North Central College - Naperville, IL

Exhibit features works by winners of Naperville's Riverwalk Fine Art Fair

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A group show featuring works by three winners of the Naperville Art League’s annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair will be featured March 5 through April 9 at North Central College’s Schoenherr Art Gallery. “Vibrant Moods: Visions from Riverwalk Fine Art Fair Award-Winning Artists” features paintings by Pamela Hart of Naperville, Bob Koch of Naperville and Michael McKee of Wheaton. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Schoenherr Art Gallery at the Fine Arts Center is located at 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. 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 nclanhammmurray@noctrl.edu for more information. Hart was named Best Naperville Area Artist in 2007, Koch was honored as Best Naperville Area Artist in 2008 and McKee earned the First Place Award for Pastels in 2009 and 2008. All are Naperville Art League members. Hart is a Kansas native who studied at the Art Institute of Kansas City and earned a bachelor’s of science degree with a specialization in painting and a master’s degree in art education from Ball State University. She has exhibited her landscape oil paintings across the country and her work has been collected by members of past U.S. presidents' administrations, rock musicians and major corporations. “I try to evoke the feeling that the viewer could just walk right into my work,” Hart says. Visit www.hartsart.com for more information. Koch is a watercolor artist and architect who earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art in Chicago, among others. His work has been honored by the American Watercolor Society and other watercolor societies, and collections of his work have been exhibited at Wrather West Kentucky Museum at Murray State University and at Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, WI. McKee is an Ohio native who graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He has spent his professional life as a portrait artist, illustrator, graphic designer/art director and for 15 years as co-founder and creative director of Successories Inc. “Having accomplished all I wanted to in the commercial art world, it was time for me to embark on a new journey—the journey of an artist whose expressions are more personal and directed only from within,” McKee says. He has exhibited his abstract impressionist landscapes at art shows, galleries and art festivals around the country. Visit www.michaelmckeegallery.com for more information. 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 www.northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

02-10-2010