Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Spring 2021
March 26 – May 15, 2021

"Very Well, Thank You": The Arts as a Means to Well Being

The exhibition investigates the unique role and way the visual and performing arts assist in maintaining social, psychological and physical health and happiness.

Artists were selected from a national call for entry and invited to participate because of their interest in presenting work that attempts to examine how the arts contribute to well-being through visual harmony, balance, color, humor, being in the moment and process.

Featuring artists: Jan Bolander, Cynthia A. Boudreau, Zachary Cahill, Donna Castellanos, Whit Forrester, Jeanne Garrett, Maria Gedroc, Jessica Gondek, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Judith Joseph, Savannah Jubic, Cleo Krueger, Dean Krueger, Lim Sieu Lian (SLim), Christina Loraine, Julie A. Mars, Benjamin Merritt, Taweesak Molsawat, Alfred Stark, Linda Stein, Veronica Storc, Rhonda Wheatley and Unidentified.

Images top to bottom: Rhonda Wheatley. “Get Woke to Self” series, 2018. Found objects, natural/organic elements encased in resin; Julie A. Mars. Flat Earth, 2018. Bead weaving on a found object thrift store bowl; Whit Forrester. Fig. 43 Aloe Vera, San Francisco, CA. 2016. Archival inkjet print with applied gold leaf, (44 x 62 in. edition of three); Savannah Jubic. Thoughts should pass, 2019. Warp painted cotton, (40 x 36 in.). All images courtesy the artists.

View exhibition virtually

"Well Enough, Considering...": Artists take a mid-pandemic look at COVID-19

View exhibition virtually

Vintage glass coffee pots filled with found objects.

Ceramic bowl with blue and white beading.

Aloe vera potted plant with gold foil applied to photo.

Pale blue and white woven cotton with words.

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.

Two children smile and laugh in school

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Gallery Hours

Galleries reopen Friday, March 26 with limited hours and masked, distanced, timed entries.

Open to the public:
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday 
Noon - 6 p.m. Friday
Noon - 3 p.m. Saturday; and by limited appointment.
Closed university holidays and between exhibitions.