Earlier this year, two students from Northern Illinois University were featured at an art show devoted to African-American art at the Museum of Science and Industry. The show is one of the longest running in the nation.

Both NIU students were accepted to present art that depicts what every day African-Americans go through on a daily basis. One piece is titled “Crossing the Rubicon.” The artist says it depicts the injustices prevalent in the African-American community, particularly Chicago.

The other piece of art was started off as a portrait but then transformed into an homage to the artist’s sister. It touched in on the spirituality of her sister. It also allowed the observer to interpret it in their own way about spirituality.

Both are art majors at Northern Illinois University and show pride in their home communities and also their community at Northern Illinois.

The annual art show is called the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition. It was hosted at the Museum of Science and Industry from January 16 to February 19. It has been running since 1970 and features various media, ranging from paintings and drawings to mixed-media and photography.

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