Spring 2015

Local Visions: Selections From Area Collections

January 6 - February 21, 2015

The Northern Illinois University Art Museum is excited to present a diverse exhibition including art from the 18th through the 21st centuries, Indonesian textiles, circus posters, antiques, Roseville pottery, record sleeves, vintage toys, folk art and much more. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, January 6 and runs through Saturday, February 21. Featured collectors include Mary-Glynn and John H. Boies, Rodney Borstad, Gerald and Cheryl Brauer, Richard M. Cooler, Robert and Christa Even, Sven Oskar Hansen, Barbara Hulseberg, Ronald G. Klein, David McMahon, Molly Carter and David Menard, Jerry D. and Miriam Meyer, Charlie and Dedrie Rudolph, Dan and Virginia Seymour and Jerry and Ging Smith.

“What motivates individuals to select and arrange art and objects in their private living spaces?” asks exhibition co-curator Michael Bennett. “I am fascinated by the way the impulse to collect objects is both universal and highly individual. Each of us, in our own way, asserts our identity by surrounding ourselves with things we love. In a way, the objects become a self-portrait of our aesthetics.” For example, at the home of retired art historian Jerry D. Meyer and his wife Miriam, one finds paintings, drawings and prints by col-leagues from the NIU School of Art, but also objects with aesthetic and nostalgic appeal, such as vintage toys, a beautifully designed wooden pitchfork and an antique rocking horse. Ronald G. Klein has been active in the community, both as an attorney and board member of several local organizations for many years, and one feels a strong sense of place among his collection of artwork depicting rural scenes, and books documenting DeKalb County history. According to exhibition co-curator Peter Olson, “We are thrilled to highlight the visual richness of our community, and to tell the personal stories behind the objects. We hope to embark on a future series of exhibitions, each highlighting a different group of collectors from our community.”