North Central College - Naperville, IL

Two students showcase their art April 6-May 9

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Artwork by Patrick Tyler Buchenot (left), Melissa Massey (right)
Artwork by Patrick Tyler Buchenot (left), Melissa Massey (right)

April 5, 2011—North Central College seniors Melissa J. Massey and Patrick Tyler Buchenot will showcase their artwork in a two-person exhibit titled “Phantasm,” featuring two-dimensional work, drawings and mixed media.

The free exhibit runs April 6 through May 9 at the College’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St., Naperville. The artists will greet visitors during an opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

A resident of Vernon, N.J., Massey is majoring in English and art and plans to study art history in graduate school. She’s written a graphic novel as part of her senior honors thesis at North Central College and has incorporated images from her novel in “Phantasm.” Working with watercolors and markers and using blue tones to create an atmospheric effect, she says, “I attempt to show aspects of the stories and the characters that I wouldn’t normally get to show within my story” in this exhibit.

An Aurora resident, Buchenot is majoring in art and interactive media studies and looks forward to a career in graphic design. He’s worked in a variety of media, combining digital and traditional methods to create his own unique style. His collection of two-and three-dimensional pieces in the exhibit serves as concept art for future video game projects. He explains that the same character may take on a different look in each piece based on the medium used, with the concept acting as the source to connect the works. In this way, each story becomes separate in its own unique world.  

Oesterle Library Gallery is 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. Contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at 630-637-5375 or to learn more about the exhibit.

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).

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of media relations, 630-637-5306