Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

SWEET, Golden and Delicious…"Faculty-select and Museum-certified"
NIU Studio and Design Alumni Artists
August 28 - October 19, 2018
South and Rotunda Galleries, NIU Art Museum

An invitational exhibition of studio and design alumni artists recommended by current and former faculty, SWEET, Golden and Delicious… presents recent work by six dozen artists from five decades representing eleven areas of visual study. Artists needed to be actively practicing and showing their work. Works on view represent a variety of approaches to photography, sculpture, fiber, jewelry and metalwork, printmaking, illustration, ceramics, painting, drawing, graphic design, and time arts. In addition, there is a sound piece, and video documentation of an artist creating a lithograph, and of a large public art piece being made.

This exhibition is part of a larger School of Art and Design celebration of alumni as guest artists, scholars and educators. To learn more about this celebration please visit the School of Art and Design.


Gallery installation view of sculpture and paintings

Gallery Installation view of sculpture by John Balsey.


Imagery and Icons:
Former Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty exhibition
September 18 - October 19, 2018
North Gallery, NIU Art Museum

As part of the alumni exhibitions and anniversary celebrations this exhibition showcases work from former faculty in an intimate, salon style exhibition. Participating artists at this time include: Renie Adams, Walter Ball, Jay Paul Bell, Richard Beard, Dorothea Bilder, Robert Bornheutter, David Bower, Karen Brown, David Driesbach, Yale Factor, Larry Gregory, Andrew Liccardo, Ben Mahmoud, Ron Mazanowski, Philip Melnick, Ashley Nason, Mark A. Nelson, Jack Olson, Charlotte Rollman, John Rooney, Lee Sido, Doug Stewart, Ed Syrek, and Bruce White.

Imagery and Icons

Winter 2018

Transparency Exhibition Suite
November 15 - February 15, 2019 (closed university holidays)

Transparency in Form and Content

Examines the spectrum of interpretation of the word "transparency"; from the literal to the figurative. Artists who explore both the visual phenomenon of transparency and the concept of "transparency" in content, be that process, funding, idea or material. This group show is curated from a national call for entries.

Vanishing Art from Myanmar:
The Buddhist Reverse Glass Painting Tradition
November 15 - February 15, 2019 (closed university holidays)

Explores the complex Buddhist tradition as it is revealed through the work of some artists from the last village in Burma dedicated to the reverse glass painting technique and tradition known since the art form’s introduction to the region in the 18th century.

Curated by Dr. Catherine Raymond, Director, Center for Burma Studies and Professor of Art History and presented in conjunction with the International Symposium "Looking Through The Glass: The Asian Reverse Glass Painting Traditions” on November 16, 2018.

Raymond’s research was funded by a Rakow Grant from the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.

Image right: Nat U Min Kyaw (Lord Gambler) from Pakhan Kyi and his Companion Mr. Brown.
Artist Soe Aung (Syriam, Myanmar); Late 20th century, Burma/Myanmar; Glass, enamel paint, metallic foil; (19.25" x 15.25 in.). Burma Art Collection. BC2017.01.18.

Nat U Min Kyaw (Lord Gambler) from Pakhan Kyi and his Companion Mr. Brown. Artist Soe Aung (Syriam, Myanmar)

Spring 2019

Data: BIG/-driven/Visualized…
March 28 - May 17, 2019

This exhibition delves into the array of manner in which data surrounds us, impacts us and is interpreted. BIG/-driven/Visualized… explores the data in our lives.

Guest Curator: Richard Siegesmund is Professor of Art and Design Education in the School of Art and Design at Northern Illinois University. He has an interest in both quantitative and qualitative research, and the design of data reports that promote thoughtful public reflection and discussion.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Northern Public Radio.


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