Paintings and 3D art by Chicago artist Charles Heinrich featured in Schoenherr Gallery

Nov 30, 2015

North Central College presents the artwork of Charles A. Heinrich in his exhibit, “A Lifetime of Amusement: 40 Years of a Journey,” Dec. 11 through Jan. 31.  

The free exhibit will be displayed in North Central’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Heinrich will greet visitors at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11; complimentary refreshments will be served.

“A Lifetime of Amusement: 40 Years of a Journey” explores related themes, utilizing words through the use of old discarded books, letters and ephemera to make faces. Heinrich has created an art display by anthropomorphizing objects, allowing his audience to literally read the faces of his creations as he’s brought them to life.

Heinrich received his degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and became an artist, a teacher and early set designer and builder for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. During his 40-plus year career as an artist, Heinrich traveled the back roads of America seeking out artists and spending time with them.

“Spending time with these people let me know there is still an America out there. Their generosity of spirit and time has left a lasting impression on me,” he says. “I was finally able to figure out the creative spirit. I, like them, see the potential in everything and can’t not make things. I have more ideas than time, probably.”

Heinrich’s experiences and talent have helped him create a portfolio of work, consisting of paintings, drawings, sculptures and 3D art from books.

North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Nicor Gas, Advanced Data Technologies, Savant Capital Management, USG Corporation, Monarch Landing, Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund, Illinois Arts Council Agency, DuPage Foundation and Naperville Development Partnership.