Founders Memorial Library Exhibits

October 2018

Image courtesy of Zeinab Saab

Main Exhibit: Al-Kitab. Founders Memorial Gallery

NIU Libraries is pleased to present a solo art exhibition of handmade books by Zeinab Saab, third-year MFA candidate in printmaking at NIU's School of Art and Design.  

The terminology used within bookmaking and its ties to the body is a relationship that has been the central focus within Saab’s current practice. Like books, the body has a beginning and an end, and with the use of Arabic script, the artist ties the work back to specific points within Islamic history, practice, and philosophies. More specifically, the Qur’an’s views on the creation of the body, the return of the body to the dirt, and descriptions of the afterlife are the paths that navigate the work. 

Utilizing Islamic script as the source of inspiration ties it all back to Saab’s upbringing, and how her family brought their practice of Islam, both culturally and spiritually on foreign soil. Understanding today that their history is shrouded beneath layers of soil mixed with the rubble of the past, her job is to make sure their stories and spiritual way of life are preserved in some fashion, and their history isn’t lost in translation.

Join us for an Opening Reception on Thursday, October 4, 4:30-6pm. Light refreshments will be served. No registration necessary.

Contact person: Larissa Garcia,, (815) 753-4822.

Regional History Center exhibit – Fourth floor

Reading Room cases: “Homecoming: 111 Years Strong”

The exhibit focuses on the history of homecoming at Northern and highlights items from the University Archives, including school pennants, buttons, yearbooks, photographs, football programs, sports memorabilia, and more.

Rare Books and Special Collections exhibit - Fourth floor

“Comic Book Highlights”

Comic Book Highlights continue with three themes: The first theme is DC vs. MARVEL comics. On display are separate DC and Marvel comics, as well as ACTUAL DC vs. MARVEL editions. The second theme is Archie comics with separate Jughead & Archie editions and Betty & Veronica editions. The third theme is "She needed a hero. So that's what she became!" - the women of superhero comics.

Contact person: Angie Schroeder,, (815) 753-8091.

Rare Books and Special Collections exhibit - Fourth floor hall cases

“Holy history, Batman!”

The exhibit highlights selections from the Comic Book Collection since the Golden Age (c. 1938-). The display will be through the month of October.

Contact person: Sarah Cain,, (815) 753-0255.

Southeast Asia Collection exhibit - Fourth floor

“Greetings from Southeast Asia”

Just in time for summer the Southeast Asia collection is highlighting the beauty of several Southeast Asian countries.  From the beaches of Bali, to the temples of Thailand and the streets of Singapore, books, photos and artifacts showcase the beauty and exuberance of the region.  The exhibit aims to encourage tourism in Southeast Asia and will be up through the summer.

Contact person: Joanna Kulma,, (815) 753-1819.

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Phone: (815) 753-1094

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