Three members of the NIU School of Music were honored with 2023 Artist Fellowship Awards from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Liam Teague, NIU Board of Trustees Professor, Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor and Head of Steelpan Studies and Robert Chappell, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor Emeritus were jointly awarded a $15,000 fellowship for music improvisation, and Bobby Broom, Associate Professor of Jazz Guitar and Jazz Studies also received a $15,000 fellowship for music improvisation.

Liam Teague

Robert Chappell

Bobby Broom

In all, artists from Illinois were awarded fellowships totaling $360,000. The Artist Fellowship Award program offers funding in eight categories and the winners were selected from a pool of 283 creative artists working in the disciplines of choreography, media arts, music composition, music improvisation, new performance forms, poetry, prose and scriptworks.

Governor JB Pritzker said, “Illinois’ artists are one of our strongest and most valuable resources, making a more creative and welcoming state for us even in the face of global and national challenges. Congratulations to each of these recipients on their hard work and to the Illinois Arts Council Agency for their steadfast support of the arts.”