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April 27, 2010

NIU art student presents ‘photograff’ exhibit, fashion show at DAWC

DeKalb, Ill. — Northern Illinois University art student Thomas Graff of Antioch, Ill., is the featured artist at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center (DAWC) during May.

“Fine Art Meets Photography” examines painting and photography, travels through fashion photography and exhibits fashion creation. Graff’s School of Art senior show will be on display from Saturday, May 1, through Thursday, May 27.

An artist’s reception will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, and will highlight a fashion show at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Graff, a visual artist and musician, recalls an interest in both painting and photography during his childhood in Fox Lake. His current works encompass a new look at traditional photography involving both painting and photography and using darkroom chemicals – splashing developer on paper, fabric and canvas. Some of these creations are framed as fine art; others become fashion for the runway or subjects for fashion photography.

Graff reasons that his artwork “is all about breaking down boundaries and definitions. Whether I am producing photographs, fashion designs or paintings, my process involves multiple disciplines and promotes the idea of interweaving many forms of media. I question the limits and uncover the endless possibilities.”

Graff’s DAWC exhibition offers a variety of work – past and recent. For details about this event and other works, visit www.thephotograff.com.

The DAWC galleries are open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and by appointment. Admission is free. The center is located at 1021 State Street in DeKalb. Parking is available one-half block south in the lot off of Eleventh Street. An accessible lift is off of the alley just north of the building.

For information regarding the DAWC, call (815) 758-1351.

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