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Category: Visual and Performing Arts
Center for Black Studies
Open forums begins Tuesday, May 3, for the five finalists for the directorship of the NIU Center for Black Studies. Established in 1971, the Center for Black Studies supports the mission of the university to promote excellence and engagement in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, artistry and outreach and service. It operates under the leadership of...
Rachel Barton Pine
The NIU Community School of the Arts will welcome international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine will teach the annual master class at this summer’s Advanced String Quartet Workshop. “An exciting, boundary-defying performer – Pine displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon.” – The Washington Post “Striking and charismatic … she...
The NIU Community School of the Arts has announced the schedule for spring recitals and concerts. Solo and ensemble performances are featured in April and May on the stage of the Recital Hall and Concert Hall in the NIU Music Building. All CSA concerts and recitals are free and open to the public. Founded in...
The Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming Mainstage Series production of its Spring 2016 Dance Concert is a mixed repertoire dance show, with three dance pieces under the choreographic direction of faculty members Richard Grund, Blair Burkhalter and Paula Frasz. Opening Thursday, April 28, the Spring 2016 Dance Concert illustrates the many...
Northern Illinois University’s School of Art and Design presents “Arts and Recreation,” the Spring 2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts group exhibition of undergraduate senior-level artwork. Join students as they host opening celebrations beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Jack Olson Gallery in the Visual Arts Building and 7 p.m. at Gallery 215,...
For 200 years, popular culture has used the phrase “met one’s Waterloo” to describe someone who has suffered an utter defeat or an insurmountable confrontation. The phrase was born when the armies of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington met on the battlefield near Waterloo, Belgium, in 1815, resulting in Napoleon’s defeat. NIU’s...
Paul Kassel
Paul Kassel, professor of theatre arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz, will become dean of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts. Members of the NIU Board of Trustees endorsed his appointment April 14 following a national search. Kassel begins work July 1 in DeKalb. NIU Executive Vice President...
Kay Martinovich, a director, and Robert Schneider, a playwright, both professors in NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance, will explain “Where Drama Comes From” in a free public lecture Thursday, April 21. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in the Diversions Lounge Theatre in the Holmes Student Center. Both professors will provide examples from their...
Joan Allen, NIU alumna and star of ABC’s “The Family.”(Photo used with permission)
After decades of film work, actress and NIU alumna Joan Allen is relishing the experience of her “kind of, sort of” first television series. Allen, theatre arts ’89, starred for one season in the HBO series “Luck” and for six episodes of the AMC series “The Killing.” But “The Family,” airing at 8 p.m. CST...
Theater, visual arts and instrumental jazz are on the summer camp agenda at NIU this summer. At Summer in the Arts at Northern residential camps for junior high and high school students, campers work and live with NIU faculty, alumni, and students, gain a greater appreciation for the life of an artist, and experience their...
“Blithe Spirit,” the NIU School of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming Mainstage Series production, is what director Patricia Ridge calls “a classic.” The supernatural comedy will open Thursday, April 7, at the Huntley Middle School auditorium, 1515 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb. “Noel Coward wrote this play in 1941, at the worst of the bombing by...
The NIU Art Museum opens a major exhibition suite this spring that explores the exuberance and glamour of the Art Deco period with two full exhibitions and two smaller studies. “Between the Wars: Contrasts, Parallels, Shifts and Patterns” and “Beyond Gatsby: Common Luxury in American Art Deco chart the stylistic expressions and transitions that occur...
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