2018-2019 College of Visual and Performing Arts Performance Schedule

2018-2019 College of Visual and Performing Arts Performance Schedule

Check out the 2018-2019 Arts Events Schedule from the Northern Illinois University College of Visual and Performing Arts.  Every year, the Schools of Art and Design, Music, and Theatre and Dance put on nearly 300 open to the public performances, concerts, exhibitions and lectures.

Highlights of the season include the return of the School of Theatre and Dance to the Stevens Building with new and renovated performance spaces for all to enjoy.  The School of Art and Design is celebrating their 50th Anniversary in Jack Arends Hall, NIU’s Visual Arts Building.  The School of Music has another incredible season of concerts in a variety of genres.

This arts events schedule also includes handy links to ticket information for performances in both music and theater.

School of Music

Fall Concert Schedule

School of Music Concerts

Jazz Series
presented by DeKalb Sycamore Cadlillac
World Music Series Choral and Opera Series Concert Band and Percussion Series Orchestra and String Series
presented by WNIU/WNIJ
Oct. 11 – Big Bands Jazz Concert, 8 p.m., BMCH Nov. 11 NIU Steelband, 3 p.m., BMCH Oct. 16 – Concert Choir and University Chorus, 8 p.m., BMCH Oct. 4 – Wind Ensemble, 8 p.m., BMCH Oct. 9 – Avalon String Quartet, 8 p.m., RH

Oct, 16 – Jazz Combo Fest, House Café, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 14, Chinese Music Ensemble,
6:30 pm, BMCH

Oct. 21 – Cor Cantiamo, 3 p.m., BMCH

Oct. 24, Wind Symphony, 8 pm, BMCH

Oct. 10, NIU Philharmonic, 8 pm, BMCH

Oct. 21 – Swing Dance Party, Ellington Ballroom

Nov. 19, Middle Eastern Music Ensemble,
3 pm, RH

Nov, 13, Opera Theater, 6:30 pm, RH

Nov. 12 Percussion Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH

Oct. 22 – Composers Concert, 8 p.m., BMCH
Nov. 6, University Jazz, 8 pm, BMCH

Nov. 29, World Music Fusion, 6:30 pm, RH

Nov. 15, Opera Theater, 6:30 pm, RH

Nov. 29 – Wind Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH

Nov. 5, Avalon String Quartet, 8 pm, RH

New Music Festival,
8 p.m. each night, BMCH
Nov. 7 / Nov. 8 / Nov. 9

Dec. 2, Holiday Choral Concert, 3 pm, BMCH

Nov. 14, NIU Philharmonic, 8 pm, BMCH

Nov. 13, Jazz Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH

Locations: BMCH – Boutell Memorial Concert Hall // RH – Recital Hall
House Café • 263 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb

Nov. 15, Jazz Orchestra, 8 pm, BMCH

Tickets: $5 for adults and seniors
$3 for students

Nov. 25, Swingin’ in the Holidays, 3 pm, BMCH

Ticket information

Nov. 27, Jazztet, 6 pm, House Café

School of Theatre and Dance

Fall Performance Schedule

School of Theatre and Dance Fall Performances

Mainstage

The Flick by Annie Baker
October 3-7
Showtimes: Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
October 24-28
Showtimes: Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Fall 2018 Dance Concert
November 15-18
Showtimes: Thursday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

 

Studio Series

True West by Sam Shepard
October 10-14
Showtimes: Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Bakkhai by Euripedes, Translation by Anne Carson
October 31 – November 4
Showtimes: Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The Marriage of Bette and Boo by Christopher Durang
November 28 – December 2
Showtimes: Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Ticket information

Art

Exhibitions and Lectures in the School of Art and Design and Art Museum

School of Art and Design Fall Exhibitions and Lectures

Jack Arends Hall 50th Anniversary Events

NIU Art Gallery

August 28 – October 19
“Sweet, Golden and Delicious”
NIU School of Art and Design Alumni Invitational Exhibition

School of Art and Design Galleries

Jack Olson Gallery
September 4 to October 19
Golden: SoAD Arends Hall 50th Anniversary Juried Alumni Exhibition
Juror: Dan Silverstein, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Collections Logistics Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston (BFA 1991)

Annette and Jerry Johns Student Art Gallery
August 27 to October 19
Alumni Open Mail Art Show

VAB Second Floor West Hallway North Display Cases
September 4 to October 19
Alumni Salon

Reception for all three exhibitions, Thursday, September 20, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Jack Arends Hall.

