North Central College - Naperville, IL

Skurkis decorates sculpture for garden exhibit

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"Spring Ahead"

Barry Skurkis, associate professor of art, is one of three dozen artists showcasing their art in an exhibit titled “In Bloom” at the gardens and fountains at Oakbrook Center. Some 30 fiberglass sculptures and 11 fine art sculptures decorated by artists or artist groups will be on display through Sept. 20 as part of a good cause and fundraising effort. Of the three blank fiberglass forms—a frog leaping from a lily pad, a morning glory-shaped bench and a hibiscus-inspired birdbath—Skurkis chose to decorate the bench sculpture, which is sponsored by United Auto Insurance Company. Titled “Spring Ahead,” his piece places butterflies, bumblebees, ladybugs and other charmers in motion along a trailing morning glory.

A member of North Central’s faculty since 1982, Skurkis holds an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame and is a former president of the Chicago Society of Artists.

After the “In Bloom” exhibit closes, the pieces will be sold at auction on Sept. 24 to benefit HCS Family Services, which helps people achieve self-sufficiency through personalized guidance and support, education and career development, family strengthening and practical support for immediate needs.