Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Transparency Exhibition Suite
November 15 - February 15, 2019 (closed university holidays)

Transparent Factors in Form and Content
Rotunda and South Galleries

Transparent Factors presents literal and figurative interpretations and investigations along the spectrum of transparency, translucency and opacity. Artists in the exhibition explore the capacity of “transparent” mediums like air, water, light and glass to clarify and reveal, or to obscure and distort (sometimes simultaneously). Some artists see visual phenomena as metaphors for the openness, disclosure and accessibility (or lack thereof) in practices of wielding authority, making decisions or disseminating information.

Work for Transparent Factors was selected by invitation, national call for entries, and from the NIU Art Museum Collections. Reviewed and initially selected by the NIU Art Museum Exhibition Advisory Committee. Final curation, selection of pieces and installation layout developed by Peter B. Olson, Assistant Director, Curator and Collections Manager, NIU Art Museum.

Artists include: Tom Burtonwood, Caleb Cole, Nicole Czapinski, Nancy Fewkes, Carrie Fonder, Shawna Gibbs, Gibson + Recoder, Thomas Gondek, Maki Hajikano, Karen Hillier, Suda House, Ernest Jolicouer, Nicole Lenzi, Stephanie McMahon, Christopher McNulty, Jeroen Nelemans, Robert Rauschenberg, Thomas Skomski, Vanessa Viruet, Andy Warhol and Katie Waugh.


Vanishing Art from Myanmar:
The Buddhist Reverse Glass Painting Tradition
North and Hallcase Galleries

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.

Image right: Nat U Min Kyaw (Lord Gambler) from Pakhan Kyi and his Companion Mr. Brown.
Artist Soe Aung (Syriam, Myanmar); Late 20th century, Burma/Myanmar; Glass, enamel paint, metallic foil; (19.25" x 15.25 in.). Burma Art Collection. BC2017.01.18.


Nat U Min Kyaw (Lord Gambler) from Pakhan Kyi and his Companion Mr. Brown. Artist Soe Aung (Syriam, Myanmar)

Ambrotypes: Photographs on Glass
Hallcase Gallery

Explores the original, unique photographic images produced on glass plates during the 19th century.

The ambrotypes on view here are examples of a short-lived photographic process widely popular by the 1860s, but by the end of the American Civil War they were replaced by the tintype and later paper photographs. Ambrotypes offered a simpler development process using less expensive glass plates that were easier to produce with faster processing times which effectively made studio portraits much more affordable.

Ambrotype installation

Spring 2019

Data: BIG/-driven/Visualized…
March 28 - May 17, 2019

This exhibition delves into the array of manner in which data surrounds us, impacts us and is interpreted. BIG/-driven/Visualized… explores the data in our lives.

Guest Curator: Richard Siegesmund is Professor of Art and Design Education in the School of Art and Design at Northern Illinois University. He has an interest in both quantitative and qualitative research, and the design of data reports that promote thoughtful public reflection and discussion.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Northern Public Radio.


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