VPA’s Melanie Parks is headed west after 28 years at NIU

VPA’s Melanie Parks is headed west after 28 years at NIU

Melanie Parks, who has been a part of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts for 28 years, is leaving the university at the end of June for sunny California.  Parks started her NIU career as Costume Director in the School of Theatre and Dance, and taught all of the theater technical costume classes.  In 1998, she became Costume Designer and added Theater Undergraduate Advisor to her duties, which, unbeknownst to her at the time, set her on a course to become associate dean in 2013. (more…)

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

To all of you who support the arts at NIU in so many different, important ways, we wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

— Everyone at the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts

Original artwork designed by current School of Art and Design student Luke Pietrzak

Watch: The 2018 NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Convocation video

Watch: The 2018 NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Convocation video

On Monday, January 22 more than 450 people attended the second annual NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Convocation in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.  They saw performances students from  NIU’s School of Music, and School of Theatre and Dance and heard presentations from students in the School of Art and Design.  The 90 minute program was highlighted by Dana Arnett, BFA ’83, School of Art and Design receiving an award for Excellence in the Arts.

The convocation can be seen here in its entirety:

 

Show Order

School of Music
Steelband Ensemble, Yuko Asada, Director
Conscious Chutney – Ras Shorty | (Garfield Blackman), arr. Liam Teague

Welcome and Introductions
Paul Kassel, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

School of Art and Design
Gwendolyn Brooks Project exhibit: Paul Zollinger and Kinga Wojciaczyk
Reverse Glass Painting: Markie Stiegel
Back Space Gallery: Ari Norris and Ping
Young Professional in Art Education Award: Matthew Etherington

School of Theatre and Dance
Scene from The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence – Madeline George
Eliza: Emily Vitrano
Watson: Joe Metcalfe
Directed by: Patricia Skarbinski

“Very Soft Shoes” from Once Upon a Mattress
Choreography: Paula Frasz
Composers: Marshall Barer and Mary Rodgers
Costume Design: Jeremy Floyd and Elizabeth Galba
Dancer: Matthew Skorupski

Student Advisory Committee Introductions
Interdisciplinary Student Project in Artistry and Research recipient recognition – Leah Harvey
Announcement of 2019 award winner(s)

School of Music
“Die Holle Rache” from The Magic Flute
Brittany Anderson, soprano
Aleksandra Hsiao, piano

School of Art and Design
Mobile Gallery: Lauren Iacoponi, Shane Bowers
(Video store, foreclosure) Narrative: Rebecca Griffith and Elyse Sawka
International: Yamin Xu
Non-traditional: John Linquist and Terrance Gray (black experience, PTSD)

School of Theatre and Dance
Scene from Blue Stockings
Tess: Jessie Roark
Celia: Madison Bishop
Ralph: Bryant Hayes
Directed by: Kendra Holton

“Steam Heat” from The Pajama Game
Restaged: Judith Chitwood
Composers: Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Costume Design: Melanie Parks
Dancers: Aiyana Cervantez, Renae Frank, Abriana Willis

Excellence in the Arts presentation
Dana Arnett, BFA, School of Art and Design, ’83
Founding Partner and Vice Chairman, VSA Partners

NIU 2018 Spring Arts Events

NIU 2018 Spring Arts Events

A look at the concerts, productions, lectures and exhibitions in the arts at NIU for spring 2018.

A complete calendar of events is available.

Most concerts in the School of Music are available via live webcast.

Music

Choral & Opera Series

March 4Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, University Chorus, 3 pm, BMCH
March 23Opera Theatre, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, 8 pm, RH
March 25Opera Theatre, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, 3 pm, RH
April 25Chamber Choir & University Chorus, 8 pm, BMCH
April 29Concert Choir & NIU Philharmonic, Bach – Mass in B Minor, 3 pm, BMCH

Featured/Mixed Series

Feb. 21NIU Philharmonic, Concerto Competition, 8 pm, BMCH
April 9NIU Composers Concert, 8 pm, RH
April 16NIU Percussion Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH
April 29Concert Choir & NIU Philharmonic, Bach Mass in B Minor, 3 pm, BMCH

Faculty Series

Jan. 30Avalon String Quartet, 8 pm, RH
Feb. 19Blaise Magniere, 8 pm, RH
March 25Brass Faculty, 7 pm, RH
March 27Geof Bradfield, 8 pm, RH
April 15Mark Ponzo, 5 pm, RH
April 26Avalon String Quartet, 8 pm, RH

Jazz Series

Feb. 27Jazz Combo Fest, 6:30pm, The House Café
March 7University Jazz/Latin Jazz Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH
April 12NIU Jazz Orchestra, 8 pm, BMCH
April 17Jazz Combo Fest, 6:30 pm, The House Café
April 18Latin Jazz/University Jazz Band, 8 pm, BMCH
April 24NIU Jazz Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH

Concert Band Series

Feb. 28Wind Symphony, 8 pm, BMCH
March 8Wind Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH
April 19Wind Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH
April 23Wind Symphony, 8 pm, BMCH

World Music Series

April 4Chinese Music Ensemble, 6:30 pm, RH
April 5Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, 6:30 pm, RH
April 7Steel Pan Studio, University Steelband and CSA Steelband, 3 pm, BMCH
April 8World Music, 3 pm, BMCH
April 22NIU Steelband, 3 pm, BMCH

Locations:
BMCH – Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building
RH – Recital Hall, NIU Music Building
The House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb

Theatre

Mainstage Series

The Glass Menagerie

February 7 – 11
Huntley Middle School

Middletown

February 28 – March 11
Huntley Middle School

By the Bog of Cats

April 11-15
Huntley Middle School


Studio Series

The Rainmaker

March 21-25
Holmes Student Center

Intentions

April 18-22
Holmes Student Center

Dance

Spring 2018 Dance Concert

April 26-29
Huntley Middle School

Art

One or the Other Must Be Blurred

January 19 – February 28
Jan. 18 – Reception and artist talk:  5 p.m.

Elizabeth Allen Visiting Scholars in Art History

Feb. 7 – Elizabeth McGoey, Art Institute of Chicago
“Modern Alliances: The American Union of Decorative Arts and Craftsmen”

March 1 – Allie Terry-Fritsch, Bowling Green University
“Animal Trials, Humiliation Rituals and Iconoclastic Justice in Early Modern Europe”

March 21 – John Osborne, Carleton University
“The Vatican Obelisk and Other Ancient Monuments in Early Modern Europe”

Performing Art and the Pedagogy of the False

March 1 – Artist talk: 5 p.m., Jack Arends Hall (Art Building), Room 103

Annual Juried Blick Art Materials Ars Nova Exhibition

March 22Reception, juror’s talk and award presentation, 6:30 p.m.
March 22 – April 12, exhibition

BFA Show

April 26 – May 9, exhibition
May 5Reception, 5 p.m.

Welcome (back) students

Welcome (back) students

From Paul Kassel, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Welcome or welcome back!  We’re glad you’re here and ready to take advantage of all the College, our Schools, and our great university has to offer! (more…)