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Art and Design Archives

NIU Art and Design and NIU baseball alumnus Tim Kuncis brings sports art to famed locales

When former NIU baseball player Tim Kuncis, ’96, was majoring in art in college, it was not clear how or if he would use his degree. In fact, for the first two decades of his career, he worked in the trading pits of the Chicago Board of Trade before realizing his...

Art and Design alumna, Nestlé’s Jasmin Nava, brings entrepreneurial mindset to NIUAA Board

As an undergraduate student at NIU, Jasmin Nava changed her major several times, as she began to understand her passions and strengths. “I realized I could be an independent and entrepreneurial artist while also thriving as a businesswoman in a corporate environment,”...

Michael Barnes work featured in major exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum

Michael Barnes, NIU Presidential Professor, Head of Printmaking and Coordinator of Graduate Programs in the NIU School of Art and Design has eight of his works featured in a new, major exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum. "Catching the Moment: Contemporary Art from...

Art and Design’s Kerry Freedman moderated international panel on post-pandemic visual arts education

Kerry Freedman, professor and division head of Art and Design Education in the Northern Illinois University School of Art and Design initiated and moderated a five-hour international panel that brought together arts educators from around the globe to discuss a...
Retired Art History professor Avra Liakos passed at 86

Retired Art History professor Avra Liakos passed at 86

Avra Liakos, who taught art history in the NIU School of Art and Design from 1968 to 1999 passed away, April 29 at the age of 86. Avra was born in Athens, Greece and attended the University with the intention of studying law, but her love of art won out and she earned...

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