Stevens Building ready for its close-up after $23.7 million renovation

Stevens Building ready for its close-up after $23.7 million renovation

The Stevens Building at Northern Illinois University, home to the School of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Anthropology have raised the curtain for Monday’s start of the fall semester after an extensive renovation project.

The $23.7 million state funded project has increased the size of the building by 55% to 106,000 square feet.

New features include:

  • A 200-seat state-of-the-art black box theater venue for teaching and performances, providing the most-real world experience for what students will encounter in professional settings after graduation
  • A vastly expanded scene shop with direct access so that sets can be built, painted and transported in totality in and out of theater spaces
  • A 330-seat lecture hall which can easily be configured into as many as three smaller lecture spaces.
  • Improved classroom and laboratory spaces for anthropology.
  • Expansion of the theater and dance movement lab into a more functional two-story space.
  • Five dedicated classrooms equipped with “smart” technology.
  • Dramatically improved accessibility, including a new elevator.

 

Acting President Lisa Freeman said the completion of the project is another way that NIU is showing its commitment to students and the community.  “These renovations to the Stevens Building afford our faculty the ability to teach our students in theater, dance and anthropology in a world-class facility.  We welcome our community to visit our campus and attend performances where they will enjoy the work of our very talented students.”

Kendall Thu, Chair of the Department of Anthropology said his students are excited about the opportunities the new facility can provide.  “We are thrilled to return to state-of-the-art facilities which will allow us to continue our tradition of being student-centered with an emphasis on engaged learning. The labs and classrooms optimize interactions between students and faculty while building a sense of community. This new facility is a fitting tribute to current and retired faculty who have been trailblazers in their research and distinguished teachers in the classroom.”

For Alex Gelman, Director of the School of Theatre and Dance the return to the Stevens means the improvisation for his students of the last few years can be focused into the classroom and stage.  “We are certainly excited to be teaching and studying in these new and vastly improved spaces.  The facility we have now provides us the opportunity to better prepare actors for the work that lies ahead after they graduate and move into their professional careers.”

Classes begin in the Stevens Building on Monday, August 25.  The first School of Theatre and Dance performance is October 3 when “The Flick” a play by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker opens the new black box theater.

For a complete schedule of upcoming theater and dance performances visit niu.edu/theatre.  For more information on the Department of Anthropology visit niu.edu/anthropology.

School of Art and Design kicks off 50th Anniversary celebrations

School of Art and Design kicks off 50th Anniversary celebrations

Call for entries for two exhibitions

Jack Arends Hall 50th Anniversary

The 2018 fall semester kicks off the 50th Anniversary of Jack Arends Hall, home of the NIU School of Art and Design. First up are a pair of exhibitions:

  • “Golden” Jack Arends Hall 50th Anniversary Juried Alumni Show, an All-Alumni Open Exhibit, September 4 – October 19
  • Jack Arends Hall 50th Anniversary All Alumni Open Exhibit and Mail Art Show, August 24 – October 19

Want to answer the Call for Entries?  Here’s how:


Golden: School of Art and Design Jack Arends Hall 50th Anniversary Juried Alumni Show
September 4 – October 19, 2018

Call for Entry link

Eligibility

Open to all alumni of the NIU School of Art and Design (SoAD), also previously known as NIU School of Art and NIU Art Department.

Awards

  • Two solo shows at the Olson Gallery, January-February 2020
  • Invitation to exhibit work in an alumni group show at the Olson Gallery, September-October 2019

Entry Specifications

  • All media in 2D and 3D forms will be considered.
    • 2D work may not exceed 84” in any direction
    • 3D work may not exceed 84”x84”x36”
  • Video/animation/time arts work may not exceed five minutes in run time
  • Important Dates and Deadlines
July 15 Entry forms due
August 1-3 Email notification of acceptance/rejection
August 7-17 Acceptance of shipped works
August 17, 10 a.m. -4p.m. Hand delivery of work
August 18, 10 a.m.-noon Hand delivery of work
September 4 Exhibition opens
September 20, 5-8 p.m. Reception
October 19 Exhibition closes

Jack Arends Hall 50th Anniversary All Alumni Open Exhibit and Mail Art Show
August 24 – October 19, 2018

Call for Entry link 

Eligibility

Open to all alumni of the NIU School of Art and Design (SoAD), also previously known as NIU School of Art and NIU Art Department.

