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Exhibit features artwork by three North Central College students through April 30

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Artwork by three North Central College students is featured in the exhibit “No Common Cense” through April 30.

The exhibit is free, open to the public and on display in the Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Students Jessica Brewster, Robin Gadient and Giuseppe Pellicano will greet visitors during an artists’ reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 13; complimentary refreshments will be served.
The exhibit opened April 4 and features ceramics, sculpture and mixed media. The three artists explore different themes about the environment, politics and beauty but find a common dialogue through the friendships they made while working in the art department at North Central College. 
Pellicano, a senior from Naperville majoring in studio art, served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2005 and was stationed in California, Germany and Kosovo. After graduating from North Central in June, he plans to open an art gallery, pursue graduate studies and teach art classes to military families stationed overseas. Pellicano has exhibited his work at various shows and galleries, including Chicago’s Prak-sis Gallery and Jackson Junge Gallery. He recently presented his work “War Pigs” at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. His current work commemorates soldiers who lost their lives during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Gadient, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, is majoring in studio art with minors in art history and environmental studies. Gadient has worked at the campus library for three years, studied abroad in Greece during the fall term of her senior year and is vice president of SLIP (Students Lost in Pottery) club. The inspiration behind her works comes from a variety of sources, including nature, literature, the natural world and its inhabitants, and her home state of Iowa. Working mostly in 3D with ceramics, wood and corn, her works for the “No Common Cense” exhibition highlight repetition and pattern, celebrate beauty found in nature and critique the relationships found between humans and the environment.

Brewster, a senior from Sleepy Hollow, Ill., is majoring in studio art with minors in English and dance. While at North Central her artwork has been featured in the show “Solving Art + Math” at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora and at the 14th and 15th annual Rall Symposiums for Undergraduate Research. Using ceramics as her medium of choice, she is inspired by the beauty that can be found in the most unexpected of places and works to critique common conceptions of beauty. She hopes to make others aware of these surprising splendors in a way that makes them feel acknowledged when they are feeling similarly overlooked.

Christine Rabenold, assistant professor of art, is faculty advisor for the exhibit. 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. For more information about the exhibit, contact Rabenold at 630-637-5543 or

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 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).