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Paintings on display at Women's Center

Published: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 6:20 p.m. CDT

Northern Illinois University and DeKalb Area Women’s Center connect again through an August 2013 fine arts exhibition at the center’s galleries showcasing figurative paintings by Northern Illinois University School of Art Professor Emerita, Carmen Armstrong.

When asked by DAWC Gallery Director Anna Marie Coveny about her artistic journey, Armstrong shared her thoughts.

“Frequently people ask how long I have painted,” Armstrong said in a news release. “That takes me back to coloring books in which the imagery stopped at borders of a page. Dissatisfied with that, I continued the images and colored them to edges of the page!”

Armstrong went on to study art through a joint program at Fort Wayne Art Institute with Indiana University.

Two years carrying 21 hours a semester introduced her to a wide variety of disciplines of art and basis of education.

She later became an art teacher in schools in Indiana and Michigan. Later she went on to earn a master of science in art education and a Ed.D in curriculum: art education, with inside and outside minors in painting and drawing.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Denver, Minneapolis, Louisville, Ky., Evansille, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Des Plaines, Rend Lake, St. Marys, Ind., Rockford and Detroit.”

Two special events have been planned during her DAWC showing. On Aug. 23, will be the reception plus on Aug. 26, Armstrong will conduct a session on How to Look at Art; both begin at 7 p.m.

“For 30 years as professor of art education, I shared my accumulated and my strengthened thoughts about the role of art education in books, articles, presentations, and workshops – too busy to divide my energy with painting,” Armstrong said in the release.

“Upon retirement from the School of Art at Northern Illinois University, I continued to paint and exhibit my work. In Tucson (Ariz.) I have had the opportunity to work from costumed models since 2002.

“Most of the 52 paintings in the August DeKalb Area Women’s Center exhibit were completed since then.”

The oil on canvas paintings of human figures and objects in their meaningful environments are available for viewing each Friday in August from 7 to 9 p.m. and by appointment at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center OnStage Gallery and Great Hall Exhibtion Space.

Free and open to the public, the galleries are located at 1021 State St., in DeKalb. Parking is available on-street and one-half block south in the lot at 415 N. 11th St. The accessible lift can be entered from the alley adjacent to the north side of the building. For additional information, contact DAWC at 815-758-1351, dawc@niu.edu or the artist at 815-895-9878.

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