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Contact: Anna Marie Coveny, DeKalb Area Women’s Center 
(815) 758-1351

November 22, 2006

NIU art student featured artist
at DeKalb Area Women’s Center

DeKalb – The photography work of Northern Illinois University fine arts major Jeni LoDolce of West Dundee, Ill., will be featured in the exhibit, “Cabinets of Curiosity,” at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center (DAWC) Galleries Dec. 7-29.

LoDolce comments on her work: “Cabinets of curiosity, or wonder rooms, were an early form of museum – literally cabinets filed with mysterious and extraordinary objects created and maintained by individuals of prestige.” She photographs objects in Midwest museums using traditional black and white with a medium-format, twin-lens reflex camera.

LoDolce also specializes in rural street photography, exploring and discovering oddities in everyday rural landscapes and historical landmarks. “I find humor and irony in the double meaning that is produced when objects are in juxtaposition with another object or text,” she says. “I am fascinated with different kinds of people who can be identified as rural Midwesterners participating in events and festivals, dressing or acting out of the typical mold of everyday expectation.”

The public is invited to view the exhibit from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, or by appointment with Anna Marie Coveny, gallery director. An artist’s reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The DAWC is located at 1021 State Street in DeKalb. Parking is available one-half block south of the building off of Eleventh Street. The handicapped accessible lift can be reached from the alley north of the building. For further information or to arrange a group showing, call (815) 758-1351.

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