Graduate Studies in Metals

James Obermeier, M.F.A., Indiana University

Description of Program:
The graduate metals program in the School of Art and Design at Northern Illinois University offers a challenging environment for the development of individual artistic growth and professional achievement. Students are highly encouraged and seek a broad approach to art making, through experimentation and multi-disciplinary studies. Students are prepared with an excellent knowledge of craft and technical matters.

Assistantships and Tuition Waivers: The NIU School of Art and Design offers excellent opportunities for fellowships, graduate assistantships, and graduate teaching assistantships. These are assigned on a competitive basis, and include full tuition and a monthly stipend. Tuition waivers are also available.

Facilities: The metals program at Northern Illinois University has a well-equipped studio, with facilities for forming, casting, electroforming, enameling, etching, plastics, and more. Separated facilities are offered for graduate students. The program also has access to a state-of-the-art 3-D printer, a computerized water-jet cutter, as well as 3-D modeling software - Faculty are fully versed in this technology.

Additional Resources: The metal program has an active and vibrant Visiting Artist program. Recent visitors include Kathleen Browne, Tom Muir, Kim Cridler, Yevgenya Kaganovich, Taweesak Molsawat, Donald Friedlich, and Linda Darty. Students also have a high rate of activity in external activities, including SNAG conference attendance through fund-raising and university funding.

The School of Art and Design as a whole, hosts an impressive Visiting Artist and Scholars program. The School contains a large gallery space where professional artists and various student exhibitions are held. A medium size gallery space is designated for graduate student exhibitions. The NIU Art Museum is also present on campus and schedules an ongoing rotation of professional exhibitions and visiting artist events, often in conjunction with the School of Art and Design.

Admissions: The deadline for application to the NIU Graduate School for the School of Art and Design graduate program in studio arts is: February 1.

Application materials and additional information may be obtained from:

School of Art and Design Graduate Programs
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

How to Apply

Telephone: (815) 753‐0292
Fax: (815) 753‐7701


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