Past Trips

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2016 Trips

February 20
NIU Faculty Studio Tour and Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions at AIC

April 27
Art Deco in Chicago CAF Guided tour

May 19
Art Deco in the Fox Valley Sightseeing tour

June 2 - 6
Deco, Detroit and Dynamism Get-on-the-Bus Over Nighter


2015 Trips

December 22
Maker & Muse at the Driehaus Museum, LUMA, and Krishna Exhibit at AIC

October 9
Nicholas Conservatory Tour and Phyllis Bramson: A Thirty Year Retrospective exhibition at RAM

October 3
Chicago Urban Agriculture Initiatives

September 12
Lessons from Modernism at the Elmhurst Art Museum

August 29
STEM Breakfast Café, Lorado Taft Campus, Oregon, IL

June 15
Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford
CANCELLED

April 17
Japanese Prints in the Asian Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago with AIC Curator Janice Katz

April 10
Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies at the Block Museum of Art

February 28
Kane County Flea Market, Saint Charles
CANCELLED

January 30
Private tour of Chicago Conservation Center, Spudnik Press, & Salvage One, Chicago

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2014 Trips

November 13-16
Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender and Reproduction, and other art and world culture museums at University of Illinois, Indiana University, & Brown County, IN, and overnight stay at the Artists’ Colony Inn, Nashville, IN

October 16
David Bowie is... at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

September 21
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 at the Art Institute of Chicago

September 5
Season Gallery Openings in River North and West Loop with afternoon art stop in Chicago, or en route, TBA

August 18
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Research Tower at the Johnson Wax Administration in Racine, Kandinsky: A Retrospective at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin

July 19
Oregon Trail Days, Lowden State Park and NIU Lorado Taft Campus

June 21
Members Only Trip: Louis Comfort Tiffany collection at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, & lectures at The Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago

May 3
The House on the Rock, Wisconsin

March 27–30
Tour of museums, buildings, and neighborhoods in St. Louis

March 15
Hyde Park Art Center, The Smart Museum of Art and the new Logan Center for the Arts.

February 15
Edward Gorey: Elegant Enigmas exhibition at LUMA, & Brewed in Belgium guided tour covering outsider art and the Henry Darger Room at Intuit

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2013 Trips

November 3
50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair: Inspiring Beauty and Vivian Maier's Chicago at the Chicago History Museum

October 25
Members Only Trip: Private Arts and Crafts Collection and Artist's Residency Tour, CrabTree Farm & Ragdale Artist Residency

October 4
Members Only Trip: after hours viewing at Packer Schopf Gallery with Director Aron Packer, Michelle L'Amour's "Wiggle Room" at the Everleigh Social Club

September 22
Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity & Undressed: The Fashion of Privacy at the Art Institute of Chicago

September 6
Chicago Galleries Season Opener in River North and West Loop

April 25-28
Milwaukee and Racine

March 2
DePaul University Art Museum & Chicago Arts Orchestra performance at St. Michael's church in Old Town

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2012 Trips

November 30
Selection of Heritage Museums in Chicago

November 3
Alphonse Mucha, Grant Wood and Marvin Cone: Art Nouveau and Regionalism, Cedar Rapids

October 20
Bridgeport Art Center and Neighborhood Studio Open House

September 7
Chicago Gallery season openings and Roger Brown Exhibits

August 2
Members Only Trip: Rosehill Cemetary walking tour and Civil War Era Quilts from the Illinois State Museum

April 14
Tour of Newberry Library, Chicago Calligraphy Collective Annual Juried Exhibition, & Write Now: Artists and Letterforms, Chicago Cultural Center

March 3
Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, Mary and Leigh Block Museum at Northwestern University, & Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie

February 18
Howard A. Tullman Personal Collection at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, DePaul University Art Museum for Re: Chicago & Highlights from the Permanent Collection

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2011 Trips

November 13
The Avalon Quartet, Beethoven Selections, The Art Institute of Chicago

October 29
The Aurora Public Arts Commission/History Center, The Aurora Regional Fire Museum, & Schingoethe Native American Museum at Aurora University

October 1
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park tour and BYO Picnic, Governors State University

September 9
Season Gallery Openings in River North and West Loop, Chicago

September 3
Summer of CHINA at the Milwaukee Art Museum, & Milwaukee Public Museum

July 22
Member’s Only trip: Warm Light, Cool Shadows: The Life and Art of Ruth Van Sickle Ford exhibition, discussion, and book signing with Ford biographer Nancy Hopp, Aurora Public Arts Commission, & private tour of Bruce Goff designed Ford Round House

June 23-27
Southern Wisconsin: "Outsider, Odd, and Wonderful"

