Art to Lend Collection


Art to Lend Exhibition
Open July 9-13, 2018 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Rotunda Gallery, NIU Art Museum

This service allows individuals and departments to enhance their private offices and the administrative areas of the university by renting original works of art. Artwork enriches the University’s welcoming nature for students, faculty and staff as well as brightens the experience for public visitors and provides daily enjoyment in the workplace. Each work meant for public display was carefully selected by museum staff for its broad appeal and its ability to be on loan for up to eight years.

Interested parties may enroll in the program during our annual Art to Lend the exhibition each summer.

This program is funded through the nominal installation and annual rental fee per piece which cover incurred expenses including matting and framing to make new selections available as well as for the direct care and conservation of the remainder of the permanent collection. The artwork must be installed in secure, locked areas when not occupied by university personnel. Certain environmental factors, including light levels, humidity and temperature, must also be met to protect the artwork and be eligible to participate.

As in previous years, works will be assigned by lottery based on preferred selections. A detailed policy form (PDF) is available for download or in the gallery during the exhibit. Completed applications may be returned to Assistant Director and Curator Peter Olson through campus mail or via email

2018 Selections 

The 2018 selection process has closed. Please continue to check back for more information about the 2019 exhibition dates.

Image Top: Detail of Peter Olson. Red-Winged Blackbirds, 1998. Woodcut (28 x34 in.) NIU Art Museum Collection, Gift of John and Barbara Cole Peters.

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Gallery Hours

Open to the public
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Noon - 7 p.m. Thursday
Noon - 4 p.m. Sunday

By appointment for group tours.
Closed during the summer, between exhibitions and during university holidays.