This piece by artist Michael Rea is titled "Quid Pro Quo." It is part of the Northern Illinois University School of Art Faculty Biennial opening Tuesday at the NIU Art Museum. (Provided photo)

The Northern Illinois University Art Museum will host the NIU School of Art Faculty Biennial starting Tuesday through Feb. 15.

The NIU School of Art Faculty Biennial features new artwork and research by current full- and part-time faculty of the Northern Illinois University School of Art. Artists and scholars will be exhibiting works in a variety of media including: ceramics, design, drawing, illustration, metal work, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and visual communication; art historical research also will be on display. This exhibition provides an opportunity for NIU and the greater DeKalb and Sycamore community to discover or become reacquainted with the research, ideas and artwork of the NIU School of Art faculty members.

The 2013-2014 NIU School of Art Faculty Biennial will include the research and artwork of: Leif Allmendinger, Michael Barnes, Blaine Bradford, Karen Brown, Todd Buck, Juan Fernandez, Eric Fuertes, Billie Giese, Aleksandra Giza, Cynthia Hellyer-Heinz, Rebecca Houze, Kevin Hunter, Barbara Jaffee, James Kearns, Yih-Wen Kuo, Jessica LaBatte, Christine LoFaso, Li-Fen Lu, Kimberly Martens, Ashley Nason, Peter Olson, Jamie Obermeier, Mary Quinlan, Catherine Raymond, Michael Rea, Nina Rizzo, Charlotte Rollman, Kurt Schultz, Lee Sido, Richard Siegesmund, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Kryssi Staikidis, Ben Stone, Frank Trankina, Peter Van Ael, Shei-Chau Wang, Bart Woodstrup and David Willett. An extensive schedule of free public programming relating to the exhibition will be offered in January and February.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and a closing reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 12. The museum will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and from Dec. 19 through Jan. 6 for winter recess.

The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall at the northwest corner of College Avenue and Castle Drive. The galleries are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment for large groups and guided tours. Exhibitions are always free; donations are appreciated.

The exhibitions and programming of the NIU Art Museum are funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Friends of the NIU Art Museum, and the Dean’s Circle of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

For more information, visit www.niu.edu/artmuseum or call 815-753-1936.

By NIU School of Art Faculty Biennial: Nov. 19 through Feb. 15, NIU Art Museum, Altgeld Hall, College Avenue and Castle Drive, DeKalb. Opening reception: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 21, Closing reception: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 12. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Frida, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and Dec. 19 through Jan. 6 for winter recess. Information: www.niu.edu/artmuseum or 815-753-1936.

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