Message from the Dean
Welcome to the website of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University. With a nationally distinguished faculty and a committed staff to focus on engaging approximately 1600 majors in Art, Music, Theatre and Dance, the College of Visual and Performing Arts is one of the most vibrant and rich academic artistic communities in the nation. Faculty, students, and alumni contribute at all levels to the cultural landscape of the Chicago metropolitan region, the nation, and the world.
Alumni such as Tony Award-winning actress Joan Allen, the world-renowned Shanghai String Quartet, and artist Joseph Seigenthaler, whose work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, provide daily evidence of the impact of the College. In addition to the many outstanding accomplishments of our performance-based alumni, the College is proud to be the primary source for public school teachers in the arts in Northern Illinois.
The School of Art is the first choice for undergraduate art majors in Illinois. Its Graduate Program in Art Education is ranked in the Top 5 in size and scope.
The School of Music houses the premiere graduate string quartet training program in the nation, and its ensembles have a long record of "best" awards in national competition from Down Beat Magazine. Its graduate program in Jazz Studies is ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
The School of Theatre and Dance has one of only three academically-based Meisner training programs available nationally. Through SummerNITE, its resident professional company, the School is a member of the elite University Resident Theatre Association.
The Community School of the Arts, part of the College's Office of External Programs, is one of the region's primary sources of continuing education in the arts, serving nearly 800 people representing more than 30 communities in northern Illinois annually.
The NIU Art Museum provides programming and exhibitions to serve the artistic and educational needs of the region. Its programs are featured in our recently remodeled Altgeld Hall Galleries as well as throughout the campus and community.
I hope you will take some time to explore all that we have to offer. The College of Visual and Performing Arts welcomes your comments and questions.
Richard Holly, Dean