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Artwork by North Central College student showcased during February exhibit

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Feb. 3, 2012—Artwork by North Central College senior Jacqueline Roller of Naperville is showcased during a February exhibit.

The free exhibit, “Personal Definitions,” opened Feb. 1 and is on display through Feb. 29 in North Central’s Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Roller will greet visitors during a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Roller’s exhibit includes ceramics and photography and is based on “the natural beauty of the earth and the ocean.” Through the art on display, Roller intends to translate an evolutionary process and “a never-ending expression” of self-definition.

A graduate of Naperville Central High School, Roller is majoring in studio art and psychology at North Central College. She has served as president of North Central’s ceramics club—SLIP (Students Lost in Pottery)—and has competed on the Cardinals’ women’s swimming team. Her work has been displayed in nine previous student art shows, including a solo exhibition at the Naperville Art League to raise money to study abroad in Greece. Through the College’s Office of International Programs, Roller studied art history in Athens, Greece, during fall 2011.

After graduating in June, Roller plans to return to Greece for two years to travel and gain inspiration before applying to a graduate program in ceramics. She intends to pursue a doctoral degree in art therapy to assist children with special needs and adolescents with drug addictions. She eventually wants to open a studio where the community can learn more about the benefits of self-expression, and where her work can be exhibited.

“Personal Definitions” will be open 8 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to midnight 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.