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Texas artist's innovative hand-sewn books featured in new exhibit

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307,

June 11, 2010—A Texas artist who creates hand-sewn books as an innovative medium to express her art will be featured in a new exhibit at North Central College.

“The Impossibility of Doing Nothing” by Candace Hicks is free and open to the public from June 25 through July 16 in the Schoenherr Art Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

Hicks’ work celebrates the uniqueness of books, which she creates from objects using a variety of materials and methods, including printmaking techniques such as intaglio, collographs and wood cuts.

“Storytelling is key to my artistic practice,” Hicks says. “My work acknowledges the unavoidability of simulation and the impossibility of originality. My choice of the book as a principle medium is due to the phenomenon of the book as authoritative. Books provide an arena in which fiction can be accepted as fact and observations can take on a mythic narrative quality.”

Hicks is an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University, where she earned a master of fine arts in printmaking. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in art from Austin College. She describes herself as a former “house painter, bounty hunter and translator” who in 2003 established The Image Warehouse—a nonprofit center for the arts in Athens, Texas.

Her works have been exhibited in galleries throughout Texas, in other states and in England and Argentina. Her works are part of collections at Stanford University, Dartmouith College, New York University, Brown University and the University of California, Irvine, among others.

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. on 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.

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).