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Art Museum displays ‘Anonymous Woman’

October 6, 2010

Photo of woman's silhouette against sunsetNIU’s Art Museum will present “Patty Carroll: Anonymous Women,” a contemporary photography exhibition from Thursday, Oct. 21, through Saturday, Dec. 4.

The public is invited to an opening reception at the museum from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. Carroll will be one of several artists speaking about their work between 6 to 7 p.m. that evening in Altgeld Hall 315.

In “Anonymous Women,” Chicago photographer Patty Carroll explores the sometimes hidden role of women in society using her work to comment on the strains of maintaining feminine politeness and what she calls “the claustrophobic world of domestic perfection.”

“Photographers observe, comment, criticize and make fun of the worlds we live in by interacting with reality, and visibly displaying those perceptions in images,” Carroll said. “My training was as a straight, documentary photographer, but I stray back into the studio to make up fictional worlds.”

Carroll received her BFA in graphic design from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a master of science degree in photography from the Institute of Design, IIT in Chicago.

She currently teaches photography at Columbia College and the Art Institute of Chicago and taught at other institutions including the Institute of Design at IIT and the Royal College of Art in London. She has participated in numerous group and one-person exhibitions and has work in several museum collections.

Located on the west-end first floor of Altgeld Hall, the galleries are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment for group tours. Exhibitions and lectures are free; donations are appreciated.

The exhibitions of the NIU Art Museum are funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Friends of the NIU Art Museum, and the Arts Fund 21.

For more information, visit or call (815) 753-1936.