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Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Olivia Zubko

Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Olivia Zubko

The School of Art and Design is spotlighting recently graduated students and their work on Facebook, and we’ll be sharing them here on the blog, as well.

Graduating Senior Spotlight: Olivia Zubko, BFA in Sculpture

“In an effort to make some sense of where I stand as an artist from a long line of maker-women, I examine the lifecycles of objects and belongings, particularly handmade “women’s work” and the tools for making such pieces. Materials such as porcelain, wood, and fibers provide a conduit through which objects can tell their own stories. I excavate through decades of belongings, left behind by the women of family going several generations back and find fragments, artifacts, tools, and techniques. It feels as though I am reading only a few pages in each chapter of a book and I must put the pieces together in the context of the world I live in today. I reckon with this by employing materials and concepts that are relevant today as well as subtle humor to stitch together a story that is both mine and my foremothers’ combined.

This body of work employs the self-archaeology I’ve been working with but with a special focus on the natural world, the terrain, and the synthesized environment in which such “artifacts” may be found. Core Sample, for instance, looks at strata and layers of time, topped with a terrarium which houses artifacts/fossils yet to be excavated. Of course, artifacts and fossils are not the same thing, but in my work, I like to imagine a point or place where they come together as one, where something is handmade but also biological. Other works featured such as Cold Comfort and Warmth consist of networks of crocheted porcelain shapes to invoke a sense of terrain made up of handiwork creating a topography that is both blanket and earth.”

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Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Sarah Navigato

Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Sarah Navigato

The School of Art and Design is spotlighting recently graduated students and their work on Facebook, and we’ll be sharing them here on the blog, as well.

Sarah Navigato
BFA in Illustration

“My life-long passion for animals inspires me to create. Sparking interest in these creatures is my way of sharing information about them. While sketching and studying animals, I discover new thing I wouldn’t have noticed before. Learning new details about animals motivates me. My imagination runs wile as I ask myself questions like, “What if?” Creating serves as a way for me to express the information I learn about the animals in an entertaining way. I emphasize interesting facts in a way that makes the viewer want to learn more. Combining them together to create strange hybrids highlights their visual or behavioral similarities. Made-up hybrids or a real-life animals in an unrealistic environment are some ways I create interest. However it catches the viewer’s eye, I want them to become curious and want to investigate further to find out why certain elements are the focal points of my work.”

Congratulations Sarah!!!

NIU Artists. Never. Quit. – Beginning Illustration Class (Part Two)

NIU Artists. Never. Quit. – Beginning Illustration Class (Part Two)

As NIU and the world around us deals with a global pandemic, artists continue to find ways to express themselves. In the College of Visual and Performing arts the learning and teaching hasn’t stopped, it’s simply evolved to meet the needs and limitations of the situation. Over the coming days, we’ll be featuring how NIU students, alumni and faculty in the arts are continuing to do what they love. View the entire collection of NIU Artists. Never. Quit. submissions. (more…)

Art and Design Senior Student Spotlight: Alexis Gruber

Art and Design Senior Student Spotlight: Alexis Gruber

The School of Art and Design is spotlighting recently graduated students and their work on Facebook, and we’ll be sharing them here on the blog, as well.

Alexis Gruber
BS Ed in Art and Design Education

“Congratulations to Alexis for making it through student teaching and being offered a position to teach art at Belvidere South Middle School!!! Check out a small snippet of her remote learning lesson plan, devised during a very tough semester to do student teaching.
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We wish you all the best!!!” 

 

NIU Artists. Never. Quit. – Beginning Illustration class (Part One)

NIU Artists. Never. Quit. – Beginning Illustration class (Part One)

As NIU and the world around us deals with a global pandemic, artists continue to find ways to express themselves. In the College of Visual and Performing arts the learning and teaching hasn’t stopped, it’s simply evolved to meet the needs and limitations of the situation. Over the coming days, we’ll be featuring how NIU students, alumni and faculty in the arts are continuing to do what they love. View the entire collection of NIU Artists. Never. Quit. submissions. (more…)