Published on 3/30/2017
Art by Lorraine Peltz evokes pleasure and wonder in North Central’s Schoenherr Gallery.
North Central College presents “The Decorative Impulse,” an exhibit of paintings and photographs by Lorraine Peltz. Free and open to the public, this exhibit will be on display through May 14 in North Central’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. A free reception for the artist will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. May 12, and feature appetizers and desserts from Fine & Performing Arts Restaurant Partners Paisan’s Pizzeria in Lisle and Smallcakes Cupcakery in Naperville.
This selection of paintings and photographs by Peltz reflects her long-held interest in place, identity and memory. In each work she reimagines the real into images that coalesce into exuberant fields of color, resonating with accumulated meanings and an expanse of visual pleasure. Using imagery culled from both personal history and the contemporary moment, Peltz incorporates particular remembered images— often from the domestic arena—with a range of provocative painterly events.
Her paintings all share a delight in a surface rich with nuanced color that comes together to offer viewers an opportunity to situate themselves within the work, and then beyond it to reflect on ideas of home, celebration and longing. Peltz’s recent efforts in photography extend that interest to the landscape outside the home, finding places that evoke, through color and image, the sense of pleasure and wonder found within her paintings.
Peltz’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and abroad in Chicago, New York, Miami, Boca Raton, Atlanta, Texas, San Francisco, Paris and Verona, Italy. Her work has been shown in various museums, including the Rockford Art Museum, the Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell University, the Renaissance Society, Chicago, and the Elmhurst Art Museum. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art Ltd, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Flavorpill.com, ArtSlant.com, ArtMoco.com and more.
She is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Grant and City of Chicago Artist Grant and her work is included in the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Feminist Art Center. An image of her painting “Chandelier Gold” was featured in Harpers Magazine’s in July 2016. Peltz’s work is included in private and public collections around the country and abroad. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Peltz received her MFA from the University of Chicago and her BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She lives and works in Chicago, where she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
North Central College's 2016-2017 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by BMO Harris Bank; Nicor Gas; Advanced Data Technologies; Blooming Color; 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 northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).