2007 Calendar of Events

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

Thursday, January 18, 5 – 7 pm
Opening Reception for Beggars and Choosers, Heart of Africa and Surveillance
with a gallery talk from 6:30 - 7 pm by Mark Arctander.


Thursday, January 25, 12:30 pm – 1 pm
“Motherhood, Public policy, and Representation” Informal Gallery Discussion with NIU Art Museum Education Coordinator Jess Witte. Ms. Witte will introduce some of the pioneers of documentary photography, compare their images to the photos in the Beggars and Choosers exhibition, and discuss how images have shaped public policy.


Saturday, February 10, 10 am- 5:30 pm
“Get-On-The-Bus” African and African-American Legacies
Tour exhibitions on African Architecture and African-inspired sculpture at the Chicago Cultural Center as well as visit two historical exhibits at the DuSable Museum of African American History.


Tuesday, February 13, 5 pm – 5:30 pm
“Motherhood, Public policy, and Representation”
Informal Gallery Discussion with NIU Art Museum Education Coordinator Jess Witte. Ms. Witte will introduce some of the pioneers of documentary photography, compare their images to the photos in the Beggars and Choosers exhibition, and discuss how images have shaped public policy.
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER


Thursday, February 15, 12:30 - 1 pm

Informal Gallery Talk with Tribal Art Collector William Darrell Moseley. Mr. Moseley’s donations to the NIU Anthropology Museum are featured in the NIU Art Museum’s Heart of Africa: Artistry within Ritual Artifacts and Raffia Textiles exhibition.


Saturday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. to 6 pm

“Get-On-The-Bus” trip to Racine, Wisconsin's Wustum Museum and the Racine Art Museum.


Saturday, March 3, 9:00 am to 6:15 pm

“Get-On-The-Bus” ; a textile-themed ("Fiber Rich") trip to contrast Christian Dior’s Chicago designs at the Chicago Historical Museum and Mayan textiles at the National Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum.


Tuesday, March 20, 5 - 7 pm
Opening Reception for Chicago Hand Bookbinders: High and Low, and The Uncertainty Principle


Saturday, March 24, 10 am – 4 pm
Altgeld 315
“Drawing in the Golden Age of Worry” Symposium.


Tuesday, April 10, 5 - 7 pm
Opening Reception for Josef Albers: Formulation: Articulation


Wednesday, April 18, 5 - 6 pm
Guest lecturer, Beverly Serrell, International museum consultant, will present "Frameworks for Evaluation: Judging Exhibitions." Reception to follow.


Saturday, April 21, 10 - 11:30 am
Children's Event organized by the NIU Graduate Museum Studies Class ART 556 "Museum Exhibition and Interpretation". Free event limited to students grades 3 through 5 who pre-register by April 17. A tour of the museum, a take-home art activity, and refreshments will be offered. Contact the NIU Art Museum at 815.753.1936 to register your child by April 17.


Wednesday, April 25, 12 - 12:30 pm
NIU Graduate student Pam Rohleder will provide historical background and insights on Josef Albers and his optical and color theories as part of the NIU Graduate Museum Studies Class ART 556 "Museum Exhibition and Interpretation".


Wednesday, April 25, 4:30 - 5:30pm

Reception for the NIU Museum Studies Program


Thursday, April 26, 12 - 12:30 pm

NIU Graduate student David Binder will provide historical background and insights on Josef Albers and his optical and color theories as part of the NIU Graduate Museum Studies Class ART 556 "Museum Exhibition and Interpretation".


Friday, April 27, 9:30am - 6:30pm

Get-On-The-Bus trip to Chicago for Artopolis.


Friday, May 4, 8:30am - 6:30pm
Members Only Get-On-The-Bus trip to Chicago to see birds in art, culture and nature.


Saturday, June 23, 8am - 6pm
Get-On-The-Bus trip to Madison, Wisconsin for the Farmer's Market & Art Exhibits.


