Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Fall 2021
August 24 - November 12, 2021

"The Art of Surviving: The Journey of the Karen Refugees in Illinois

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

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

Artists included in the exhibition: Luciana Abait, Karen Albanese Campbell, Yolanda del Amo,Tere Garcia, Judith Joseph, Rebecca Keller, Eddy Lopez, Stephen Walt, Kathy Weaver.

Image caption: Luciana Abait, Black Sky, 2018. Photograph on cotton rag paper, from the Displacement Series. (30” x 40”).

Refugee village with barbed wire

Photograph of geographic map folded into mountainous terrain

Contact Us

NIU Art Museum
Altgeld Hall 116

Connect with us on


Gallery Hours

Galleries reopen Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

Anticipated fall hours:
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
Noon - 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday
Noon - 3 p.m. Saturday and by limited appointment.

Closed university holidays and between exhibitions.