Upcoming Exhibitions

Fall    Winter    Spring

Fall 2015  Contemporary Artists Exploring Relevant Social Issues

August 25 - October 24, 2015

Embarrassment of Riches

The work on display represents the various artists' perspectives on sustainability and humanity's complicated relationship with the earth and environment. Curator Peter Olson comments, “Many artists view the situation through a lens of creativity, playfulness, wit and irony.”

Sustainability Practices and Research

Panels highlighting the environmentally sustainable practices and research currently being conducted by NIU campus departments associated with the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy (ESE) and by DeKalb area community organizations and local companies.  Organized by Melissa Burlingame, Outreach and Communications Coordinator at ESE, Peter Olson, NIU Art Museum, and Sophia Varcados, Creative Services: Graphics with support from Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois and Waste Management.


A national-traveling exhibition examining the historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use and impact of guns in our lives. Curated by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University.  

Public Reception for all exhibitions
Thursday, September 10 from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Winter 2015  Faculty Biennial

November 17, 2015 - February 20, 2016

NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial

An exhibition of recent artwork and scholarship by tenure and tenure-track faculty from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and Design. Extensive public programming will take place during the first five weeks of NIU's spring semester.

Public Opening Reception
Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Public Closing Reception
Thursday, February, 2016 from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Spring 2016  Art Deco Era

April 7 - May 20, 2016

Between the World Wars (1920 - 1940) Women's Fashion: An Amalgamation of Movements and Events

Ms. Barbara Cole Peters curates a sampling of her collection of women’s fashion.

Art Deco is...

An exploration of the style and motivations behind the Art Deco movement. Displays, in part, will be developed in conjunction with the interdisciplinary NIU Graduate Museum Studies Certificate ART 656 Museum Exhibitions and Interpretation class as a capstone project.

Public Reception for both exhibitions
Thursday, April 7 from 4:30 - 7 p.m.