NIU Art Museum highlights Burmese art, reboots 2015 exhibit


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A photo of the East Lagoon and Altgeld Hall in the distance.

DeKALB – This week the NIU Art Museum will reveal exhibits meant to be love letters to the passions of collecting art.

Two new exhibits are set to open March 30 at the NIU Art Museum at Altgeld Hall. Before the exhibits open, a public reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 29 with informal gallery talks by both exhibit curators set at 6 p.m.

“Local Visions II,” with curators Peter Olson and Michael Bennett, is a sequel to the first Local Visions exhibit held in 2015. Local Visions II contains artwork from local collectors highlighting the collectors’ history and passion in obtaining these pieces to enrich their lives.

“Americans in Burma: The Art of Collecting” contains a collection of objects donated by Americans to the Burma Art Collection at NIU curated by Catherine Raymond. Objects are meant to represent the history of Burmese artwork created by various Americans as they traveled abroad in Burma in the past century and their love of the culture.

The suite for exhibitions is set to view from March 30 to May 13.

For more information on gallery hours, setting appointments for group tours and other upcoming events, visit the NIU Art Museum’s website. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.