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Morgan M. Ford art exhibit illustrates social pressures facing women

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A North Central College exhibit of photographs by artist Morgan M. Ford explores issues facing women by examining the impact of advertising and societal pressures.

The exhibit “Ritualistic Beauty: The [Un]Nature of Cosmetics” is free and open to the public and will be exhibited June 19 through July 21 in the College’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St.
The exhibit features black and white photographs of women’s daily beauty routines. Ford painted wax on the pictures, then carved the wax with words from women’s magazines and ads. Ford uses the repetition of words to allude to the repetitive nature of these daily rituals.

The text “is difficult to read unless the viewer approaches the piece to investigate,” Ford says. “This signifies how the linguistics of advertising, often subconsciously, attempts to persuade women to buy these products. It is intended that the viewer will experience a sense of familiarity among the images of women practicing beauty rituals through the use of the products depicted and the advertising text that is repeated.”

Ford is a South Carolina native who teaches photography at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Ind. She holds a master of arts in photography from Texas Woman’s University and a bachelor of arts in studio art from the University of South Carolina.

She has been honored with a New Works Photography Award, was a featured monthly artist on and a semifinalist for an Adobe Design Achievement Award. Her work has been displayed nationally in 12 exhibitions in the past year. Visit to learn more.

During the summer, Oesterle Library Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. Contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at 630-637-5375 or to learn more.

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).