The Northern Illinois University Art Museum opens two exhibitions that coincide with the NIU School of Art and Design’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of Jack Arends Hall. The Art Museum mounted SWEET, Golden and Delicious…”Faculty-select and Museum-certified” NIU Studio and Design Alumni Artists, open now, and Imagery and Icons: Former Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty opening September 18th to celebrate this milestone. Both exhibitions run through October 19, 2018 with a public Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 20.

SWEET, Golden and Delicious… is an invitational exhibition of studio and design alumni artists recommended by current and former faculty and 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.

Imagery and Icons 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.

Additional Exhibitions On view in the NIU School of Art and Design:

All Alumni Open Exhibit and Mail Art Show
Now – October 19, 2018
An open exhibition of two and three-dimensional work that fit and shipped in a USPS Flat Rate Priority mailer on view in the Annette and Jerry Johns Student Art Gallery. Artist had the option to contribute work for a future auction to raise funds for School of Art and Design scholarships.

Golden: School of Art and Design Juried Alumni Show
September 4 – October 19, 2018
Dan Silverstein, Associate Director of Collections and Exhibitions Management at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston served as juror for the exhibition. Silverstein is a 1992 NIU BFA alumnus. Awards include the invitation to exhibit work in an alumni group show at the Jack Olson Gallery in 2019 and two solo shows at the Olson Gallery in 2020.

Alumni Salon
September 27 – October 19, 2018
An option-in exhibition of works not included in the juried show on display in the halls cases on the second floor of Jack Arends Hall/Visual Arts Building.

Exhibition Support: Artwork and objects for the SWEET, Golden and Delicious and Imagery and Icons exhibitions are on loan from the individual artists and their families; The Art Box, DeKalb; private collectors; and the NIU Art Museum Collection.