April 16
Members Only Trip: Luncheon and private tour of a collection of Outsider Art housed in a specially created space designed by Award Winning architect Genie Gang

March 19
Museum of Contemporary Art for Susan Philipsz: We Shall Be All, and Jim Nutt, Coming in to Character, & the Art Institute of Chicago for John Marin's Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism

January 29
Printpalooza, Block Museum of Art

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2010 Trips

November 5
SOFA Expo at Navy Pier & Day of the Dead displays at the National Museum of Mexican Art

October 30
Hyde Park Art Center, Renaissance Society, Smart Museum of Art, & Oriental Institute

October 1-4
"Grand, Great, Fabulous GOTBON": Grand Rapids, Michigan for ArtPrize, Meijer Sculpture Gardens, & Heritage Hill House Tours

September 10
Season Gallery Openings in River North and West Loop, Chicago

June 25
Historic architecture (skyscrapers) of the Loop, boat tour on the Chicago River

May 14
Chicago Area WPA Mural Tour with Heather Becker, Lane Technical High School, Nettlehorst elementary and Chopin elementary schools

March 19-21
St. Louis Overnight Pop Culture Extravaganza with Route 66 stops on the way

February 14
Chinese New Year, Chinatown Chicago, fireworks and fun!

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2009 Trips

September 26
Technology and Art trip to Milwaukee Art Museum, the Discovery World Museum & The Third Ward Area

September 11
Season Gallery Openings in River North and West Loop, & Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art for Take Your Time by Olafur Eliasson

May 22
Contemporary Gallery Opening at The Art Institute of Chicago & Cy Twombly The Natural World, Selected Works 2001-2007

May 1
Artropolis: Chicago Art Expo, International Antiques Fair, The Intuit Show, The Artist Project and the Bridge Art Fair

April 4
Elmhurst Art Museum, Lazzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
CANCELLED

February 21
The Aztec World at The Field Museum, led by School of Art Professor Jeff Kowalski, Chicago

January 24
Chic Chicago, Chicago History Museum

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2008 Trips

November 7
SOFA at Navy Pier

October 18
Pilsen Open Studios 2008, Day of the Dead exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art

September 5
Season Gallery Openings in River North and West Loop, & Kurt Perschke's RedBall Project, Chicago

June 7
Chicago for the Printers Row Book Fair

April 25
ARTropolis: Art Chicago and the Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair

February 23
Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago

January 25
The Grammar of Landscape at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, HereThereEverywhere at the Chicago Cultural Center, and Mapping the Self at the Museum of Contemporary Art

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2007 Trips

November 2
SOFA at Navy Pier

October 20
Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford

September 7
Season Gallery Openings in River North and West Loop, Chicago

July 26
Persian Immersion: Mirror of the Invisible World at the Goodman Theater, Persian Ceramics at the Art Institute, & dinner at Reza's

June 23
Madison and Dane County Farmer's market, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for MMoCA Collects and the Wisconsin Triennial, Chazen Museum's Jennifer Argus Silver Wings and Golden Scales installation and Jane Hammond: Paperwork

April 27
Artopolis: Annual Chicago Art Expo & International Antiques Fair

May 4
Member's Only Trip to the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery for Audubon: The Birds of America and While All the Tribes of Birds Sang, & walk through Jackson Park's Wooded Isle led by Pete Olson

March 3
Christian Dior's Chicago designs at the Chicago Historical Museum and Mayan textiles at the National Museum of Mexican Art (formerly the Mexican Fine Arts Center)

February 24
Racine, Wisconsin
CANCELLED

February 10
Chicago Cultural Center for Lasting Foundations: The Art and Achitecture of Africa and David Philpot sculptures, DuSable Museum of African-American History for From Dreams to Determination: The Legacy of Dr. Percy and Anna Julian and 381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story

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2006 Trips

November 4
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Frank Lloyd-Wright's Dana-Thomas House, historical district, & Museum of Funerary Customs, Springfield

October 28
Massive Smart Lama, Chicago MASSIVE CHANGE: The Future of Global Design at the Museum of Contemporary Art and DRAWING AS PROCESS IN CONTEMPORARY ART at the Smart Museum of Art.

