Campus Notebook

‘Aspects of War’ opens Aug. 27 at NIU Art Museum

Installation view of Eric J. Garcia’s War Nest in Operation Mom’s Couch at the National Veterans Art Museum, 2016.
Installation view of Eric J. Garcia’s War Nest in Operation Mom’s Couch at the National Veterans Art Museum, 2016.

DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University Art Museum’s exhibition, "Exploring Aspects of War In and Through the Visual Arts," tackles the complex relationship of art in the depiction of war.

The exhibition opens Tuesday, Aug. 27, and continues on view through Oct. 18. Visitors are invited to a public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 with Informal Artists’ Gallery Talks beginning at 6:30 p.m. launching a programming series expanding on the exhibition’s themes. Check the NIU Art Museum’s website for the latest calendar of events at

The visual arts have served in all cultures and periods to document, motivate, memorialize, facilitate healing, critique and protest military action. "Exploring Aspects of War in and Through the Visual Arts" considers views on war and military conflict from the perspective of the homefront, the battlefield and back home again.

Works on view in the exhibition range from contemporary installation sculptures and documentary photographs to historic 17th century prints and cover a wide scope of perspectives including veteran self-expression, art therapy, patriotism, protest, and shifting social and political views.

Guided by input from the Exhibition Advisory Committee, Art Museum staff curated this exhibition from artwork entered in a public call for entry, invited artists, works borrowed from other institutions and private collections, as well as the NIU Art Museum collection.

Artwork and objects for the "Aspects of War" exhibition are on loan from the exhibiting artists; the DeKalb County History Center, Sycamore; Elgin Historical Society; Rockford Art Museum; St. Charles History Museum; Midway Village Museum, Rockford; the National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago; Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston; private collectors and the NIU Art Museum Collection.

The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall, at the corner of College Avenue and Castle Drives on NIU's main campus in DeKalb. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Parking is available in the Visitor Pay Lot located at 200 Carroll Ave. Limited metered and accessible parking spaces are available in front of Lowden Hall with accessible aisles and route to Altgeld. Campus parking is free on weekends and after 5 p.m. weeknights.

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