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Art exhibit features works of two North Central College students

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Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307, Oct. 1, 2010—Art works by two North Central College students will be featured in a free exhibit during October. The show, “Commonplace” will be exhibited Oct. 1-31 in North Central College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Students Megan Brooks of Aurora and Katie Hannan of Rockford took inspiration from regular encounters to create extraordinary art. The students’ works include painting, drawing, printmaking, digital photography, ceramics and sculpture. “The artwork in this show revolves around places that have played a significant role in our lives,” Brooks and Hannan said in an artists’ statement about the show. “From a grocery store in Paw Paw, Ill. to a ranch in Arizona, our surroundings have inspired us as artists. Though our various locations seem common, our work seeks to glorify them and reflect their importance in our lives.” Brooks received a B.A. in communications from Northern Illinois University. She is in her final year of studies toward obtaining teaching certification at North Central College. She was raised in Aurora and lived in Arizona for a short time following her graduation from NIU. Hannan is pursuing studies in accounting and art at North Central. She was raised in Rockford and spent a lot of time working at her parents’ small grocery stores in Paw Paw and Franklin Grove. The Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Contact Christine Rabenold, assistant professor of art, at 630-637-5543 or for more information about the exhibit. Art students at North Central College learn traditional and contemporary media; engage in analytical, critical and abstract thinking; and learn to communicate ideas visually. Students attend gallery and museum openings and exhibits in Naperville and Chicago, meet visiting artists, enter juried exhibitions and gain an academic foundation for graduate study in studio art, art education, art history, art therapy, arts administration, art criticism, and visual communications. Click here to learn more about North Central’s art program. This exhibit is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).