Sycamore Depot Light Show features work from NIU School of Art and Design students

Sycamore Depot Light Show features work from NIU School of Art and Design students

The Sycamore Depot Light Show is back, featuring the artwork of NIU School of Art and Design students.  Starting at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) Saturday, May 19 the outer walls of the historic Sycamore Train Depot will be lit with artwork depicting the 25 year history of the DeKalb County Community Foundation and original artwork created by NIU Time Arts students. (more…)

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…)

School of Art and Design’s Kerry Freedman wins Lowenfeld Award

School of Art and Design’s Kerry Freedman wins Lowenfeld Award

Kerry Freedman, Professor of Art Education in the School of Art and Design at NIU was named the winner of the 2018 Lowenfeld Award, granted annually by the National Art Education Association and considered the most significant award in the industry. As well as receiving the award, Freedman gave the Lowenfeld Lecture at the annual meeting of the NAEA this March in Seattle. (more…)