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"Figurative Prints" by artist Will Barnet exhibited at North Central

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Oct. 11, 2010—North Central College will host an exhibit featuring paintings, drawings and print works by world-renowned artist Will Barnet Nov. 12 through Jan. 13.

“Will Barnet: Figurative Prints” is free and open to the public in Schoenherr Art Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

Born in 1911, Barnet knew by age 10 that he wanted to be an artist. Barnet's works, while remaining universal, reference his own personal history complete with images of his wife, his daughter and their family pets.

Barnet has had one of the longest and most distinguished careers in the history of American art. His exceptional body of paintings and drawings and his original style are recognized around the world. His work has entered virtually every major museum in the United States, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is represented in the collections of The British Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and The Vatican Museum. The marks the first time an Illinois college or university has hosted an exhibit of Barnet’s works.

There have been innumerable critical studies of his works in books, catalogues and magazine articles. A devoted printmaker and with a technical expertise encompassing lithograph, woodcut, serigraph and intaglio, Barnet has treated printmaking as a serious undertaking in its own right. As early as 1934 he became the official printer for the Arts Students League in New York where he had printed for the Mexican muralist, Jose Clemente Orozco, and taught and influenced several generations of artists.

Barnet is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in London.

“The figurative prints featured in this exhibition represent three decades of my work, from 1970 to 2000,” Barnet says. “The coherent artistic development and the technical relationship between my painting and printmaking are most apparent in these years. The imagery in this group of prints takes us from domestic intimacy to private reflection to transcendent landscapes, yet all are united by the ongoing exploration of line, form, tone and expression.”

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12. The exhibit is underwritten by J.P. Morgan, a leader in financial services and supporter of the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, one of the world’s largest and oldest corporate art collections.

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 to learn more about the exhibit.

The 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).