Looking to spruce up your NIU office? Original art available for rent

It is time once again for the NIU Art Museum’s annual Art to Lend exhibition of works from the Museum’s collection that are available for display in secure campus offices. The one-week exhibition is open Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day in the Museum’s galleries on the first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall. This service allows individuals and departments to enhance their private offices and administrative areas of the university by renting original works of art. More information on the program, including images of this year’s selections and our loan policy, may be found on the Art Museum’s website. If you are interested in participating or making selections, please visit the Art Museum to complete a registration form in person during the exhibition.

As in previous years, works will be assigned by lottery based on preferred selections. The lottery drawing will be held on Friday, July 14, and recipients will be notified soon thereafter. There are nominal fees for this service to cover part of the Art Museum’s incurred expenses including matting and framing as well as for the direct care and conservation of the remainder of the permanent collection. The 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. 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. Artwork enriches the university’s welcoming nature for students, faculty, and staff as well as brightens the experience for public visitors and provides daily enjoyment in the workplace.

If you have further questions please contact Museum Assistant Director Peter Olson at 815-753-7867 or by email polson@niu.edu.

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