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Upcoming Excursions

The NIU Art Museum’s Get-On-The-Bus trips should not be missed!

To reserve your seat on the bus, call the NIU Art Museum at 815-753-1936. Visit our sign-up page for more details.


Thursday, September 7

The Photographer’s Curator and Paul Gauguin exhibitions at the AIC

Join us for “The Photographer’s Curator: Hugh Edwards" at the Art Institute of Chicago that highlights how curator Hugh Edwards’ specialization in photography shaped the field in Chicago and across the country. Also visit “Paul Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist,” an in-depth view of the Post-Impressionist’s creativity that challenged cultural and material boundaries before it closes September 10.
RSVP by 9/4. Departure 9:00 a.m. Expected Return 5:15 p.m. Price: NIU Art Museum Members $20; Non-Member Adult $30; Non-Member Student/Senior $25. Ticket price includes transportation. Meals and incidentals not included. Admission on your own (AIC Members Free. IL residents $22 adults and $16 Student/Seniors; Gauguin exhibition additional $7.).


CANCELLED

Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10    

Bloomington/Normal/Mt. Vernon Overnighter

Join us for stops at history museums, art centers and galleries in Bloomington and Normal en route to and from our two nights in Mt. Vernon where we will attend the 41st annual Cedarhurst Art and Craft Fair, discover the delights of the Goldman-Kuenz Sculpture Park and Mitchell Museum of Art on Cedarhurst's lovely tree-lined estate. Links to area attractions (pdf).
Application Form (pdf) required. $$$. Small group, limited seating. Early-Bird Discount Registration: 8/25Early-Bird Discount Registration: 9/6. We are sorry, but this trip has been cancelled.


CANCELLED

Sunday, October 1 – Wednesday, October 4

Art PRIZE Grand Rapids, Michigan Overnighter

9th annual Art Prize festival in Grand Rapids. Stop in Saugatuck and at market en route. Opportunity to discover artworks installed all over the city that are competing for $500,000 in prize money awarded by both professional art jurors and by public opinion. "WTF? Part 1" and "WTF? Part 2" presentations Monday and Tuesday evening will discuss what and why the guest jurors chose what they did.
Application Form (coming soon) required. $$$. Small group, limited seating. Early-Bird Discount Registration: 9/6. We are sorry, but this trip has been cancelled.


Friday, October 27

Bronzeville Murals, South Side Arts Center, and DuSable Museum

Go on a private tour of Bronzeville’s contemporary and historic outdoor African American murals with Chicago Public Arts Group member and journalist Jeff Huebner. Hear how these socially conscious community arts projects by pioneering Chicago muralists William Walker, Mitchell Caton, Calvin Jones, and others impacted their communities. Enjoy the soul food lunch buffet from local favorite, Pearl’s Place. From lunch walk to the South Side Community Arts Center, the oldest African American WPA era Art Center to remain continuously open. Finally, visit DuSable Museum of African American History or walk to the Smart Museum of Art.
RSVP by 10/20. Departure 8:15 a.m. Expected Return 6:15 p.m. Price: NIU Art Museum Members $40; Non-Member Adult $50; Non-Member Student/Senior $45. Ticket price includes transportation, mural tour and entry to SSCAC. Meals and incidentals not included. Other admissions on your own (DuSable $10 adults and $7 student/seniors with I.D. Smart Museum admission is free.).


Friday, November 10

Museum of Contemporary Photography Collection Tour

Take a private docent-guided tour of selections from the MoCP’s collection that considers alternative processes and techniques in photography. Hear about their current exhibition “Disruptive Perspective,” a group exhibition of contemporary photography that focuses on gender and identity. Enjoy lunch in the neighborhood before visiting Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery or the Spertus Institute’s current exhibition on your own. Dedicated to socially engaged photography, the Gage Gallery’s current exhibition “Nowhere People: The Children,” documents the plight of individuals without a country and statelessness around the world. Spertus Institute’s “Outside Inside: Exploring Boundaries and Otherness” exhibits new work by twelve distinguished artists from the Midwest Jewish Artists’ Lab.
RSVP by 11/3. Departure 8:15 a.m. Expected Return 5 p.m. Price: NIU Art Museum Members $25; Non-Member Adult $35; Non-Member Student/Senior $30. Ticket price includes transportation and MoCP tour. Meals and incidentals not included.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition Woman with a Camera

View the MCA’s “Woman with A Camera” exhibition of photography by 14 diverse women including both established and younger artists who examine politics, history, and identity through their photographic subjects of the human figure, public and private spaces, and the media in contemporary culture. Enjoy lunch in the neighborhood before visiting the Catherine Edelman Gallery where we will be greeted by the Director herself for a brief overview of her gallery, contemporary photography collecting, and the current show, “Bettina Von Zwehl: Portraits.” Dedicated to the art of photography, the gallery exhibits prominent contemporary photographers as well as new and young emerging talent.
RSVP by 12/5. Departure 9:30 a.m. Expected Return 5 p.m. Price: NIU Art Museum Members $20; Non-Member Adult $30; Non-Member Student/Senior $25. Ticket price includes transportation. Meals and incidentals not included. Admission on your own (MCA Members and IL residents are free on Tuesdays.).


Please note dates and prices of bus trips are subject to change and trips are frequently added throughout the year.
Pre-registration and payment required for all Get-on-the-Bus Excursions. Payment may be made with cash, check made out to NIU or major credit card over the phone. NIU Art Museum members receive discounts on bus trips as well as access to Members’ Only excursions. Members are always welcome to submit ideas and requests.

Gallery Hours

Free and open to the public
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon-7 p.m.
Sunday Noon-4 p.m.
By appointment for group tours.

Closed during the summer, between exhibitions and during university holidays.

Location

The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall, on the corner of College Avenue and Castle Drive on the main campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.

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