North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student showcases his photographs in solo exhibit, "Toes"

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North Central College junior Timothy Whitney will present a series of digital photographs in a solo exhibit titled "Toes." His work explores the peculiarities of peoples' toes.

The free exhibit runs April 4 through May 6 at the College's Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St., Naperville. Whitney will greet visitors during a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 7.

Whitney notes that insecurities about minuscule imperfections of an individual's toes are commonplace in modern society. His exhibit exposes and exploits these insecurities, then rectifies them through beautification. The series of digital photographs abstracts five peoples' toes and strips them of their identity.

Whitney says, "This process intends to have the viewer evaluate the similarities between the deformities, oddities and peculiarities of the photographed toes with their own. Hopefully, ‘Toes' minimizes peoples' personal anxiety through the simple beauty in the photographs and, ultimately, helps them realize that toes are a source of stability."

"Toes" was inspired by the baroque artists who focused on the realism of everyday affairs, instead of seeking to aspire to a perfectionist state.

A resident of Westminster, Colo., Whitney is a junior and carries a double major in studio art and mathematics and a double minor in art history and history of ideas. He's a College Scholar, North Central's honors program for top students, and first started looking through the viewfinder four years ago.

Oesterle Library Gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays 8 a.m. to midnight, Fridays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays noon to midnight.

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).