2010
"The Orchard Project" kicks off the art exhibition season at Benedictine

"The Orchard Project" kicks off the art exhibition season at Benedictine
January 20, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Benedictine University’s 2010 art exhibition season begins with the prints, drawings and photographs by College of DuPage art professor and Batavia resident Charles Earl Boone. “The Orchard Project” presents Boone’s fascination with a group of 247 apple trees in an antiquated, 80-year-old, family-owned orchard in Michigan. His photographs document the various trees that comprise the orchard. His drawings serve a uniquely “distilled” images, where his prints note each tree’s characteristics compared with its companions. Boone’s interest in documenting these trees allows the viewer to become familiar with their individual personalities. The trees are relics, but despite their age, they still produce heavily. While the original family’s descendants run the farm, they themselves are nearly the same age as the trees they care for. The question is therefore raised, “What to do with the orchard?” Ultimately, Boone finds the orchard serves as a metaphor for how we confront the outdated, the antiquated, the unmarketable and the aged. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition is located in the lower lever of the Krasa Center next to the St. Benedict Chapel and will run through February 26. For more information, contact University art curator Teresa Parker at tparker@ben.edu or by calling (630) 829-6270.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.