North Central College - Naperville, IL

Artwork by North Central College student on display during October

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"Metropolitan Chaos" art exhibit
"Metropolitan Chaos" art exhibit

North Central College will showcase the artwork of senior student-artist Mark Burns during a monthlong exhibit, Oct. 3-31.

Titled “Metropolitan Chaos,” the free exhibit will be on display in North Central’s Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Burns will greet visitors during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Burns, of Downers Grove, will exhibit paintings and drawings based on his experiences and exploration of the urban environment. Through the art on display, Burns intends to present “visually stimulating reflections of reality and imagination” and provide “an opportunity for people to cross the boundaries of the real world and step into another.” The primary media used in the exhibit include acrylics and watercolor.

A graduate of Willowbrook High School, Burns is majoring in studio art and minoring in business administration at North Central College. He is the founder of Metropolitan Chaos, an artist group aimed at developing a creative platform to help artists of all kinds as well as nonartists expand their creativity and reach out to a broadening audience. He has also displayed artwork in many locations around the Chicagoland area, including Fitz’s Spare Keys, the Art Gallery at Paramount Theatre and the Hard Rock Café.

“Metropolitan Chaos” will be open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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. Visit to learn more about North Central’s art program.

This 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).

Founded in 1861 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois—rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live”—North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes.