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Exhibit of oil paintings by Rizzo to open Sept. 28

“Soil, Coil, Trefoil,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Northern Illinois University art professor Nina Rizzo, will be on display Sept. 28 through Oct. 26 in Monmouth College’s Everett Gallery.
A reception and a talk are scheduled for Sept. 28 in the gallery, which is located in Hewes Library. The reception will begin at 3 p.m., with the artist set to discuss her exhibit at 3:15 p.m.
“Rizzo’s paintings are equal part fact and fiction,” wrote reviewer Stephanie McMahon. “Using her direct experience with a place, event or object as a catalyst, she abstracts, invents and explores new realities in painted space and form. Rizzo imagines places unseen or hybrid spaces, creating a world that is full of wonder and possibility. Her use of exaggerated color, fluid brush strokes and spatial ambiguities reveal sensual environments where interiors and exteriors collide and our notion of reality is questioned.”
The recipient of last year’s Alexander Rutsch Award in Painting, Rizzo has taught at NIU’s School of Art since 2006. During that time, she also served as a visiting professor at Alfred University and Columbia College. Rizzo has also taught at the University of Illinois, where she received her BFA in 1997, and at the University of Texas, where she received her MFA seven years later. Other stops on Rizzo’s professional journey have included the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Italart Center in Italy.
The gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. ¬– midnight; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon – midnight.