North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

North Central College exhibit fosters dialogue on Americanism

Published on 11/11/2016

North Central College presents “I Am American,” a group exhibit of art curated by Sergio Gomez featuring prominent artists from all over the Chicagoland area. This exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through Dec. 11 in North Central’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. 
 
The curator Sergio Gomez and many of the exhibiting artists will be present to greet visitors and discuss their work at a free reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. This Exhibit is sponsored by Pinot’s Pallete in Naperville and complimentary refreshments will be served at the opening reception courtesy of North Central College Fine & Performing Arts Restaurant Partners Delirio and Dark Horse Pastries. 
 
“I AM American” exhibition is not a single perspective on immigration or ethnicity. Instead, using a variety of styles, visual forms, symbols and metaphors, each work provides a wide-angle view into the bicultural experience. Some of the artists are first, second or third generation immigrants. Others can trace their heritage back to the Native American Indians. In that sense, this nonliteral exhibition on the American experience provides the viewer with ample room for conversation and personal interpretation. Some works directly approach the theme of identity while others delve into other subjects related to the American experience. Ultimately, this exhibit explores the meaning of being “American.”
 
Gomez recalls how the idea for this show was sparked in 2013 by reactions on Twitter to a post about an Indian American woman winning the Miss America Pageant. “There were a lot of hate messages about how her bicultural nature, explicitly attacking her for not looking ‘American’ enough. That brought the question to mind of what is an American in today’s culture. The conversation of Americanism has exploded in recent years and with the election this exhibit is more relevant today than ever before.” He goes on to clarify, “This is not a rally or anti-anything show. On the contrary, it celebrates the America I know and love.“
 
Gomez is the Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, owner and director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, and founder of VisualArtToday.com, a curated online exhibition space for international contemporary art. As a curator, he has organized numerous important exhibitions such as “The National Self-Portrait Exhibition,” “Get Real: New Figurative Realism in Chicago,” “CelebrARTE,” “Chicago’s Twelve,” “Style Bombing” and the “National Wet Paint Biannual MFA Exhibition,” which has become a catalyst for emerging painters across the country. Additionally, Gomez has established international art collaborations in Italy, Austria, Mexico, Spain, Chile and China.
 
Exhibiting artists are: Monsterrat Alsina, Joanne Aono, Cesar Conde, Pia Cruzalegui, Agustina Diez Sierra, Roberto Ferreyra, Mario Gonzalez Jr, Salvador Jimenez, Michael Klaus Schmidt, Chandrika Marla, Janice Meister, Joe Milosevich, InJung Oh, Pedro Palacios, Steve Prince, Luis Sahagun, Eden Unluata, Ana Zanic, Zore Zore Zore.
 
 
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 northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).