"Making Our History - Artists Render Lincoln's Legacies" Exhibition

This exhibition was produced by University of Illinois Springfield director of visual arts and professor of graphic design Brytton Bjorngaard, and Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies Graham A. Peck.

Twenty Illinois artists in a virtual residency created paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, virtual reality, conceptual and video artwork. The artwork showcases the many sides to Lincoln that permeate our perception of the former president through each artists’ interpretation of Lincoln’s legacies: the frontier Lincoln, the family man, the politician, the military chieftain, the emancipator, the icon, the saint, the pop culture figure and cultural artifact, the Land of Lincoln and Lincoln’s still resounding political legacy.

Also on display in the hall case gallery is "Lincoln Highway: The Main Street Across America," curated by the Art Museum's program assistant Shelby Edelmann. This exhibition discusses the history of the creation of the Lincoln Highway, how it shaped cross-country travel in the United States and the roots of the Lincoln Highway here in DeKalb County. 

Friday, April 12

More dates through May 11, 2024

NIU Art Museum, Art Museum Galleries
Altgeld Hall First Floor, 595 College Ave. DeKalb, IL 60115

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