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Artwork of three North Central College students featured in exhibit through March 28

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Feb. 28, 2012—Artwork of three North Central College students is showcased in an exhibit through March 28.

Titled “Nuances of Texture,” the free exhibit will be on display in North Central College’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St. The artists will greet visitors during an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The exhibit opened Feb. 24.

“The exhibition will showcase artwork that explores the multiple applications of texture in painting and sculpture,” says Christine Rabenold, assistant professor of art and student art gallery director. “The artists are inspired by observing the natural world and referencing the textural qualities in their artwork.”

Tamatha Francis, a junior from Plainfield, works in mixed media, including wood boards, canvas and drywall. Through the art, she says she intends to show the reactions of different media on select surfaces. By showcasing art made with different techniques, she intends for each work to show “surface depth while provoking intuitive reactions.” Francis is majoring in art education. After graduating, she would like to teach art at schools while continuing to create her own artwork.

Kathleen Pauley, a senior from North Aurora, presents works that allow “viewers to experience a place or subject up close by creating work that is familiar yet unusual.” She began painting after transferring to North Central and has experimented with adding a three-dimensional look to her paintings through textures. She is majoring in studio art. Upon graduation, Pauley would like to earn a graduate degree in library science to instill the importance of creativity and reading to children as a youth librarian.  

Samantha Rapp, a junior from Hinsdale, displays her work with textures that “imply the haptic qualities of places and items.” At North Central she has taken classes that focus on different media, which have introduced her to the various textures they create. She draws inspiration from natural environments, particularly from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and the Smokey Mountains. Rapp is majoring in art education and hopes to earn a graduate degree in studio art.

“Nuances of Texture” is 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. Visit for details.

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.