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Robert Bean shares his “Storylines” in Schoenherr Gallery art exhibit

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Narrative artwork by Robert Bean is featured in the exhibit “Storylines: From Past to Present” Sept. 23 through Oct. 30 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., Naperville.

Growing up, Bean could count on two things: the hot and humid summers of Little Rock, Ark., and the pulpy pages of his comic books. Inspired by the format of the latter, Bean expanded on his passions for visual images and storytelling at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Bean honed in on this style, pulling together anecdotes and snapshots from the mysteries of the people and streets surrounding him.

When it comes to his artwork, Bean says, “I believe in the power of words. I believe in the power of images. I believe that the two, when combined, can create an experience that is more powerful than either can create on its own. By using the title of the artwork as an ‘opening line,’ I strive to pull the viewer into the narrative being created within the image. I look to the image as a starting point, leaving enough ambiguity within the work for the viewer to be able to let their imagination finish the story.”

Bean’s interactive form of art viewing has traveled across the nation, from the Jasper Arts Center in Indiana to the Yeiser Art Center in Kentucky. He currently resides in Little Rock with his wife, Maria, and their three-legged turtle, Peggy.

Schoenherr Gallery’s hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and one hour before most performances in the Fine Arts Center. Contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at 630-637-5375 or to learn more about the exhibit.

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. This exhibit is one of 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 lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).