Above / ROUSE18 will be on exhibit from April 13 through May 27 in North Central College’s Schoenherr Gallery, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Stylist and local fashion guru Jenny Dodson debuts her sublimely unconventional and rebelliously lush music, fashion and photography installation ROUSE18 at North Central College. This interactive exhibit is free to the public and will run April 13 to May 27 in North Central College’s Schoenherr Gallery, 171 E Chicago Ave., just steps from downtown Naperville.

ROUSE18 creates an artistic visualization of the interplay between music and fashion. Through photography and styled looks, ROUSE18 showcases the impact music has on the fashion industry. Using imagery from the styled and live shoots of musicians, this installation documents a multitude of genres and styles and encourages viewers to see the resulting relationships.

Schoenherr Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center on the campus of North Central College.

Public Opening / 7-10PM Thurs., April 12

North Central College’s Fine and Performing Arts will unveil ROUSE18 with a first blush before its public opening 7-10PM on Thursday, April 12. In an intimate gallery setting, guests will raise glasses and eyebrows with local musicians, featured artists, models and fashionistas. The experience will also include a runway show, pop-up shop with a curated collection of garments inspired by the exhibit, and live music. Local musicians participating in the exhibit who may also be present opening night include members of the Ides of March, TD Clark, and Semple.

Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit North Central College’s Fine and Performing Arts. For tickets and information, visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/performance.

About ROUSE18

ROUSE18 was the creative brainchild of fashion wizard and stylist Jenny Dodson. Dodson has always loved fashion and music. Throughout her life, she has sampled and rocked a variety of fashion genres, which have often coincided with her latest music obsessions. Marriage and mothering brought her into a new realm of learning how to look her best while raising her four daughters. One of her mantras has long been “the longer I breastfeed, the higher my heel.”

Jen professionally started working as a stylist in 2004, when she curated workshops for new moms on how to publicly breastfeed while looking fashionable. This starting point has brought her to where she is today, an artist with a knack for eclecticism, a groupie who never stops dreaming, and a self-owned woman, who thrives on living an unexpected life and encourages her clients to find their own truths and express these truths through their styles.      

Story and photo image submitted by Jessica Segal, Assistant Fine Arts Director, North Central College