Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Winter 2020

NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition
January 14 – March 18, 2020

Public Reception Thursday, January 23, 5-7 p.m.

Shown every two years, this invitational exhibit features recent artwork and scholarship by current faculty and teaching staff from all divisions of the School of Art and Design and highlights the artistry, research, and instruction found at NIU.

The work on display represents the activity and interests of individual members of the School of Art and Design, but also the breadth of the arts programs and disciplines offered at NIU. Work includes the fields of: Art and Design Education; Art History; Ceramics; Drawing; Fibers; Illustration; Metals and Jewelry; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Visual Communications; Sculpture; and Time Arts.

Featuring: Michael Barnes, Wes Beeler, Sinclair Bell, Justin Bitner and Angela Johnson, Sasha Bitzer, Todd Buck, Christopher Dolan, Sarah Evans, Billie Giese, Aleksandra Giza, Cynthia Hellyer Heinz, Rebecca Houze, Joseph A. Insley and Jifu Tan, Jim Kearns, Yih-Wen Kuo, Jessica Labatte, Kimberly Martens, Jamie Obermeier, Catherine Raymond, Mike Rea, Nina Rizzo, Kimberly Rodey, Stephanie Sailer, John Siblik, Richard Siegesmund, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Kryssi Staikidis, Perrin Stamatis, Ben Stone, Frank Trankina, Peter Van Ael, Amanda VanValkenburg, Shei-Chau Wang, Katherine M. Webb.

Exhibition Support
Artwork and objects for the Faculty Biennial exhibition are on loan from the exhibiting artists and courtesy Western Exhibitions, Chicago.

Above: Foreground detail of Mike Rea’s Tight Notes and Black Holes, CTINH, 2019, Wood and rope, with Michael Barnes’ Animals of Bremen, 2018-2019, Lithograph, and Nina Rizzo’s Venetian Moon, 2019, Oil on canvas seen on the gallery walls. Below: View of Ben Stone’s Danny Karate and Danny Baseball, installations in foreground with Kryssi Staikidis’ Emergence, 2018-2019, Oil on canvas.

Installation image of grand constructed wood piano sculpture and lithographic print in background.
Foreground installation view of blue and red universal graphic sculptures of karate and baseball figures with expressionistic colorful oil on canvas painting in background.

Spring 2020

"Very Well, Thank You": The Arts as a Means to Well Being
April 16 – May 22, 2020

Exhibition and accompanying programming explore the unique way the visual and performing arts assist in maintaining social, psychological and physical health and happiness.

The "Very Well, Thank You" exhibition and accompanying events and programs have tentatively been rescheduled for March 25 - May 14, 2021.

Fall 2020

"The Art of Surviving; The Journey of the Karen Refugees in Illinois
August 25 – November 13, 2020

Exhibition organized by the Center for Burma Studies at NIU with financial support from a Luce Grant to conduct oral histories with recently resettled community members.

Refuge and Refugee
August 25 – November 13, 2020

Contemporary artists explore global humanitarian crises as displaced persons force to flee their home country attempt to find refuge elsewhere.

Public Reception Thursday, September 10, 5-7 p.m.

Karen: A People on the Border. Two children smile and laugh in school.

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