings and photographs.

As in previous years, works will be assigned by lottery based on preferred selections.

This service allows individuals and departments to enhance their private offices and beautify the administrative areas of the university by renting original works of art. Each work meant for public display was carefully selected by museum staff for its broad appeal and its ability to be on loan for up to eight years.

This program is funded through the nominal installation and annual rental fees which cover incurred expenses including matting and framing to make new selections available as well as for the direct care and conservation of the remainder of the permanent collection.

Artwork must be installed in secure, locked areas when not occupied by university personnel. Certain environmental factors, including light levels, humidity and temperature, must also be considered to protect the artwork and be eligible to participate.

For online images, visit the Art Museum’s flickr page. For more information, contact Museum Assistant Director Peter Olson at (815) 753-7867 or polson@niu.edu.

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