North Central College - Naperville, IL

Works by artist Randy Simmons exhibited May 20 through June 19

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March 16, 2011—“Life in Shades of Gray,” an exhibit of charcoal drawings by artist Randy Simmons, will be shown May 20 through June 19 at North Central College.

The exhibit is free and open to the public in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The artist will greet visitors during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 17. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Simmons has had a number of solo shows throughout the country. His work explores a variety of themes.

“My work can be divided into several themes: children and parenting, domestic violence, past relationships with former wives and girlfriends and political issues,” Simmons says. “At times, the boundaries of these subjects can overlap.”

Simmons’ charcoal drawings are heavily influenced by use of photography in the means of light and scale. His large charcoal drawings are created realistically from photographs. Despite being in black and white, his pieces have rich tones, which capture a range of subtleties. Simmons often uses different points of views when creating his pieces, from his son’s journal entries as children to past experiences.

Simmons studied drawing at University of Cincinnati and both drawing and painting at Murray State University. Artist Daily, a web site affiliated with American Artist magazine, has profiled Simmons as its Artist of the Month.

Schoenherr Gallery is 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. 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 nclanhammurray@noctrl.edu to learn more about the exhibit.

Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307

01-06-2011