Art and Design alumnae Christine Woywod to lecture at NIU on transformative partnerships with community artists

Art and Design alumnae Christine Woywod to lecture at NIU on transformative partnerships with community artists

Christine Woywod Veettill,  chair of the Department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is returning to her alma mater, Tuesday, February 19 for the lecture, “Art That Makes Communities Strong: Transformative Partnerships with Community Artists in K-12 Settings.”  The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held on the Northern Illinois University main campus in room 103 of Jack Arends Hall, the visual arts building at 5 p.m. (more…)

Congratulations to the 2018 Student Holiday Card Contest winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Student Holiday Card Contest winners

Three students from the School of Art and Design were the finalists in this year’s Student Holiday Card Contest.  The winners were selected by NIU President Lisa Freeman to “showcase the incredible talent that NIU students possess.”

The artists behind the winning artwork will all receive scholarships for their designs.  The first place entry will be featured as the official university holiday card.

First prize

Warm NIU Wishes

Amber Naskrent is a junior visual communications major from Belvidere, Ill.

“For my submission, I wanted to create a bright and festive image in a simple and clean way utilizing the techniques I’ve learned as a designer,” said Naskrent.

She hopes to combine her passion for graphic design with her love of Japanese culture by working as a designer for an international company in Chicago.

“I’m excited to see where the skills I’ve learned at NIU will lead me,” she said. 

Second prize

A Romp in the Snow with Some Geese

Oona Holtane is a junior illustration major from Sycamore, Ill.

Holtane’s holiday card artwork features a digitally-created collage illustration. “[This is] what I imagine goes on during winter break on campus,” she said.

Her career goals include directing an animated film, writing and illustrating her own book and growing her business.

“I want to inspire as many people as possible and help others find the silver lining to life’s negative events,” said Holtane. 

Third prize

Skating on the Lagoon

Natalie Pivoney is a graduate student pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in painting from Des Plaines, Ill.

Pivoney’s work features an image of an oil painting with ice skaters on the East Lagoon and NIU’s Altgeld Hall in the background.

“NIU is not just a school, it’s a place where fond memories are created. I enjoyed painting in red details throughout the piece and reflecting the sky in the iced lagoon,” she said.

Pivoney plans to pursue her art practice full-time while teaching studio art at the college level.

Art and Design’s Sinclair Bell to lecture at Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Art and Design’s Sinclair Bell to lecture at Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Sinclair Bell, Assistant Professor of Art History will present the lecture, “Spectacles of Death: Gladiatorial Combats and Naval Battles in the Roman Arena,” at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Tuesday, January 8 at 6 p.m.  The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

Sinclair Bell
Sinclair Bell

In this series of lectures entitled, “Sport, Spectacle, and Games under the Roman Empire,” Bell will look at the different ways in which sport and spectacle permeated the society and culture of the ancient Roman Empire (ca. 1-200 CE).

The lectures investigate several different forms of public entertainment and leisure – gladiatorial combats and naval battles, athletics and bathing, and chariot-racing – and the respective monumental spaces in which they took place. Drawing on artistic, architectural, and archaeological evidence as well as contemporary literary sources, these lectures will wrestle with the problematic nature of their classification as sport vs. spectacle.

The following lectures will be presented as part of this series:

February 5: Athletics and Leisure: Greek Games and Roman Baths

March 5: The Greatest Race: Chariot-Racing in the Roman Circus

Sinclair Bell is a classical archaeologist and art historian who specializes in the art and archaeology of ancient Italy. 

Value of versatile design skills a key message at 2018 Seek Conference

Value of versatile design skills a key message at 2018 Seek Conference

Advice, inspiration and humor were in large supply as a group of about 190, including 45 current NIU School of Art and Design students and a large number of young alumni attended the 2018 Seek Conference, November 12 at Morningstar in Chicago.  Attendees were treated to short presentations and panel discussions from 11 School of Art and Design alumni at various stages of their successful design careers. (more…)