October 13
"20 Dirty Hands" Galena area Pottery Studios

September 8
Season Gallery Openings in River North and West Loop, Chicago

September 15
Here to the Moon
Nearby wonders including Moon Project at Fermi Lab Gallery, American Science and Surplus, West Chicago Historical Museum, & the Orleans Street Gallery

May 19
Andy Warhol and Chris Ware exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art & River North Gallery District for the annual NIU MFA exhibition opening, Chicago

April 28
Members Only Trip: Art Chicago, The Thomas Blackman international art expo and the Chicago Antiques Fair

April 22
Private tour of Crabtree Farm, a world-class Arts & Crafts collection on Chicago's North Shore

March 15
Poet Laureate Ted Kooser Reading, Chicago

February 25
Pompeii in Chicago.
Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

February 18
"Forced-March" Chicago Art Extravaganza: Smart Museum, Renaissance Society, Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Butcher Shop/Dogmatic gallery, & special "after hours" tour of the Walsh Gallery

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2005 Trips

November 11
Pan/Sonic opening at the NIU Chicago Gallery and Pilsen neighborhood for their regular "2nd Friday" Artist Studio Openings

October 29
Members Only Trip: Cedar Rapids, Iowa to see the Grant Wood exhibit and tour Grant Wood's studio

October 8
Curator's talk for The Art of Burma with visits to both contemporary and traditional Asian galleries, Chicago

September 24
Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre at the Art Institute and Images of Paris in the Photograph gallery, Anchor Graphics presents printmaking demonstrations, & lunch at a French bistro, Chicago

September 10
Visiting artist lecture by renowned photographer Joel Peter Witkin at Elgin Community College

September 9
River North Gallery Season Opener & stops at the Art Institute and MCA, Chicago

July 8
Culture Clash! Tour of Mies van der Rohe's infamous glass Farnsworth House in Plano & tour of 19th century Sandwich Opera House, Sandwich IL

June 11
Chicago for the annual Printers' Row Book Fair and also the Museum of Contemporary Photography

Friday, April 8
Chicago: Intuit, The Center for Outsider Art exhibit of visionary work & guided tour of the former home and studio of Chicago Imagist artist Roger Brown

March 12
Evanston: Northwestern University Library's annual Chicago Hand Bookbinders, the Leigh and Mary Block Gallery of Art for a William Morris Design exhibition and the Evanston Art Center for Invisible Worlds

February 5
Vietnam Veterans Art Museum and Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago

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2004 Trips

November 12
NIU Chicago Gallery for the Artist's reception for Collaborations, with stops at the Cultural Center and Museum of Contemporary Art.

September 10
River North Gallery Season Opener in Chicago, with stops at the Art Institute and MCA.

July 30
Millennium Park, the Art Institute's Seurat and the Making of the Grande Jatte and the Chicago Cultural Center exhibits by Roger Brown and Fred Wilson

June 5
Hyde Park Art Fair, Chicago

May 7
ArtChicago 2004 Art Expo at Navy Pier

April 24
Oriental Institute with NIU Professor Emeritus Avra Liakos

April 17
NIU Chicago Gallery for the Global Matrix panel discussion

March 24
Art Institute of Chicago for Rembrandt's Journey and the Print Study Room

March 19
Rockford College for Sandy Skoglund Lecture and Reception

February 21
"New Twists in Fiber Tour" to the Smart Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, MCA and River North galleries, Chicago

February 14
Art Institute of Chicago / NIU Chicago Gallery
With symposia by NIU Art History faculty Joshua B. Kind, Jeff Kowalski, and Catherine Raymond.

Saturday, January 17
Newberry Library in Chicago for Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend.
With symposia by NIU Art History faculty Ann Van Dijk, Mary Quinlan and Rebecca Houze.

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2003 Trips

December 18
Sheboygan and Milwaukee, Quilts of Gee's Bend

November 5
Bill Viola Lecture, Chicago

November 5
Eric Fischl Lecture, Chicago

October 17
SOFA at Navy Pier, Chicago

October 9
Christo and Jeanne-Claude Lecture in Rockford, IL

October 3- 5
Saint Louis Art and Museum Weekend Trip

September 5
River North Gallery District Season Opener, Chicago

July 11
Himalayan and American Adventure, Chicago

May 9
Art Expo at Navy Pier & Caribbean dinner

April 12
Buddhism and Art symposium, NIU Chicago Gallery

April 5
Buddhist Centers and Temples; Artist Gallery Talk

March 2
Frida, Diego & 20th Century Mexican Art & Pilsen Mural Tour

February 1
New Year's in China Town and Collectible Gallery Talk

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2002 Trips

November 24
Medici, Michelangelo & Late Renaissance Florence, Art Institute

October 25
SOFA at Navy Pier & Design France: Generation 2001 opening at the NIU Gallery

October 18
"20 Dirty Hands" Ceramics Studios Tour, Galena

September 13
River North Gallery District Season Opener, Chicago

September 7
Sketching & Photo Trip to the Sandwich County Fair

August 11
Gerhard Richter Retrospective, Art Institute of Chicago

July 20
Milwaukee Art Museum new addition

July 12
Racine, WI: Wustum Museum & Frank Lloyd Wright's Johnson Wax headquarters

