The NIU Center for Burma Studies is hosting a collecting and collectors symposium, Friday, April 14 to coincide with the exhibition “Americans in Burma: The Art of Collecting” which is open now through May 13 in the NIU Art Museum.

The symposium is free and open to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 71-N of NIU’s Founders Memorial Library.

Symposium Schedule

Opening Remarks
9 – 9:15 a.m.
Jerry Blazey, PhD, vice president of the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships at NIU. Paul Kassel, dean of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts. Catherine Raymond, PhD, director of the NIU Center for Burma Studies.

History of the Burma Art Collection
9:20 – 9:40 a.m.
Richard Cooler, PhD, professor emeritus and previous director of the NIU Center for Burma Studies

9:40 – 10 a.m.
Catherine Raymond, PhD,

The Art of Collecting (scholars, curators and donors)
10 – 10:30 a.m.
Sylvia Fraser Lu, author and collector

10:30 – 11 a.m.
Ann Wright Parsons, curator

11 – 11:30 a.m.
Eric Olmanson, PhD, historian

11:30 a.m. – noon
Jane Ferguson, PhD, anthropologist

Lunch break and tours of the Burma art collection
noon – 2 p.m.

Use of the Burma Art Collection: A Pedagogic Test (NIU alumni)
2 – 2:15 p.m.
Amanda Spradling

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Markie Striegel

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Karla Findley

2:45 – 3 p.m.
Carmin Berchiolly

Coffee break
3 – 3:30 p.m.

Concluding Remarks and Discussion
3:30 – 4 p.m.
Lodewijk Wagenaar, PhD, curator and historian

Open Discussion
4 – 4:30 p.m.

The symposium was funded with support of The Allen Series Fund, NIU Division of Art History, NIU School of Art and Design, NIU Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships, The Burma Studies Foundation, the NIU Art Museum and with special thank yous to Saya Saw Tun and Sandar Wynn.