Entry Specifications

One piece of artwork of media in 2D and 3D forms will be accepted. All work for the Mail Art Show must fit and be delivered inside a USPS Flat Rate Priority Box.

If you are hand delivering the art work for the open call show and picking up the work after the show closes, you are welcome to show work the fits the following size restriction.

  • 2D work may not exceed 84” in any direction
  • 3D work may not exceed 84”x84”x36”

All work must have been completed post 2015.

You may submit one entry for consideration. Entries must be submitted no later than July 21, 2018.

Important Dates and Deadlines

July 21 Entry forms due
August 1 Final postmark date for mailed work
August 17, 10 a.m. -4p.m. Hand delivery of work to Jack Olson Gallery
August 18, 10 a.m.-noon Hand delivery of work to Jack Olson Gallery
August 24 Exhibition opens
September 20, 5-8 p.m. Reception
October 19 Exhibition closes
Also coming to Jack Arends Hall

2018-2019 Elizabeth Allen Visiting Speakers in Art History Alumni Speakers

Monday, September 17, 2018
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
Thomas Russo, Associate Dean, International Programs; Professor, Art History, Drury University
“Defining Sacred Spaces: Sculpture in the Romanesque Church”

Tuesday, November 19, 2018
Alexandra Green, Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia, the British Museum, in conjunction with the symposium, “Looking Through The Glass: The Reverse Glass paintings Traditions in Southeast Asia and Beyond” (tentative title), organized by the Center for Burma Studies

Monday, February 4, 2019
Samuel Dodd, Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio University
All Eyes on Space: An Architectural History of Television

Wednesday, February 27
Freida High W. Tesfagiorgis, Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita of African and African American Art History and Visual Culture, University of Wisconsin Madison
“Serious Change: Toward A More Meaningful Diversified Artworld”

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Rhonda Taube, Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Art History, Riverside City College
“Xena Warrior Princess Meets Efraín Rios Montt: Contemporary Maya Dance and Pop Culture Imagery in Highland Guatemala”

Workshops Series featuring visiting Arts Educator Alumni:

Gerry James
Matt Etherington
Deyana Matt
Rick Stachon
Don Dvorak
Teresa McGee

Additional Celebrations at the NIU Art Museum

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

 

Visiting Artist Series featuring NIU Art Alumni

At Jack Arends Hall

Aaron Coleman Sept. 17-21, 2018 Drawing and Printmaking Demonstrations, Critiques, Production of Etching Edition
Lisa Kay TBD Meet with Art & Design Education Graduate and Undergraduate students
Christian Ortiz  Sept. 26, 2018 Public lecture in School of Art and presentation for Fiber classes
Valerie Wallace Nov. 12-16, 2018 Drawing and Printmaking Demonstrations, Critiques, Production of Print Edition
Paul Erschen Sept. 13, 2018 Graduate student studio visits, 1:30-4
Christine Woywod TBD  Meet with Art & Design Education Graduate and Undergraduate students
John Russick TBD
NIU dancers have arrived in Washington DC

NIU dancers have arrived in Washington DC

Eleven students from NIU’s dance program have arrived in Washington DC to perform in the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Arts this weekend.  The dancers qualified for NCDF with their performance of “ENUF,” an original piece choreographed by NIU School of Theatre and Dance Professor Paula Frasz, at the Central Conference of the American College Dance Association in Champaign, Ill., in March.

 

The dancers are:

Aiyana Cervantes, senior dance major
Taylor Cole, sophomore dance major
Laqes Davis, junior dance major
Amber Echols, senior dance major
Joshua Francique, sophomore dance major
Lance Gasher, sophomore dance major
Victoria Herrera, freshman dance major
Danielle Keyes, senior dance major
Jose Macias, senior double major in dance and psychology
Jordan Murphy, senior dance major
Abriana Willis, senior dance major

Performances will be held at the Kennedy Center in three sessions starting on Thursday, June 7.  For more information on the National College Dance Festival visit their website.