June 7
Sheboygan, WI: Kohler Art Center & Kohler Design Center

May 10
Art Expo at Navy Pier, dinner in Greek Town

April 20,
Mies in America, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

April 13
West Loop Galleries

March 24
Photography Exhibits: Ansel Adams, ITT, Art Institute, Chicago

February 2
Chihuly in the Park & Retro Curators Talk at the NIU Chicago Gallery

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2001 Trips

December 1
Cleopatra at the Field Museum, Chicago

November 2
Day of the Dead at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago

October 30
VanGogh & Gauguin at the Art Institute, lunch at a French Bistro

October 5
SOFA at Navy Pier & Ah Leon Reception at the NIU Chicago Gallery

September 23
Graceland Cemetary Tour, Chicago Architecture Foundation

September 7
River North Gallery Season Opener, Chicago

July 13
Absolut Chicago Reception for the MFA Show at the NIU Chicago Gallery

May 15
Art Institute of Chicago for Off the Easel, Terra Museum for Rockwell Kent

May 11
Art Expo at Navy Pier, dinner at Gaylords

February 9
Print Shop Tour, Chicago

February 3
Doppelganger Curator's Talk, NIU Chicago Gallery

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2000 Trips

December 2
Tao, Arts of China, Art Institute of Chicago

November 3
SOFA at Navy Pier, Virginia Scotchie Reception at the NIU Chicago Gallery

September 8
River North Gallery District Season Opener, Chicago

July 29
Pharaohs of the Sun at the Art Institute & Philip Glass' "Akhnaten" Opera

July 14
Absolut Chicago MFA Reception, NIU Gallery

June 10
Galena, IL: architecture & home tour & Jim Post's Mark Twain Production

May 14
Dead Sea Scrolls, Field Museum, Chicago

May 12
Art Expo at Navy Pier, dinner in China Town

March 4
Oriental Institute, Robie House, University of Chicago

February 27
Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Chicago Historical Society

February 5
Chicago Art Museums & Blink Curator and Artist's Talk at the NIU Gallery

January 30
Evanston Art Center, Sculpture on the Grounds

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1999 Trips

December 4
Evanston Art Center, "Holiday Market"

November 5
SOFA at Navy Pier & Lynda Lowe Reception at the NIU Chicago Gallery

September 18
Rockford Art Museum for the Ben Mahmoud exhibition and reception

September 11
River North Gallery District Season Opener, Chicago

June 18
Spring Green, WI: Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesen

May 16
"Chicago Public Arts Program" Mural Tour

May 7
Art Expo at Navy Pier & dinner at Wishbone

April 17
DJ Bennett Studio Tour, Lake Forest

March 6
Art of the Motorcycle, Field Museum, Chicago

January 30
Chicago Art Museums & Dysfunctional Home Curator and Artist's Talk at the NIU Gallery

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1998 Trips

November 14
Univ. of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana: Krannert Art Center & Glass-blowing Demo

November 7
Mary Cassatt, Lunch at Russian Tea Time, NIU Alumni Association

October 16
Brush with Nature Reception at the NIU Gallery

October 9
SOFA at Navy Pier

September 11
River North Gallery District Season Opener, Chicago

July 17
Oak Park, IL: Frank Lloyd Wright's home & studio & Unity Temple

June 6
57th Street Art Fair, Hyde Park

May 8
Art Expo at Navy Pier & Tom Skomski Reception at the NIU Gallery

April 18
Oak Park, IL: Frank Lloyd Wright's home & studio & Unity Temple

March 21
Lynda Lowe Madera Studio Tour, Wheaton

January 31
Chicago Art Museums & Corporeal Substance Curator and Artist's Talk at the NIU Gallery

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1997 Trips

October 17
SOFA at Navy Pier & Yih Wen Kuo Reception at the NIU Gallery

October 4
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governor's State University

September 21
John Fraser Studio Tour, St. Charles

September 5
River North Gallery District Season Opener, Chicago

July 13
Art Fair on the Square, Madison, Wisconsin

July 11
Iowa City Printmaking Tour with Mauricio Lasansky & David Driesbach

May 9
Art Expo at Navy Pier, Chicago

April 19
Chicago Art Galleries & Regina Silveira Gallery Talk at the NIU Gallery

February 8
Newly Reopenend MCA, Charles R. Macintosh Exhibit, Addendum panel discussion

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1996 Trip

September 6
River North Gallery District Season Opener, Chicago


1995 Trip

September 8
River North Gallery District Season Opener, Chicago


1994 Trip

September 9
River North Gallery District Season Opener, Chicago

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