NIU artists travel different paths to greatness
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NIU artists travel different paths to greatness

A pair of art majors from Northern Illinois University are featured in the 2017 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry , Chicago. The show is the nation’s longest running, and one of the most prestigious, art exhibitions devoted to African-American art, and accepts only about 100 pieces each year. While the two students, Jamiah Calvin and Kianna Davis, share in common great talent and a passion for art, they have traveled very different paths to the NIU School of Art and Design . At age 35, Calvin has been actively studying and producing serious art for only two years, while Davis, 22, has known since her freshman year in high school that she wanted to pursue a career as an artist. Calvin found his calling when he enrolled in business classes at Kiswhaukee College. He enrolled in an art class to fulfill an elective requirement because he had always enjoyed drawing. The teacher immediately saw promise in his work and he quickly shifted his focus. “From Day 1 of class there has been no looking back,” he says. Crossing the Rubicon, by NIU Art major Jemiah Calvin. (Image courtesy of the 2017 Black […]

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