2006 Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

January 6
Opening Reception for NIU School of Art Faculty Exhibition, NIU Chicago Gallery.

January 18
Opening Reception for exhibitions: roll - run - hit- run - roll - tick - tick -, Estuarine Spaces, and necessary angel. NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, Altgeld Hall, first floor, west end.

January 18
Artist Slide Talk, Jin Soo Kim, Visual Arts Building/Jack Arends Hall, Room 100, DeKalb.

February 3-4
The first of three weekend workshops sponsored by the NIU School of Art. Each will culminate in the installation of the participant’s work in the NIU Art Museum Rotunda Gallery where it will remain on view until the next workshop. Click here for more information.

February 4
Reception for 1st Jin Soo Kim Workshop Installation, NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, Altgeld Hall, first floor, west end.

February 18
"Forced-March" Get-on-the-Bus Trip.
This fast-paced trip will include stops at the Smart Museum, the Renaissance Society, the Museum of Surgical Science, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and a special "after hours" tour of the Walsh Gallery.

February 19
"Harriet Monroe and the Birth of Poetry Magazine" lecture presented by Dr. Becky Bradway, Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar. The Lecture will be in Altgeld 315, with reception to follow downstairs in the Museum, DeKalb. Funded by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council.

February 23
Readings by four Chicago Poets in Altgeld 315. The Department of English at NIU is partnering with the Art Museum to bring a few Chicago Poets to the NIU campus to give readings of their work. Included among them will be John Rezek, Dan Beachy-Quick, Kristy Odelius and Simone Muench all of whom have broadsides of the exhibition necessary angel.

February 25
Pompeii in Chicago Get-on-the-Bus Trip.
Visit the fascinating ancient world "Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption" at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. This exhibition explores the archaeological finds of the ancient city petrified by the volcanic blast of Mount Vesuvias.

March 4
Reception for 2nd Jin Soo Kim Workshop Installation, NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, Altgeld Hall, first floor, west end.

March 9
Closing Reception for Estuarine Spaces, followed by Artist Slide Talk by Joan Truckenbrod in Altgeld 315 at 7 p.m.

March 15
Get-on-the-Bus trip to see Poet Laureate Ted Kooser in Chicago. This trip is organized in conjunction with our Poetry broadside exhibition, necessary angel.

March 24
Opening Reception for Strange Fictions, NIU Chicago Gallery, .

March 28
Opening Reception for POP!, Shot in the Arm and Ars Libris NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, Altgeld Hall, first floor, west end.

April 5
Two Talks: Dr. Jerry Meyer, “The Arts and Crafts Movement: Its Sources and Stylistic Directions around 1900.” and Dr. Rebecca Houze, “Textiles and the Arts and Crafts Interior.” These slide talks by two NIU Art History Professors are offered as background for a NIU Art Museum Get-On-The-Bus trip planned for Saturday, April 22 to see a private, world-class collection of English and American Arts and Crafts furniture and decorative arts from the turn of the last century.

April 8
Reception for 3rd Jin Soo Kim Workshop Installation, NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, Altgeld Hall, first floor, west end.

April 22
Get-On-The-Bus trip for a private tour of a world-class Arts & Crafts Collection on Chicago's North Shore. (informational lecture on April 5)

April 25
Gallery talk and book showing for Ars Libris by collector, artist and NIU School of Art Director Adrian R. Tio (5 p.m.) and Gallery Talk for Shot in the Arm by NIU Printmaking Professor Michael Barnes (6 p.m.).

April 28
MEMBERS ONLY Get-On-The-Bus trip to Art Chicago, The international art expo under the big top.

May 19
Opening reception for the MFA show, NIU Chicago Gallery. Pinning Ceremony at 6:30.

June 16
Get-On-The-Bus trip to Oak Park for guided tours of two historic homes in the afternoon and the Harrison Street Gallery Walk in the evening.

August 29
Fall Opening Reception for Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt's Etchings, Location Uncertain and Regional Illinois Potters 1: Northwest.

August 29
Location Uncertain Panel Discussion with artists from Berlin and Chicago. Altgeld 315.

September 6
"Impressions of Beggars" - Discussion on the Sordid and Sacred exhibition with education coordinator Jessica Witte. Rotunda Gallery

September 8
Get-On-The-Bus trip to the Chicago "First Friday" Gallery openings.

September 14.
"Impressions of Beggars" - Discussion on the Sordid and Sacred exhibition with education coordinator Jessica Witte. Rotunda Gallery

September 15
"Here to the Moon" Get-On-The-Bus trip to Wheaton, St. Charles and Geneva.

September 21
Ritual to the 37 Nats opening reception. North Gallery

September 27
Lecture / demonstration / workshop with visiting artist Paul Eshelman, who's work is included in Regional Illinois Potters 1: Northwest. Public lecture from 9 - 11 a.m. and demonstation/workshop from noon - 5 p.m. Both are free, but seating for the workshop is limited and requires advance registration - call (815)-753-8389. Registration deadline is September 20. Sponsored in part by the NIU School of Art Visiting Artist Fund.

October 13
Get-On-The-Bus trip to the "20 Dirty Hands" / Galena area Pottery Studios.

October 18
"Collaboration and the Individual Artist" public lecture for Chicago Artists Month with Location Uncertain artists Tom Denlinger, Karen Lebergott and Mary Patten

October 26
Blue Sky, Black Earth opening reception. Rotunda Gallery

October 28
Get-On-The-Bus trip to Chicago to see "Massive Change" at the MCA, "The Missing Peace" at LUMA and "Drawing as Process in Contemporary Art" at the Smart Museum.

November 4
Get-On-The-Bus trip to Springfield, Illinois.

November 11
Symposium on Burmese "Nats" (protector Spirits)
Lectures will be held in Altgeld, Rm. 315 and include:
“Nats and  identity Formation in Burma: Some long-term historical considerations” by Benjamin Lemon, Ph D Candidate in History at NIU
"Devising images for the Nats during the early Pagan period 1084 - 1111 AD" by Richard M Cooler, Professor Emeritus of Southeast Asian Art History, Founder and ex-Director of the Center for Burma Studies at NIU
“Nats in Burmese literature: comments from writers” by Saw Tun, Associate Professor in Burmese Language and Civilization at NIU
“Contribution to iconographic studies of images specific to the Ritual of the 37 Nats” by Catherine Raymond, Associate Professor of Asian Art History at NIU and the Director of the Center for Burma Studies at NIU
“Offering Food to the 37 Lords” by Ma Sandar of Founders Memorial Library at NIU.
In the afternoon there will be a special presentation of the exhibit From Heaven to Earth: a ritual to the 37 Nats in the North Gallery follwed by a performance dedicated to the 37 Nats with three Burmese spirit-mediums. For more details and to register, call (815)-753- 0512.