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Impressions of Amazon River by artist Bob Nugent exhibited Jan. 21 through Feb. 15

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Nov. 16, 2010—North Central College will host an exhibit featuring paintings and drawings captured by artist Bob Nugent during repeated trips to the Amazon River Basin.

“In Its Flow: New Paintings and Drawings of Amazonia” will be displayed Jan. 21 through Feb. 15 in the College’s Schoenherr Art Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The artist will greet visitors during an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28.

Nugent first became interested in the Indians and rain forests of South America in the summer of 1984 during a trip to São Paulo, Brazil to see an artist friend. Over the past 26 years he has made repeated sojourns to South America and in particular the Amazon Basin. Returning to Brazil now three to four times a year, he continues his research and study of the flora and fauna of the Amazon region as well as other parts of the country. But it is the vital layer, as Nugent calls it, which interests him the most.

As Donald Kuspit, New York art critic, wrote in his description of Nugent’s work, “The vital layer, the layer of earth that supports life, that is the real theme of Nugent’s works.” This generative layer exists below “the earth’s crust, where our feet touch the ground,” as Nugent says. Nugent’s art is a meditation on this layer, “where seeds, roots, plants, start to gestate.” Nugent’s art is a reminder that unless man’s inhumanity to nature stops—unless we make a deliberate effort to preserve the vital layer, man will self-destruct.”

Nugent, of Santa Rosa, Calif., received a master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1971. He has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships including a Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, NEA Fellowship, Fulbright Travel Grant and a California Arts Council Grant for his work in Brazil.

In 2005, after 34 years of teaching painting and drawing at the college level, Nugent retired from Sonoma State University. The following year he was elected to professor emeritus in painting and drawing at Sonoma. He has had more than 100 solo exhibitions and has been included in more than 600 group exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Visit to learn more about the artist.

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. 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.

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.

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).