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Cass Bermijo, Lisa Frost and Bobby Broom: NIU Artists. Never. Quit.

March 30, 2020

As NIU and the world around us deals with a global pandemic, artists continue to find ways to express themselves. In the College of Visual and Performing arts the learning and teaching hasn’t stopped, it’s simply evolved to meet the needs and limitations of the situation. Over the coming days, we’ll be featuring how NIU students in the arts are continuing to do what they love.

Cass Bermijo
Time Arts major, NIU School of Art and Design

Pekin, lll.

“I am a senior expecting to graduate this semester. As a student worker I help create information animations, promotional videos, GIFs and stickers for the university’s social media team.

“My goal after I graduate is to edit for a company interested in my skill. The end goal is to work for DreamWorks editing movies.

“A few things I do to keep my creative juices flowing are, sketching ideas, even if they are wacky, crafting costume props, sewing costumes or small projects. I try to stay inspired through my favorite TV shows or a few of my favorite songs. I also try to switch up my scenery. Even though I’m just moving about my apartment, it keeps my creativity flowing.”

Lisa Frost
Art Education alumna
Rockford, IL

Nationally recognized artist Lisa Frost’s mission is to spread cheer throughout the land. With her colorful artwork nationally distributed and her sunny disposition through her travel, public appearances, and social media outlets she is well on her way toward completing her mission. Lisa is the owner of Lisa Frost Studio which is located in Rockford, Illinois. As a native and current resident she is dedicated to her art and giving back to her community. Lisa studied art and painting at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education.

Bobby Broom
Faculty, School of Music

Bobby Broom performed “I’ll Be Seeing You” as part of a “Shelter in Place” concert with fellow NIU School of Music faculty Reggie Thomas and Liam Teague on Facebook Live, March 21, 2020.

Harlem Born, New York City raised, Bobby Broom has been heralded as “one of the most musical guitarists of our time” by jazz historian and author, Ted Gioia. Playing Carnegie Hall with Sonny Rollins and Donald Byrd at age 16, Broom recorded his debut as a leader, “Clean Sweep,” for GRP Records at age 20.

Broom has released 17 recordings in total as a leader. Many have received airplay resulting in national jazz radio chart positions of #1 to #3, resulting in his being recognized as one of the top guitarists by Down Beat magazine’s annual Reader’s Poll in 2015, as well as their Critics Poll for four years, from 2012-2014 and again in 2017.

A dedicated jazz educator throughout his career, Professor Broom holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University.