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Alumni spotlight: Korkut Akacik, illustrator, animator, and educator

Alumni spotlight: Korkut Akacik, illustrator, animator, and educator

Korkut AkacikKorkut Akacik earned his Master of Fine Arts in animation from the NIU School of Art and Design in 2018.  He is currently the creative director at Econ Illinois, a non-profit organization through NIU that has been developing interesting and interactive ways to help Illinois teachers educate students so they are better prepared for their financial futures.

He is also an adjunct faculty member at College of DuPage where he teaches courses in digital animation, digital illustration, Sequential Art and cartooning.  He worked for many years as an animator and instructor illustrator in his native Turkey, and in 2007 co-founded Akacik Advertising & Design Ltd. in Istanbul and operated it for more than a decade. (more…)

Oona Holtane uses “illustration to tell stories and evoke emotion” and it’s led to a dream summer

Oona Holtane uses “illustration to tell stories and evoke emotion” and it’s led to a dream summer

Oona Holtane

Oona Holtane

Oona Holtane says her love of art and illustration goes back as long as she can remember, when as a three-year old she was watching Disney’s The Aristocats while, “holding a pudding spoon in one hand and a crayon in the other.”  The junior illustration major from Sycamore has been developing that talent ever since, and the results are impressive.

For the second year in a row, one of her works has been selected by the Society of Illustrators in their Student Scholarship Competition.  It was one of only 300 accepted from more than 8700 entries submitted by 2,114 students from 72 colleges and universities. (more…)

NIU and DeKalb’s annual art celebration ARTigras returns May 4

NIU and DeKalb’s annual art celebration ARTigras returns May 4

Artigras

ARTigras is an annual event developed by the NIU School of Art and Design in partnership with the City of DeKalb to create a fun and creative celebration of the arts – something new for the area to bring our community together. The first inaugural ARTigras took place in May 2015, hosting hundreds of participants and attendees. We look forward to sharing this annual arts celebration with the NIU and DeKalb community members. (more…)

Alumni Speakers in Art History series presents talk on the impact of The Black Arts Movement on diversity in Art History

Alumni Speakers in Art History series presents talk on the impact of The Black Arts Movement on diversity in Art History

The final lecture of this year’s Elizabeth Allen Visiting Alumni Speakers in Art History Lecture Series features Freida High Wasikhongo Tesfagiorgis’ talk: A Sankofa Moment in 2019: The Impact of The Black Arts Movement On Diversity in Art History and Museums in the New Millennium, Wednesday, April 24 at 5 p.m. in room 103 of Jack Arends Hall the visual arts building on the NIU main campus.

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