Spring 2015

Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi

March 24 - May 22

National traveling exhibition combines extraordinary Japanese craftsmanship with iconinc Western portraiture to create an uncanny mix of the familiar and the fresh. Developed by the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach with Dr. Kendall Brown and the CSULB Museum Studies students. Artworks are on loan from artist Bidou Yamaguchi; the Kelly Sutherlin McLeod and Steve McLeod Collection; Scripps College, Claremont, CA; and the Target Corporation Collection.

Amerimanga! Convention and Expression

March 24 - May 22

This exhibition showcases American comics that have been aesthetically influenced by Japanese manga. The featured artists, Jen Brazas, Svetlana Chmakova, Josh Elder and Erich Owen, M. Alice LeGrow, Ron Kaulfersch and Mike Schwark, Jill Thompson, Martheus and Janet Wade, and Adam Warren, have developed their own individual styles that merge the stylistic conventions of manga and traditional American comics. Amerimanga! illustrates the creative development process of contemporary comics and demonstrates how these artists tell their own unique stories through the use of this cross-cultural medium.

Co-curated by Kerry Freedman, Professor and Head, NIU Art + Design Education, and artist Josh Elder, President and Founder, Reading with Pictures.