Several works from all three exhibitions have been generously made available by participating alumni artists for inclusion in a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting the School of Art and Design scholarship fund. Auction concludes at end of exhibitions. Winning bids to be paid cash or check and works picked up at Olson Gallery upon receipt of payment. For winning bidders not able to pick up at gallery, a flat $50 handling fee will cover packing and shipping costs.

Exhibition Awards for the Juried Show will have been determined prior to the reception.

Jack Olson Gallery Exhibitions

September 4 – October 19
Golden: School of Art and Design Jack Arends Hall 50th Anniversary Juried Alumni Exhibition
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 20, 5 – 8 p.m.
Exhibition of work in all media by alumni of the NIU School of Art and Design.
Juror: Dan Silverstein, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Collections Logistics, Block Museum at Northwestern University (BFA 1991)

November 5 – 17
High School Invitational
Closing Reception and Award Presentation, Saturday, Nov 17, 3 – 4 p.m.
The High School Invitational exhibition features work by high school students from northern Illinois. The exhibition is partially underwritten by Blick Art Materials.

December 3 – 11
BFA Show
Reception: Thursday, Dec 6, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Capstone exhibition showcasing works by students earning NIU School of Art and Design BFA Degrees.

Elizabeth Allen Visiting Speakers in Art History Alumni Series

Monday, September 17, 2018, Jack Arends Hall 100, 5 p.m.
Elaine King, Professor Emerita, College of Fine Arts, School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University
“A Cultural Capital Quagmire: How the Art Market and not Curators or Art Critics legitimatize cultural products today”

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Jack Arends Hall 100, 5 p.m.
Thomas Russo, Associate Dean, International Programs; Professor, Art History, Drury University
“Defining Sacred Spaces: Sculpture in the Romanesque Church”

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, Jack Arends Hall 100, 5 p.m.
Alexandra Green, Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia, the British Museum
“Image as information: materializing the Buddha in late Burmese art”
Organized by the NIU Center for Burma Studies

Visiting Artists and Scholars

Aaron Coleman
September 20, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Jack Arends Hall 100
Artist Lecture

Christian Ortiz
September 26, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., Jack Arends Hall 100
Artist Lecture: Immigrant Labor, Migration, and Displacement

Lisa Kay
October 11, 5 to 6 p.m., Jack Arends Hall 100
Visiting Scholar Lecture: “The Art and Science of Healing Art in Education”

Paul Erschen
October 18, 6 to 7 p.m., Jack Arends Hall 100
Artist Lecture

Valerie Wallace
November 15, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., Jack Arends Hall 100
Artist Lecture

NIU Art Museum

SWEET, Golden and Delicious…”Faculty-select and Museum-certified”

NIU Studio and Design Alumni Artists
August 28 – October 19, 2018
South and Rotunda Galleries, NIU Art Museum
An invitational exhibition of studio and design alumni artists recommended by current and former faculty, SWEET, Golden and Delicious… presents recent work by six dozen artists from five decades representing eleven areas of visual study. Artists needed to be actively practicing and showing their work. Works on view represent a variety of approaches to photography, sculpture, fiber, jewelry and metalwork, printmaking, illustration, ceramics, painting, drawing, graphic design, and time arts. In addition, there is a sound piece, and video documentation of an artist creating a lithograph, and of a large public art piece being made.

This exhibition is part of a larger School of Art and Design celebration of alumni as guest artists, scholars and educators. To learn more about this celebration please visit the School of Art and Design.

