Caroline Kent, assistant professor of art theory and practice at Northwestern University, will deliver a visiting scholar presentation, Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in Room 100 of Jack Arends Hall, the Visual Arts Building on the NIU Main Campus. The presentation will also be streamed on Zoom.
Kent is a Chicago-based artist originally from Sterling, Ill. She is currently showing as part of the Chicago Works programming at MCA. Other notable venues in which Kent has had recent solo exhibitions include: Casey Kaplan Gallery, NY; ISU, Normal, Ill.; Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles; Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Chicago; Hawthorn Contemporary, Milwaukee; and TCNJ Gallery, New Jersey.
Kent has participated in international residency programs and numerous group exhibitions including at the California African-American Museum in LA, and the Art Institute and the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago.
“How does language structure our world? Who gets to be inside or outside a language? What would it mean to invent a new mode of communication? And what social conditions make creating a new language necessary? Chicago artist Caroline Kent explores these questions through paintings, drawings, sculpture and performance works that speak in an abstract visual vocabulary she developed over years of practice.” — Press, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
NIU School of Art and Design students in ARTD 464 Advanced Photography: Post Production created a paper snowflake that measured 44 feet, six inches, besting the current Guinness of Book of World Record of 20 feet and one half inch. The students, led by Jessica Labatte, associate professor and head of the photography department toiled for more than ten hours laying out, tracing, cutting and folding the snowflake on the floor of the NIU Convocation Center.
They will submit the official supporting materials to Guinness to have their new world record certified.
Sharif Bey, associate professor of art at Syracuse University will present an online visiting artist lecture, Monday, April 4 at 5 p.m. titled “Life, Art and Social Responsibility.” Bey is a teaching artist in ceramics, sculpture, art community programming and art education.
He has published articles in numerous research journals in art education. Bey was senior editor of the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education. Most recently, his artwork was on view in the exhibition “Excavations” at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.
An interactive audio exhibit that builds on the work of last year’s “Faces of Belonging” collaboration, “Voices of Belonging” will run from March 31-April 14 in NIU’s Founders Memorial Library.
Voices of Belonging is a collaboration among NIU’s Northern Public Radio (WNIU/WNIJ), the Divisions of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development and Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and various campus and community partners (including the photography program of the School of Art and Design). The exhibit aims to deepen our communiversity understanding of belonging and othering by exploring personal lived experiences of campus and community members, and the insights of national belonging thought leaders.
“Voices of Belonging” features 11 local residents and students sharing their stories in their own voices. The unrehearsed, extemporaneous interviews conducted by WNIJ producers are honest and captivating.
The exhibit also includes interviews with a local and national expert who helps to define belonging. There is also a rare recording of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. speaking to Ohio high school students about belonging. Angela Baron Jeffrey, who moderated NIU’s community conversation with dr. james a. powell, serves as the audio host.
The exhibit also provides reflection questions to encourage personal contemplation at both the individual and community level.
All are invited to join NIU, the City of DeKalb, Northern Public Radio, the DeKalb Area Belonging Council, Target, and Mortenson for the opening reception, March 31 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the main level of Founders Memorial Library for a special opening reception, remarks will be made at 4 p.m.
After the March 31-April 14 run in Founders Memorial Library the installation will travel to the DeKalb Public Library (April 25 through May 8) and then to Kishwaukee College with the intention that the exhibit travel to various campus and community locations including schools, houses of faith, public buildings and other locations to create awareness, provoke thought, personal reflection and to further the creation of a culture of belonging in the DeKalb area and on the NIU campus.
Special thanks to the following for their contributions to the creation of this exhibit:
Moderator and host, Angela Baron-Jeffrey
NIU Marketing and Communications team
The Friends of the NIU Libraries
NIU Founders Memorial Library
NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts – especially Associate Professor of Art Jessica Labatte and her photography students
NIU Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development
NIU Division of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) campus center at NIU
james a. powell
Each of the eleven outstanding participants
The Cleveland Public Library and Ideastream for the contribution of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s rare and powerful recording
A Note for Educators & Discussion Group Leaders
Voices of Belonging includes 12 questions throughout the exhibit intended to provoke personal reflection. Three final questions were asked of each interview participant. Visitors are invited to consider these three questions and submit their own personal Voice of Belonging recording. The exhibit questions were created with educational and group discussion opportunities in mind. Educators and discussion leaders are invited to create assignments, discussions, and experiential learning opportunities related to the exhibit. We would love to know how you use the exhibit and the questions posed.
Your feedback is welcomed and assists us in enhancing our current and future exhibits. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your feedback. Private tours and talks can be arranged from time to time. If you would like to arrange for a private tour and discussion for your class or group, please contact Jennifer Groce at firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to Host the Exhibit?
Voices of Belonging is a traveling exhibit. If you would like to submit a request for review to host the exhibit in your location, please contact Jennifer Groce at email@example.com or Monique Bernoudy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the exhibit can only be used indoors and must be in a safe and secure location that is monitored, and a staff member must be available to distribute and collect disposable headphones and MP3 players as needed.
Snow Yunxue Fu, US-based Chinese-born artist, curator, and Assistant Arts Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts will present a visiting artist talk, Wednesday, April 6 at 11 a.m. via Zoom.
Fu’s work builds off of contemporary art ideas involving painting and photography and applies them to the medium of 3D animation and experimental video installations. Her interviews and reviews have been covered in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Arebyte on Screen, Sedition, Guangzhou Today’s Focus in China, and the St. Louis Magazine Art Review. Her gallery representation includes TRANSFER Gallery New York, Carlos Reid Gallery, and The OUTPUT in Shanghai. Her work has been collected by the Currents Museum in New York and she remains the youngest artist collected by the National Art Museum of China.