IUN is located on a graceful manicured campus just off of I 80/94 in Gary, Indiana - approximately thirty-five minutes by car from downtown Chicago. This gives our students and faculty easy access to one of the country's great art centers in addition to world-class museums. This close proximity to Chicago manifests itself in many ways throughout our program. From the class trips to Chicago museums to the faculty we attract to our campus, IUN benefits from being close to Chicago, while keeping the openness and ease of a freestanding campus.
The faculty at IU Northwest are an impressive group of artists and scholars actively engaged in their creative work and renowned in their fields. Faculty accomplishments include high level public commissions and acquisitions to the permanent collections of some of the most prestigious museums, such as: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Photography and many others. Our faculty have exhibited widely across the US and in Europe and Asia in addition to being active members of the Chicago arts community.
In addition to being accomplished artists, IUN’s faculty are committed teachers with a long history of working closely with students, helping them to grow their general knowledge, studio work, and individual visions. Students work directly with their individual instructors, exploring new concepts and techniques in an energetic and collaborative environment. As a student-centered institution, IU Northwest is committed to putting students first.