Recent Gifts


Lee S. Holt's Gift

Generous donor and NIU alumnus Lee Holt (67) from California has donated portions of his art collection of prints, paintings, and drawings to the NIU Art Museum—25 pieces in total. Included in the gift were several pastels on paper by fellow NIU alumnus Thom Kapheim (67). Other works from Holt’s donation of art significantly added to the Art Museum’s large holdings of prints by David Driesbach, a former printmaking professor in the School of Art. The gift also included prints and drawings by artists including: Paul Cezanne, Mauricio Lasansky, Hokusai and Peter Max.

A few selected works from Holt’s gift were recently hung in the vice president of university advancement and CEO of the NIU Foundation Catherine Squires’ office.

“The idea came with the notion that this is a great office—warm and with wonderful views of the campus and passing students. It has a vibrancy for alumni who meet with me that evokes memories of their time here and reminds them of what is special about NIU, which is important in the process of giving back,” Squires noted. She is grateful to be able to highlight the “spectacular generosity of donors and the exceptional talent of our current students and gifted alumni. The art work on display in my office helps tell that story and enhances the campus experience for visitors to my office.”

This installation is made possible through the Art Museum’s Art to Lend, an on-campus artwork rental program for secured areas and offices at the university. More information on the program including our loan policy, fees and restrictions is on our Art to Lend collection page. 

Image: Detail of Thom Kapheim. Entangled, n.d. Oil on canvas (48 x 60 in.) NIU Art Museum Collection, Gift of Lee S. Holt Trust.)

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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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