Art exhibit has ‘Midwest Roots’

DeKALB – “Midwest Roots,” a group art exhibition by artists, will be on display at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb, from Nov. 15 until Jan. 6. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

All of the artists in this exhibition are originally from the Midwest, and most of them had connections and experiences through Northern Illinois University or DeKalb while they sought opportunities in the fine arts. Most of the artists still live in the DeKalb area.

The artists’ backgrounds and talents are diverse. All have been recognized for their work locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. The artists in this exhibition have had their work collected by art lovers, private investors, colleges, universities and corporations. Their biographies, artist statements and art can be viewed online at

The exhibiting artists are Renie Adams, Carmen Armstrong, Gil Beamsley, Dorothea Bilder, Bob Bornhuetter, Eileen Bosic, James Cecchetti, Jim Dester, Daniel Grych, Bill Haendel, Louis Mustari, Brian Reis, Monica Remaley, Joan Robertson, Letitia Roller, Linda Thornton Peterson, Tamara Shriver, George Turner, David Wennemar, Gene Westerberg and Mary Yankovich-Ahlgren. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, three books will be featured at the gallery. “A Sense Sublime” is by Richard Quinney, professor emeritus at the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-Criminal Psychology. His book features more than 60 photographs of DeKalb and DeKalb County. “Hey Kid!” is by Danny Dillman, professor emeritus at the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-Geography. It is a story of his experiences as a teenager working for the Detroit Tigers visiting baseball teams. “Catato,” by Renie Adams, professor emeritus at the NIU School of Art-Fiber, is beautifully illustrated with computer manipulations, the punch for a humorous narration mixing vegetables with animals.

The Art Box is open 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on major holidays.

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