As an art museum belonging to an academic institution, the dual roles of the Northern Illinois University Art Museum are to contribute to the university’s educational curriculum and to provide opportunities for art education and cultural enrichment throughout the community. The Museum serves to educate, preserve, exhibit and enlighten by balancing the challenges of contemporary art with the riches of traditional media for a comprehensive examination of visual culture.  The Museum pursues its goal of furthering understanding of the visual arts by presenting a balance of high-quality, professional contemporary art exhibitions supplemented by written educational material, gallery talks, artist lectures, panel discussions, symposia and other related activities.