The alumni newsletter of the Northern Illinois University School of Art and Design


Jack Arends Hall 50th Anniversary Events

Jack Olson Gallery
September 4 to October 19
Golden: SoAD Arends Hall 50th Anniversary Juried Alumni Exhibition
Juror: Dan Silverstein, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Collections Logistics Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston (BFA 1991)

Annette and Jerry Johns Student Art Gallery
August 27 to October 19
Alumni Open Mail Art Show

Jack Arends Hall Visual Arts Building Second Floor West Hallway North Display Cases
September 4 to October 19
Alumni Salon

Join us for a reception for all three exhibitions, Thursday, September 20, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Jack Arends Hall

Several works from all three exhibitions have been generously made available by participating alumni artists for inclusion in a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting the School of Art and Design scholarship fund. Auction concludes at end of exhibitions. Winning bids to be paid cash or check and works picked up at Olson Gallery upon receipt of payment. For winning bidders not able to pick up at gallery, a flat $50 handling fee will cover packing and shipping costs.

Exhibition Awards for the Juried Show will have been determined prior to the reception.



Kerry Freedman wins Lowenfeld Award

Kerry Freedman, Professor of Art Education has received the Lowenfeld Award, the most significant award in the industry.

NSF Grant

Mary Quinlan receives National Science Foundation grant

Mary Quinlan, Professor of Art History has received a major grant from the National Science Foundation to support her research into 16th century iconoclasms.


Jessica Labatte's work featured at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art

The exhibition “Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography” at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and it featured two works from Instructor of Photography Jessica Labatte.

Rakow Grant

Catherine Raymond awarded grant for glass research

Catherine Raymond, Professor of Art History and Director of the NIU Center for Burma Studies, has bee awarded a Rakow Grant for Glass Research from the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.

Graduate Faculty Award

Michael Barnes selected for Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award

Professor Michael Barnes has been selected a recipient of the 2017-2018 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award.

Dean’s Award

Kinga Wojciaczyk receives School of Art and Design Dean's Award

Kinga Wojciaczyk, BFA in Photography ’18, is this year’s recipient of the 2018 NIU School of Art and Design Dean’s Award.  The award winner is selected by a vote of the faculty of the School of Art and Design.

Alumni profile

First generation college graduate John Siblik

1988 School of Art and Design graduate John Siblik was a first-generation college student, and he went on to start a successful art practice, have a more than 20 year long career in arts higher education and is currently the director of the school he graduated from.

In the community

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

For the second straight year, the Sycamore Depot Light Show featured the artwork of NIU School of Art and Design students.

Huskie Spotlight

Heriberto Ponce

Heriberto is an MFA student in Fiber Arts from Aurora, Ill.

Huskie Spotlight

Zeinab Saab

Zeinab is an MFA student in printmaking from Dearborn, Mich.