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Northern Illinois University Art Museum reopens to the public

September 8, 2020

Michael Rea Piano sculpture

The NIU Art Museum welcomes the campus and community back to the galleries on Tuesday, September 8 with the extended exhibition of the NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Continuum. The museum is excited to reopen, cautiously providing a space for reprieve, contemplation and enjoyment.

Visitors are welcome on campus, but we ask that you take the same precautions we ask our students, faculty and staff to protect yourself and others. Importantly, we ask that anyone feeling unwell to postpone their visit for another time. Guidance on university events will continue to evolve over the course of the semester. Before your next visit, please view our website for the latest information and details on safety, scheduling changes, cancelations or additional notices. New protocols and cleaning procedures help protect campus and community, students, faculty and staff. Changes include new limited hours, capacity restrictions, and timed entry scheduled online for your convenience.

New limited hours:
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday
Noon – 6 p.m. Friday
Noon – 3 p.m. Saturday, and by limited appointment
Admission is free and open to the public.

What to know before you visit:

  • Gallery capacity is currently limited to 6 people per gallery.
  • Large group gatherings are not permitted and the ability to conduct guided tours is impacted.
  • Timed entry can be scheduled online for your convenience and safety at
  • Physical distancing is encouraged. Please maintain 6 feet of distance from others and avoid gathering in groups.
  • Face masks are required over your nose and mouth and secured under chin whenever inside campus buildings.

While campus group gatherings are not permitted, we anticipate presenting pre-recorded and live virtual experiences this fall as part of our calendar of events. Please continue to check our website for new content and instructions on how to join in and watch from home.

The School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Continuum exhibition reopens Tuesday, September 8 and runs through November 14, 2020. The work on display represents the activity and interests of individual members of the School of Art and Design, but also the breadth of the arts programs and disciplines offered at NIU. Work includes the fields of: Art and Design Education; Art History; Ceramics; Drawing; Fibers; Illustration; Metals and Jewelry; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Visual Communications; Sculpture; and Time Arts.

About the NIU Art Museum

Serving Campus and Community by Balancing Traditional and Contemporary Art to Explore the Connections Made through Visual Culture.

Part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts‘ vibrant and active arts community on campus, the Northern Illinois University Art Museum is a resource for the NIU campus, local community and beyond. The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall, at the corner of College Avenue and Castle Drives on the main campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.

Parking is available in the Visitor Pay Lot located at 200 Carroll Ave. Limited metered and accessible parking spaces are available in front of Lowden Hall with accessible aisles and route to Altgeld. Campus parking is free on weekends and after 5 p.m. weeknights.

To request disability-related accommodations for museum programs, please contact the museum at least one week in advance.

The exhibitions and programs of the NIU Art Museum are sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Friends of the NIU Art Museum; and the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Season Presenting Sponsor Shaw Media.

Top photo: Foreground detail of Mike Rea’s Tight Notes and Black Holes, CTINH, 2019, Wood and rope, with Michael Barnes’ Animals of Bremen, 2018-2019, Lithograph, and Nina Rizzo’s Venetian Moon, 2019, Oil on canvas seen on the gallery walls.