North Central College - Naperville, IL

Artist Heather Freeman's "Personal Demons" featured in exhibit

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Heather Freeman’s multimedia exhibit “Personal Demons” will be displayed Aug. 27 through Sept. 26 in North Central College’s Schoenherr Art Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Freeman is a professor of digital media at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte, where she teaches digital print, animation, video, installation and drawing.

The images in “Personal Demons” combine human and animal forms through the use of print, drawing, painting, photography and other media. Her works explore the language and symbolic forms of science and where those intersect with mythic, religious and popular iconography.

“As a child, I loved science, but Western science’s tendency to dismiss anything that threatened standing theories bothered me,” she says. “I believe science has merged with popular culture to become a covertly ‘universal’ religion. This is the unacknowledged religion of the ‘truth’ we seek on television, in the movies, in comic books and video games. I am particularly interested in ways we import these very public and secular languages and symbols into the very private languages of family, friendships and spirituality.”

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Freeman received her undergraduate degree in fine arts and German Studies from Oberlin College. She studied in the master of fine arts program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University at New Brunswick, N.J., concentrating in installation art. After a brief flirtation with advertising, Freeman taught at Allegheny College and Youngstown State University.

She worked at the University of Kentucky as assistant professor of new media in the College of Fine Arts and at Clemson University as assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Her work is regularly exhibited nationally and has appeared in international exhibitions in Canada, China, Cuba, Germany, Hungary, Sweden and Thailand. Visit to learn more about the artist.

The exhibit will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and one hour before most performances in the Fine Arts Center. Contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at 630-637-5375 or to learn more about the exhibit.

The exhibit is among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. 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).

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