We primarily think about musical instruments in terms of the sounds they make or how they are played. Music is much more than sound; it is an experience. Music to my Eyes invites visitors to explore the physical beauty of musical instruments from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, Europa, and Asia, taking them on a journey through the visual aesthetics of a musical experience.
With the exhibition on view at the NIU Art Museumís South Galleries, related events were programmed across campus, ranging from an open invitation Drum Circle that held in the Martin Luther King Commons to ensemble recitals in the NIU School of Music Building and Altgeld Hall. Children and family workshops exploring music through household objects were offered as a means to encourage children to explore the arts at home through traditional play.
The exhibition and programs of the NIU Art Museum are sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Friends of the NIU Art Museum; and the Arts Fund 21.
Additional support for Music to My Eyes Exhibition was provided by: the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the NIU School of Art Visiting Artists and Scholar Fund. Special thanks to the NIU School of Music faculty Greg Beyer, Robert Fleisher, Kuo Han, Myron Myers and Jui-ching Wang; NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Richard Holly; NIU alumnus Dale Ludewig; Jason R. Tobin; and the NIU Anthropology Museum.
This exhibition was organized by graduate students enrolled in the Museum Exhibitions and Interpretation class: William Avila, Carol Clark, Amanda Douglas, Brockton Hardnett, Agnes Ma, Bianca McGraw Trevor Neff, Cassandra Steele, Desiree Swanson, and Amanda Wolf; taught by Peter Van Ael, Coordinator of the NIU Interdisciplinary Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Studies Program.
This exhibition received the Illinois Association of Museums Award of excellence in the Exhibits Category.