North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

Artist Kimble Bromley showcases series of paintings in North Central College exhibit

Published on 6/6/2012

Painter Kimble Bromley’s “Resurrection” exhibit reflects on perseverance and rebirth June 29 through Aug. 12 at North Central College.

The exhibit is free and open to the public in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. An artist reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug.12. Guests can meet Bromley, and complimentary refreshments will be served.

Originally from Iowa, Bromley has served as a visiting artist throughout the upper Midwest, Ecuador and Mexico. Since moving to North Dakota in 1996, he has completed several landscape series of the North Dakota plains, works inspired by a residency in Chicago, paintings using discarded billboards and, most recently, a more introspective personal series of paintings around the theme of “Moby Dick.”

“One encounters many surprises in life—some good, others not so good,” Bromley says.  “My ‘Resurrection’ series of paintings are works of art dealing with the many issues involving these surprises. In the book ‘Moby Dick,’ Ishmael’s adventures entail a full range of tragic and comic life experiences and a rebirth. Ultimately these paintings are about persevering, moving ahead, living life.”

As professor of art at North Dakota State University, Bromley teaches painting and drawing. One component of his studio classes involves hypnotizing his students to assist them with their creativity. Bromley’s interest in hypnosis has led him to research its significance in inspiration, ultimately publishing “Hypnotic Enhancement of Creative Drawing” in the October 2007 issue of The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Bromley is also known for a series of billiard ball paintings he was commissioned to paint for Fargo Billiards and Gastropub—the largest pool hall in the northern hemisphere. 

For gallery hours or to learn more about the exhibit, contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at 630-637-5375 or nclanhammurray@noctrl.edu.

Art, art history and art education are among more than 55 undergraduate majors offered at North Central College.

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.