North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

Exhibit of art by Iranian artist Sarvin Haghighi through January 29

Published on 1/18/2017

North Central College presents “Underneath My Skin” works by Sarvin Haghighi. This exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through January 29 in North Central’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. This is the last week to see this exhibit and you don't want to miss it!
Born in Iran to the daughter of a civil engineer, and an educated artist, Sarvin Haghighi experienced great joys, and harsh challenges. In a very short while, the pendulum would swing from privilege and independence to experiencing war firsthand, and the most basic of freedoms revoked. For Sarvin, the answer was art.
In her art, Sarvin Haghighi merges traditional Iranian art forms with a contemporary sensibility. In combining Farsi calligraphy and Islamic architectural designs with mixed media (including resin and gold leaf) and bold lines and framing, Haghighi affirms the enduring aesthetic of her culture that is too often represented through the limited lenses of war and political turmoil. The meticulous composition of these works share the laconic beauty of Rumi’s poetry, which ultimately works to create and emotionally resonant homage to tradition in the frantic modern world.
Sarvin hopes her exhibits will spark dialogue, and this exhibit's conversation begins with the word "Love" written in Farsi calligraphy on the entrance wall to let the viewers experience the power of this word as they enter the gallery. In an interview with the Naperville Sun, Sarvin explains "I truly hope viewing my works will encourage viewers to want to know more," she said. "To show that at the end of the day no matter where we grow up and what backgrounds we have, most of us have similar beliefs and values."
North Central College’s 2016-2017 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by BMO Harris Bank; Nicor Gas; Advanced Data Technologies; Naperville Magazine; Catch 35; Dommermuth, Cobine, West, Gensler, Philipchuck, Corrigan and Bernhard, Ltd.; DuPage Foundation; Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk; Monarch Landing; Pinot’s Palette; Savant Capital Management; Sullivan’s Steakhouse; Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund; Illinois Arts Council Agency; and Naperville Development Partnership.
This exhibit is among 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 more, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).