NIU museums honored with state awards

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University was honored with several awards by the Illinois Association of Museums at its annual conference. The non-competitive awards acknowledged a variety of educational programming, exhibits, promotional material, and special projects. The competitive awards honored excellence and dedication in the field including volunteers, professionals, and institutions.

The Jack Olson Gallery of the NIU School of Art won an Award of Merit for the exhibition “Tagged: Exploring Modern Graffiti.” The NIU Art Museum received an Award of Excellence for two exhibitions: “Vice and Virtue,” curated by Peter Olson, and “Mapping: Measuring Across Place and Period...,” organized by graduate students in the exhibition and interpretation class taught by Jack Olson Gallery Director Peter Van Ael.

The NIU Anthropology Museum won the Superior Achievement Award for its student-produced exhibition, “Trowels & Fair Trade: Revealing the Underground Railroad and Contemporary Slavery,” curated by Ashlee Craig and Kweku Williams.

The Illinois Association of Museums is a statewide association of cultural organizations that includes art and history museums, arboreta, nature centers, zoos and aquariums, and planetariums.

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