College Magazine has ranked the Art History program at NIU as one of the top ten in the Midwest, according to a report published on September 11, 2018. (more…)
Backspace Gallery presents: All Sheets to the Wind – Works on Paper featuring alumni, faculty, retirees and visiting artists
As part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of NIU’s Jack Arends Hall, home to the School of Art and Design, the Backspace Gallery presents “All Sheets to the Wind – Works on Paper” an exhibition featuring work from NIU alumni, faculty, retirees and visiting artists. (more…)
Visiting Scholars in Art History series begins with Elaine King on how art market legitimatizes cultural products
Elaine King, professor emerita of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, and an alumnus of the NIU School of Art and Design, kicks off the 2018-2019 Elizabeth Allen Visiting Speakers in Art History Alumni Series, Monday, September 17, with “A Cultural Capital Quagmire: How the Art Market and Not Curators or Art Critics Legitimatize Cultural Products Today.” (more…)
Unpacked Mobile Gallery presents Maktub: An exhibition of SWANA identity in disaspora through bookmaking
Unpacked Mobile Gallery presents Maktub, a three-person exhibition by Lamia Abukhadra, Essma Imady, and Zeinab Saab, Friday, September 14.
Maktub is an Arabic word that translates to “it is written” and the the exhibition deals with the history of three Arab women living in the diaspora, and their relationship to their native lands – Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon – and the importance of preserving their history and culture through the art of bookmaking.
The exhibiting artists are Lamia Abukhadra, who is of Palestinean descent, Essma Imady, Syrian descent, and Zeinab Saab, of Lebanese descent.
Unpacked Stops on Friday, September 14:
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. UIC Arab American Cultural Center
701 S Morgan St., Chicago, IL
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Pilsen Alliance
1744 West 18th St., Chicago, IL
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Muslim Community Center
4380 N Elston Ave. Chicago, IL
7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Comfort Station
2579 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Support will be used to help with the cost of renting the truck and expenses related with traveling to the four cultural destinations over the course of this one-day pop up exhibition.
Lauren Iacoponi and Shane Bowers co-founded Unpacked this past year due to a growing interest in different models of DIY exhibitions spaces, mobile museums and galleries for contemporary art. We wanted to mobilize in a literal way – bringing our vision out into the world and into different communities.
Unpacked expands the domain of what is conventionally considered an appropriate space to showcase art – the bed of a moving truck. The DIY artist space exhibits innovative artists across disciplines through a mobile gallery or “pop-up truck show”, allowing for guerrilla art shows around the city of Chicago.
Artifacts, the alumni newsletter of the NIU School of Art and Design has just posted a fall issue online.
In this edition you’ll learn about:
- The 50th anniversary of Jack Arends Hall celebration
- Features on award winning Art and Design faculty
- Student profiles
- The 2018-2019 exhibition schedule
- The lineup for this year’s Elizabeth Allen Visiting Scholars in Art History
- And more
Mary Quinlan, Professor of Art History in NIU’s School of Art and Design, has received a major grant from the National Science Foundation to support her research into the roles of vision and visual psychology in 16th century iconoclasms.