NIU’s Master in Fine Arts program will be hosting its Fall 2020 Sleight of Hand Art Exhibition. It starts Tuesday and goes through Nov. 17 in Gallery 215, 215 N. 4th St., according to NIU’s event calendar website.
The M.F.A has six different types of artists participating in this fall’s exhibition based on the work of first year graduate students, “with a multitude of different media from fiber to print to cad-work to painting and drawing,” student artist Lisa Dienst-Thomas said.
“I have two pieces of jewelry that I created on a computerated design program,” Deinst-Thomas said.
Deinst-Thomas also explained that she is part of the metal work and digital fabrication program. And with everything being online this semester she has been focusing on her digital fabrication components.
Another artist featured in the exhibit is Melissa Zilic and she has a crocheted collar, an art book that’s hand bound, a couple of drawings and a couple of dyed pieces of silk, Zilic said.
“We are allowing six people in the gallery at a time,” Zilic said. “Everyone needs to wear masks. It’s a Northern Illinois University building so we’re following the mask policy and the protocols.”
For anyone who is interested in attending the event, it is done by appointments only because of the current quarantine, Deinst-Thomas said, and she’s the person to email at Z1863023@students.niu.edu. The email should include which day of the exhibition and the time you would like to visit, she said.
“We have risen to this challenge of making magic, which is where we kinda came up with the title of our show,” Deinst-Thomas said.
This means it is all about how to do this show during the pandemic, because it’s a little different from doing it at any other time, Zilic said. Putting the show together was almost like a magic trick because people don’t get to see how a show is usually done, between limiting the number of people and not having a typical opening with food, Zilic said.