North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

Art by Sharron Ott brings awareness to endangered species in North Central College exhibit

Published on 8/24/2016

North Central College presents an exhibit of work by Sharron Ott, Aug. 21 through Oct. 6. This exhibit is free to the public and will be on display in North Central’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St. An opening reception will be held Friday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Ott will be present to greet visitors and discuss her work; complimentary refreshments will be served.

Through shapes, values and the hues, Ott invites the viewer to experience the world she creates within her paintings. The expressionistic pieces speak of the beauty of nature, bringing awareness of creatures that are endangered and precious. She aims to show the beauty and elegance of these animals, celebrating their existence rather than mourning their loss.

Ott received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She began her training at age 11, studying under Eleanor King Hookam, the founder of the Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois. She has held numerous exhibits across the United States and Canada, with works placed in many prominent collections. Ott also has incorporated theatrical arts into her repertoire, facilitating set design, props, and costumes for Cirque Du Soliel (Alegria Tour), Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago and Red Moon Theatre Chicago.

Ott is a respected teacher, writing all her own curriculum and focusing on the aspects of art that allow each student to soar. "My curriculums are designed for those who want to pursue art as an intellectual, as well as tactile experience, to use the process of creation to travel into areas of inspired realization." Ott also has served as the director of many community art projects, including working with the Hyde Park Community Center in Chicago, Papillon Gallery in Oak Park, and several schools and churches in and around Chicago.

North Central College's 2016-2017 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Nicor Gas, Advanced Data Technologies, USG Corporation, Catch 35, 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).