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Exhibit Explores Nature of Work/Labor

“Fighting to Save American Jobs,” a photograph by artist Timothy Campos, is one of the works featured in Waubonsee Community College’s new exhibit, “Art of Work.” The exhibit runs May 19 – July 30 at the college’s Sugar Grove Campus.

Waubonsee Community College will host “Art of Work,” an exhibit of pieces by nine artists, which all celebrate work and labor. Curated by the college’s Art Coordinator Anni Holm, the exhibit runs until July 30 in the Dickson Center’s Arrowhead Room on the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The exhibit includes sculpture, mixed media, paintings and photographs. Some of the artists express the labor theme quite literally, such as Chicagoan Antonio Martinez whose paintings include images of plumbing tools and industry symbols. Others, like Elizabeth McCarthy, of Chicago, work more conceptually. A photographer, McCarthy focuses her lens on people’s hands — an essential tool in any job.

Other exhibiting artists include Amy Babinec, Timothy Campos, Dustan Creech, Antonio Martinez, Elizabeth McCarthy, and Garland Martin Taylor, of Chicago; Bogumil Brankowski, of DeKalb; Gitte Bog, of Mexico City; and Irene Pérez, of Barcelona.