Imagery and Icons:

Former Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty exhibition
September 18 – October 19, 2018
North Gallery, NIU Art Museum
As part of the alumni exhibitions and anniversary celebrations this exhibition showcases work from former faculty in an intimate, salon style exhibition. Participating artists at this time include: Renie Adams, Walter Ball, Jay Paul Bell, Richard Beard, Dorothea Bilder, Robert Bornheutter, David Bower, Karen Brown, David Driesbach, Yale Factor, Larry Gregory, Andrew Liccardo, Ben Mahmoud, Ron Mazanowski, Philip Melnick, Ashley Nason, Mark A. Nelson, Jack Olson, Charlotte Rollman, John Rooney, Lee Sido, Doug Stewart, Ed Syrek, and Bruce White.

Transparency Exhibition Suite

November 15 – February 15, 2019 (closed university holidays)
Transparency in Form and Content
Examines the spectrum of interpretation of the word “transparency”; from the literal to the figurative. Artists who explore both the visual phenomenon of transparency and the concept of “transparency” in content, be that process, funding, idea or material. This group show is curated from a national call for entries.

Vanishing Art from Myanmar:
The Buddhist Reverse Glass Painting Tradition

November 15 – February 15, 2019 (closed university holidays)
Explores the complex Buddhist tradition as it is revealed through the work of some artists from the last village in Burma dedicated to the reverse glass painting technique and tradition known since the art form’s introduction to the region in the 18th century.

Curated by Dr. Catherine Raymond, Director, Center for Burma Studies and Professor of Art History and presented in conjunction with the International Symposium “Looking Through The Glass: The Asian Reverse Glass Painting Traditions” on November 16, 2018.

Raymond’s research was funded by a Rakow Grant from the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

To all of you who support the arts at NIU in so many different, important ways, we wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

— Everyone at the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts

Original artwork designed by current School of Art and Design student Luke Pietrzak

Watch: The 2018 NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Convocation video

Watch: The 2018 NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Convocation video

On Monday, January 22 more than 450 people attended the second annual NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Convocation in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.  They saw performances students from  NIU’s School of Music, and School of Theatre and Dance and heard presentations from students in the School of Art and Design.  The 90 minute program was highlighted by Dana Arnett, BFA ’83, School of Art and Design receiving an award for Excellence in the Arts.

The convocation can be seen here in its entirety:

 

Show Order

School of Music
Steelband Ensemble, Yuko Asada, Director
Conscious Chutney – Ras Shorty | (Garfield Blackman), arr. Liam Teague

Welcome and Introductions
Paul Kassel, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

School of Art and Design
Gwendolyn Brooks Project exhibit: Paul Zollinger and Kinga Wojciaczyk
Reverse Glass Painting: Markie Stiegel
Back Space Gallery: Ari Norris and Ping
Young Professional in Art Education Award: Matthew Etherington

School of Theatre and Dance
Scene from The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence – Madeline George
Eliza: Emily Vitrano
Watson: Joe Metcalfe
Directed by: Patricia Skarbinski

“Very Soft Shoes” from Once Upon a Mattress
Choreography: Paula Frasz
Composers: Marshall Barer and Mary Rodgers
Costume Design: Jeremy Floyd and Elizabeth Galba
Dancer: Matthew Skorupski

Student Advisory Committee Introductions
Interdisciplinary Student Project in Artistry and Research recipient recognition – Leah Harvey
Announcement of 2019 award winner(s)

School of Music
“Die Holle Rache” from The Magic Flute
Brittany Anderson, soprano
Aleksandra Hsiao, piano

School of Art and Design
Mobile Gallery: Lauren Iacoponi, Shane Bowers
(Video store, foreclosure) Narrative: Rebecca Griffith and Elyse Sawka
International: Yamin Xu
Non-traditional: John Linquist and Terrance Gray (black experience, PTSD)

School of Theatre and Dance
Scene from Blue Stockings
Tess: Jessie Roark
Celia: Madison Bishop
Ralph: Bryant Hayes
Directed by: Kendra Holton

“Steam Heat” from The Pajama Game
Restaged: Judith Chitwood
Composers: Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Costume Design: Melanie Parks
Dancers: Aiyana Cervantez, Renae Frank, Abriana Willis

Excellence in the Arts presentation
Dana Arnett, BFA, School of Art and Design, ’83
Founding Partner and Vice Chairman, VSA Partners

NIU 2018 Spring Arts Events

NIU 2018 Spring Arts Events

A look at the concerts, productions, lectures and exhibitions in the arts at NIU for spring 2018.

