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Upcoming Exhibitions

Winter 2017

NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition

November 16 - December 15 (Closed Thanksgiving weekend, November 22-26)
Show continues January 16 - February 23, 2018
An exhibition of recent artwork and scholarship by faculty and teaching staff from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and Design.

Public Reception, Thursday, November 16 from 5 - 7 p.m., NIU Art Museum

Installation view of the 2015 NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition
Installation view of the 2015 NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition.

Spring 2018


February 9 - May 18, 2018
A multi-media installation by artist Sarah Ahmad juxtaposes patterns found in nature and in the cosmos with architectural patterns from the region where she grew up. She creates narratives of transcendent identity and cosmic unity within the context of harmonious realities in a global age of conflict. The gallery is offered as a space of refuge, contemplation, hope and renewal.
Please call for appointment between February 24 and March 26 while other exhibitions are being installed.

Reclaimed Baggage

March 27 - May 18, 2018
Migration and globalization play a pivotal role on the formation of identity. Despite overwhelming pressure on women to be the transmitters and upholders of culture, migration is an opportunity for reinventing the self as they navigate their new cultural landscape. Group exhibition of artwork by South Asian American women curated by Nirmal Raja.

Public Reception, March 29, 5 - 6:30 p.m. NIU Art Museum with panel discussion 6:40 - 8 p.m., TBD.

Fall 2018

NIU School of Art and Design Alumni Exhibition

August 28 - October 19, 2018
Come home for Homecoming!

Winter 2018

Transparency in Form and Content

November 15 - December 21, 2018
Multiple facets of the physical and psychological/philosophical aspects of being transparent.


Vanishing Art from Myanmar: The Buddhist Reverse Glass Painting Tradition

November 15 - December 21, 2018

Gallery Hours

Free and open to the public
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon-7 p.m.
Sunday Noon-4 p.m.
By appointment for group tours.

Closed during the summer, between exhibitions and during university holidays.


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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