On Friday, October 25, starting at 4:30 PM, NIU students and staff are invited to join NIU Alum Philip Sassano (BFA 1992) for a private tour of the historic Starline Factory Building in Harvard, Ill. that has been transformed into one of the Midwest’s premier art and event venues.
The evening includes a visit to The Design Coach Creative Workshop, more than 20 other artist’s studios, as well as free admittance to the October juried exhibition.
With designated studio space located throughout, Starline Factory is home to more than 35 regional artists, artisans, and proprietors.
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Tour of the Starline Factory Building, Meet and Greet with NIU Alum Philip Sassano, and visit The Design Coach Studios and Workshop
6:30 to 9:00 p.m. – Invitation to the October juried exhibition and open touring of other artists in residence.
History of the Starline Factory Building
Starline Factory is an over 100 year old factory building that has been completely renovated. It is a cornerstone building in Harvard, IL.
The Hunt, Helm, Ferris and Co. manufactured more than 50 products and acquired over 250 patents on equipment designed to streamline farm work. Soon after farmers stared referring to the company’s merchandise as the “star” line of farmstead equipment, they renamed the corporation Starline in 1931.
More than a decade ago, Orrin Kinney rescued the building from demolition. Through Kinney’s vision to restore and re-purpose the old factory inspires a sense of awe, and creative possibilities. Kinney took a seemingly useless space and created an amazing niche for pioneering artists to establish their studios.
Soon after the restoration began, art shows were being held inviting the community and beyond to experience the Starline Factory and its artists.
Today, the building has become a destination location for artists, art enthusiasts, and those seeking to host their special event in a unique setting.