Founders Memorial Library Exhibits

February 2019

Image by Bre Anders

Challenging the Stigma: Mental Health and Wellness in College

Mental health and wellness are concerns for all people in direct and indirect ways. This exhibition seeks to provide insight into how mental health affects college students. Each of the artworks presented show ways NIU students challenge the stigma of mental health issues on campus.

Juried by Tara Wray

Tara Wray is a photographer, writer, and filmmaker based in rural Vermont. She is a regular contributor to Vice, BUST Magazine, and is photo editor of the literary journal Hobart. She created and curates Some Days Just Are, a collaborative photo series pairing together photographers from around the world to tell their stories simultaneously. Recently she launched the Too Tired Project, which aims to help those struggling with depression by offering a platform for collective creative expression.

Accompanying Events

February 7, 4:30 - 6pm: Opening Reception. Light refreshments provided.
February 20, 10am - 2pm: Beads of Hope Workshop
February 26, 5 - 7pm: Visiting Artists Presentations by Lisa Lindvay and Tara Wray followed by a round table discussion with the artists.

All events will be held on the first floor of the NIU Founders Memorial Library and are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Helping Huskies Thrive and Counseling and Consultation Services in collaboration with the School of Art and Design, Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education, and Founders Memorial Library.

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

“The Heart and Blood of Rare Books and Special Collections”

To celebrate National Blood Donor month in January, the American Heart month in February, and Valentines Day this exhibit contains items related in some way to the heart, love, blood, and blood-sucking vampires. There is also reference to donors in the display as most of these items were donated to the department.

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

Southeast Asia Collection exhibit - Fourth floor

“Discover Myanmar”

In conjunction with the symposium on Burmese reverse glass painting, the visit of the Ambassador of Myanmar to the US, Aung Lynn, and as part of International Education Week, the Southeast Asia collection has put together an exhibit about Myanmar.  It features books, and artifacts that focus on the history, politics, culture and art of Myanmar.  Included in this are some old and rare books from the rare books annex.  The exhibit also highlights NIU’s involvement with Myanmar through the Center for Burma Studies as well as workshops in two university libraries in Myanmar taught by Hao Phan.

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

Contact Us

Dean Fred Barnhart

Phone: (815) 753-1094

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