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North Central College exhibit showcases works by artist Charles A. Gick

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May 26, 2010—An exhibit at North Central College May 28 through June 18 showcases pieces by Charles A. Gick, an artist and professor who works in multiple art media.

The exhibit “The Sky is Falling, The Sky is Falling: A Natural History of the Painted Cloud” is free and open to the public and will be displayed in Schoenherr Art Gallery at the College’s Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

The artist will greet visitors during an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 28. The exhibit will be open 8 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and noon to midnight Sundays.

Gick is an associate professor of art in the Department of Art and Design in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., where he teaches painting, drawing and installation art. He holds a master of fine arts from Northwestern University and a bachelor of fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Gick is an interdisciplinary artist who combines video, performance, painting, photography and assemblage. He says the origins of painting are ancient and that its history is filled with questioning, confrontation, meditation, intellect, intuition, politics and spirituality.

“My current work focuses on humankind’s use of the poetics of art to confront, examine and repair our often tenuous, physical, intellectual and emotional relationships with nature,” he says. “My newest body of work is a series of cloud paintings presented in installation form. Informed by the human desire to mend, heal or fix what is damaged, this work is inspired by visual and physical phenomena.”

Works in the exhibit depict the replastering of a water-damaged wall, a gauze bandage placed over a cracking 16th century Renaissance painting, centuries-old plaster walls protected by thin veils of fabric, moldy and flaking frescoes, stained fabric set out to dry after a flood, a damaged roof repaired with rusty tin metal and other objects.

Learn more about the exhibit at Contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at 630-637-5375 or 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 or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).