The City of DeKalb will host the annual Artigras celebration, Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5.

The two-day event features an ‘art tasting,’ numerous art exhibitions by students of the NIU School of Art and Design, a variety show at the Egyptian Theatre and a grand finale concert by the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Check out a complete calendar of Artigras events.

May 4
Artigras Featured events

5 – 8 p.m. – The Art of Tasting — Various DeKalb Merchants — Enjoy an evening of strolling through downtown DeKalb enjoying art while tasting new foods and libations. Presented by City of DeKalb and DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.  Ticketed event — get your tickets at: http://www.dekalb.org/artigras.html

5 – 8 p.m. – “Art, Oh My” Drawing Seniors Exhibition Opening — “Mixed Media Art” at the House Cafe, 263 East Lincoln Highway, downtown DeKalb

5 – 8 p.m. – NIU Student Art Sale, BFA Student Art Exhibition at Gallery 215, 215 Fourth Street, downtown DeKalb
The  Gallery Art Shop will  be open for business and student work, ceramics, sculpture, painting, prints and more will be for sale. Featured NIU student artist, Ping Syvon. Exhibition space open to the public for viewing.

5 – 8 p.m. – Unpacked – Mobile Gallery, 135 North Second Street, downtown DeKalb
“Everybody wants a south facing window,” Lauren Iacoponi, MFA Thesis Exhibition, parking lot across from Egyptian Theatre

5 – 8 p.m. – NIU Senior BA Exhibition, 230 East Lincoln Highway, downtown DeKalb
NIU graduating BA/BS student show open to the public

8 – 10 p.m. – Variety Show at the Egyptian Theatre, 125 North Second Street, downtown DeKalb
Judging will be by audience members for prize awards in music, dance and performance.

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Artigras continues on Saturday, May 5, starting with NIU School of Art and Design undergraduate and senior student art exhibitions openings on campus as well as in two downtown locations.  The Olson and 214 Galleries in the Art Building on the NIU campus will be open between 3 to 8 p.m. to all wishing to visit and view the exhibitions.  The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will conclude our spring celebration with a beautiful performance of Bach!

May 5
Artigras Featured events

3 – 7 p.m. – NIU Art Museum “South Asian Traditions and New Directions” — Exhibition Suite, First Floor, NIU’s Altgeld Hall

3 p.m. – Foundations Showcase, Opening Reception, Third Floor, NIU Jack Arends Visual Arts Building

3 – 6 p.m. – Unpacked – Mobile Gallery, 135 North Second Street, downtown DeKalb
“Everybody wants a south facing window,” Lauren Iacoponi, MFA Thesis Exhibition, parking lot across from Egyptian Theatre

4 – 6 p.m. – NIU Senior BFA Exhibition, Opening Reception, Jack Olson Gallery and Gallery 214, Second Floor, NIU Jack Arends Visual Arts Building

4 – 6 p.m. – Art Student Groups Sales — Participants include Ceramics Art Pottery and Sculpture, Art Education and Design, other groups to be announced.
Location – Outside Entryway Portico, NIU Jack Arends Visual Arts Building

4 – 7 p.m. – BackSpace Gallery, “Inception Reflections,” – Painting I Students Exhibition, Ground Floor, NIU Jack Arends Visual Arts Building

NIU Student Art Sale, BFA Student Art Exhibition, The Gallery Art Shop will be open for business and student work, ceramics, sculpture, painting, prints and more will be for sale. Featured Artist, Ping Syvon. 215 Gallery, 215 4th Street, downtown DeKalb

3 – 6 p.m. – Art and Design Education Senior Showcase, Second Floor, NIU Jack Arends Visual Arts Building

3 – 8 p.m. – Art Student Exhibition, Whitney Gallery, First Floor, NIU Jack Arends Visual Arts Building

5 – 7 p.m. – Senior BA Exhibition, 230 East Lincoln Highway, downtown DeKalb

6 – 8 p.m. – Senior BFA Exhibition, Gallery 215, 215 Fourth Street, downtown DeKalb

6 – 8 p.m. Unpacked Mobile Gallery, “Everybody wants a South Facing Window”, Artist, Lauren Iacoponi, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fourth Street Gallery Parking Lot, 215 4th St., downtown DeKalb

7:30 p.m. – Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert, “Bach is Back,” Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building