A complete calendar of events is available.

Most concerts in the School of Music are available via live webcast.

Music

Choral & Opera Series

March 4Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, University Chorus, 3 pm, BMCH
March 23Opera Theatre, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, 8 pm, RH
March 25Opera Theatre, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, 3 pm, RH
April 25Chamber Choir & University Chorus, 8 pm, BMCH
April 29Concert Choir & NIU Philharmonic, Bach – Mass in B Minor, 3 pm, BMCH

Featured/Mixed Series

Feb. 21NIU Philharmonic, Concerto Competition, 8 pm, BMCH
April 9NIU Composers Concert, 8 pm, RH
April 16NIU Percussion Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH
April 29Concert Choir & NIU Philharmonic, Bach Mass in B Minor, 3 pm, BMCH

Faculty Series

Jan. 30Avalon String Quartet, 8 pm, RH
Feb. 19Blaise Magniere, 8 pm, RH
March 25Brass Faculty, 7 pm, RH
March 27Geof Bradfield, 8 pm, RH
April 15Mark Ponzo, 5 pm, RH
April 26Avalon String Quartet, 8 pm, RH

Jazz Series

Feb. 27Jazz Combo Fest, 6:30pm, The House Café
March 7University Jazz/Latin Jazz Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH
April 12NIU Jazz Orchestra, 8 pm, BMCH
April 17Jazz Combo Fest, 6:30 pm, The House Café
April 18Latin Jazz/University Jazz Band, 8 pm, BMCH
April 24NIU Jazz Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH

Concert Band Series

Feb. 28Wind Symphony, 8 pm, BMCH
March 8Wind Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH
April 19Wind Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH
April 23Wind Symphony, 8 pm, BMCH

World Music Series

April 4Chinese Music Ensemble, 6:30 pm, RH
April 5Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, 6:30 pm, RH
April 7Steel Pan Studio, University Steelband and CSA Steelband, 3 pm, BMCH
April 8World Music, 3 pm, BMCH
April 22NIU Steelband, 3 pm, BMCH

Locations:
BMCH – Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building
RH – Recital Hall, NIU Music Building
The House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb

Theatre

Mainstage Series

The Glass Menagerie

February 7 – 11
Huntley Middle School

Middletown

February 28 – March 11
Huntley Middle School

By the Bog of Cats

April 11-15
Huntley Middle School


Studio Series

The Rainmaker

March 21-25
Holmes Student Center

Intentions

April 18-22
Holmes Student Center

Dance

Spring 2018 Dance Concert

April 26-29
Huntley Middle School

Art

One or the Other Must Be Blurred

January 19 – February 28
Jan. 18 – Reception and artist talk:  5 p.m.

Elizabeth Allen Visiting Scholars in Art History

Feb. 7 – Elizabeth McGoey, Art Institute of Chicago
“Modern Alliances: The American Union of Decorative Arts and Craftsmen”

March 1 – Allie Terry-Fritsch, Bowling Green University
“Animal Trials, Humiliation Rituals and Iconoclastic Justice in Early Modern Europe”

March 21 – John Osborne, Carleton University
“The Vatican Obelisk and Other Ancient Monuments in Early Modern Europe”

Performing Art and the Pedagogy of the False

March 1 – Artist talk: 5 p.m., Jack Arends Hall (Art Building), Room 103

Annual Juried Blick Art Materials Ars Nova Exhibition

March 22Reception, juror’s talk and award presentation, 6:30 p.m.
March 22 – April 12, exhibition

BFA Show

April 26 – May 9, exhibition
May 5Reception, 5 p.m.