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Contact: Anna Marie Coveny, DeKalb Area Women’s Center

(815) 758-1351


March 23, 2006

NIU fine arts major featured artist
DeKalb Area Women’s Center during April

DeKalb – Northern Illinois University fine arts student Julia Girardi will exhibit her prints, drawings and other works in mixed media in a show titled “Confirmation” at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center. The show runs April 1-28.


Giarardi calls her work “a reflection that, while based in reality, puts emphasis on my own perception by taking an experience out of context or by exaggerating it.” She allows the theme of her work to determine the materials that will be used and is interested in attacking the same notion with different medium. Her belief in the importance of devotion to one’s work is often apparent through her process. Much of the work is comprised of stippled marks which she says “act as a visual record of the time I’ve spent on a piece.” Girardi prefers to leave her process evident to the viewer for it to reinforce the act of progression from an idea to a visual piece which is tangible.


The DeKalb Area Women’s Center, located at 1021 State Street, is open for public viewing from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays. A reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Great Hall exhibition space.


Parking is available one-half block south of the building on 11th Street, and the accessibility lift can be reached from the alley north of the building. For further information, or to arrange an additional showing, call (815) 758-1351.


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