Above / The Schoenherr Art Gallery is located in the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., on the campus of North Central College, just steps from downtown Naperville.

From 6 to 9PM Fri., Nov. 9, the public is welcome to a new indoor exhibit that will open with a variety of original work by Century Walk Artists in the Schoenherr Art Gallery. The exhibit runs Fri., Nov. 9 through Sun. Dec. 2, 2018.

In 1996, Century Walk began as an outdoor public art initiative featuring murals, mosaics, reliefs, mobiles, and sculptures throughout downtown Naperville.

Today, Century Walk features many significant pieces by local and nationally-recognized artists that reflect more than 100 years of Naperville’s history. Many of those artists such as Marianne Lisson Kuhn also create art for inside the home or office, works that will be on exhibit in the Schoenherr Art Gallery.

For more information about Century Walk art with its many stories, visit www.centurywalk.org.  Or take a stroll through downtown Naperville where art outside in public places depicts scenes from this city’s memories such as Veterans Valor at the entrance to Central Park along Washington Street.

In 2006, Veterans’ Valor created by Shirley McWorter-Moss found its prominent place at the entrance to Central Park. The sculpture depicts heroism of many veterans, reflected in the unusual story of five men who grew up in Naperville and served in the armed forces during World War II. Fortunately, they all returned home having earned high military honors. Read more on the Century Walk plaque on the base.

Century Walk dedicates ‘Laughing Lincoln’ sculpture on December 2

Naperville’s Public Art Program, funded in part by SECA, will dedicate its 50th piece of public art called “Laughing Lincoln” at 2PM Sun., Dec. 2, in Central Park. The sculpture that depicts Abraham Lincoln at age 30 is Century Walk’s gift to Naperville and its residents to coincide with the State of Illinois 200th Anniversary as the 21st State of the Union.

“Laughing Lincoln” depicts Abraham Lincoln at age 30.

Bicentennal Birthday Bash at Wentz Concert Hall follows dedication

Immediately following the sculpture dedication on Dec. 2, Century Walk will host a Bicentennial Birthday Bash fundraiser from 3 to 5PM at Wentz Concert Hall. 

Organizers have planned artisan hors d’ oeuvres, a beverage bar, presentations by Century Walk Artists, past and present, a virtual Century Walk of 50 locations of public art as well as other entertainment.

Schoenherr Art Gallery is in the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL, 60540.

For more information about the Bicentennial Birthday Bash fundraiser and/or to purchase tickets ($100 per person), click here.

Exhibits at Schoenherr Art Gallery

This exhibit is among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public.

Gallery Hours: 10AM to 6PM Monday and Saturdays, 10AM to 9PM Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5PM Sunday.

To learn more about the exhibit, contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at (630) 637-5375 or nclanham@noctrl.edu

For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and more, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

“The Great Concerto” by muralist Bart Gunderson is featured on the stage door to the Community Concert Center in Central Park. The site of summer concerts is just down the path from where “Laughing Lincoln” will be unveiled on Dec. 2, 2018.

Naperville Municipal Band Concerts

Just prior to the Laughing Lincoln sculpture unveiling in Central Park, the Naperville Municipal Band will perform its annual Holiday Concert at 12:45PM in Wentz Concert Hall. Admission to the one-hour concert is free of charge.

Note also, at 3PM Sun., Nov. 11, the Naperville Municipal Band will perform its annual tribute to Veterans during its Fall Concert, also in the Wentz Concert Hall. Admission is free of charge.

Thanks for supporting the arts!