Thursday, July 26, 1pm - 11:30pm
Get-On-The-Bus trip to Chicago for Mirror of the Invisible World at the Goodman Theater, Persian ceramics at the Art Institute, and a meal at Reza's.


Thursday, August 30, 4:30 - 7:00pm
Opening receptions for our fall exhibitions: Some Enchanted Evening, Dafatir and Body Politic.
Gallery Talks in Some Enchanted Evening with collector and curator Barbara Cole Peters at 5:15 and 6pm.


Friday, September 7,
Get-On-The-Bus trip to Chicago for the annual Gallery Season Openings.


Saturday, September 8, 10 am - 12:30 pm
The Female Fashion Figure: A One-Day Art Project
Ages 10 - adult
Tour the exhibit, Some Enchanted Evening, at the NIU Art Museum. Then, enjoy a related drawing activity that focuses on the basics of drawing the female fashion figure. Participants are given pre-drawn fashion figures from different decades of the 20th century and use these as the bases for drawings of original evening gown designs. Gowns from the exhibit provide inspiration. Elements of figure “ideals” for the different eras will be reviewed, as well as resources for developing fashion drawing skills.
This is a great parent/child experience.
Museum Guide: NIU Art Museum Educator Jessica Witte; Art Teacher: Sarah Cosbey. Free event with preregistration. Sponsored by the NIU Community School of the Arts.
Space is limited and preregistration is required. (Call 815-753-1450 to register.)


Saturday, September 15, 1 - 3 pm
Fox Trot and Cha Cha Dance Lessons
Ages 17-adult.
Free dance lesson with instructor Barb Heimendinger in the Museum corridor. This plus the swing lessons on Thursday, Sept. 20 mean no-one has an excuse for not dancing!
Space is limited and preregistration is required. (Call 815-753-1936 to register.)


Thursday, September 20, 12:30pm and again at 5:00pm
Body Politic Curator's talk with Assistant Director Pete Olson.


Thursday, September 20, 7-11 pm
Museum open: 7 - 10 pm
Big Band Dance Night with dessert buffet & cash bar in the beautifully restored Altgeld Auditorium
Swing Dance Lessons with Barb Heimendinger begin at 7:15 pm
Grand Avenue Big Band Performance and Dance: 8 - 11 pm


Saturday, October 6, 1 - 3pm
Gallery talks with several of the artists from Body Politic.


Saturday, October 20,
“Get-On-The-Bus” to Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.


Tuesday, October 30, 4:30 - 7 pm
Opening Reception for the NIU School of Art Faculty Biennial


Thursday, November 1, 5pm
Artist's lecture by Mike Salmond: "Hybrid Journeys"
Altgeld 315


Friday, November 2,

“Get-On-The-Bus” to S.O.F.A. Chicago.


Monday, November 5, 6-9pm
Gallery talks with several studio artists in the Faculty Biennial.
Altgeld galleries


Tuesday, November 6, 5pm
Artist's lecture by Harry Wirth: "Life as an Artist and Designer"
Altgeld 315


Wednesday, November 7, 5pm
Artist's lecture by Nina Rizzo: "Hot Rocks and Cool Blocks"
Altgeld 315


Thursday, November 8, 5pm

Lecture by art historian Jeff Kowalski: "Twin Tollans: Some new interpretations of the relationship between Chitzen Itza, Tula and greater Mesoamerica during the Epiclassic to Early Postclassic periods."
Altgeld 315


Thursday, November 15, 5pm
Lecture by art historian Catherine Raymond: "The Other Emerald Buddha Temple: Interpreting the architectural history of the Ho Phrakeo Museum in Vientiane, Laos and the iconography of its superb collection."
Altgeld 315


Tuesday, November 20, 5pm
Artist's lecture by Cindy Hellier-Heinz: "Sacred Transitions"
Altgeld 315


Tuesday, November 27, 5pm
Lecture by art historian Helen Nagata: "National/International Consciousness in Japan: Self, place and society during the Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twentiy-first centuries."
Altgeld 315