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Meet Exhibition Artists on April 3

March 28th, 2014

Celeste Rapone’s “Pie Contest,” oil on canvas

The Northern Illinois University Art Museum is hosting a reception for the exhibitions “Hoarding, Amassing and Excess” and “Looting, Hoarding, Collecting…” from 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 3.

Several exhibiting artists from “Hoarding, Amassing and Excess” will be around during the reception to give informal gallery talks about their work, and a performance will be presented in the South Galleries by artist Robert Reed. NIU Museum Studies graduate-student curators of “Looting, Hoarding, Collecting…” will also be available to discuss the content of their exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

In addition, visiting-artist lectures will be presented during the exhibition as part of the museum’s programming. J. Thomas Pallas will present his lecture, “The Institute for Encyclopedic Amalgamation,” from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Altgeld Hall, Room 315; Celeste Rapone will give a lecture from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Visual Arts Building, Room 103; and Jacklyn Mednicov will work on her project, “Sewing Up Loose Ends,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Rotunda Gallery of the Art Museum.

In connection with the “Hoarding, Amassing and Excess” exhibition, NIU sociology associate professor Diane Rodgers will present a lecture titled “The Social Spaces of Hoarding” from 5 to 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in Altgeld Hall, Room 315. Rodgers will illustrate how culture plays a role in what is typically viewed as a psychological disorder. She maintains that hoarding is not a universal mental condition and offers an alternative explanation. Come see this multimedia presentation that reframes common perceptions of hoarding.

As a foil for the sociological perspective, Arielle P. Rogers, an NIU graduate student in the Department of Psychology, will present a lecture on “Psychological Aspects of Hoarding: Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Factors that Contribute to Excessive Saving and Aquiring.” Rogers will discuss her theories on psychological causation by outlining behavioral issues and genetic factors. This lecture will be held from 5 to 5:50 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Altgeld Hall, Room 315.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall, on campus. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Group tours are arranged by appointment. More information about exhibitions and programming is available at