Rochelle, Illinois Newspaper, May 22, 1975

By Mike Mooney


ROCHELLE- Paint and teeth might not seem to have much in common, but Rochelle dentist Rodney Chang has managed to connect the two quite well.

Chang, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, will receive a masters degree in art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb later this month and, on Sunday, will hold his first one-man show at the university.

"Painting is something that's been in my blood as long as I can remember," said Chang, who helped earn his way through Loyola Dental School in Chicago by painting landscapes of Hawaii.

His latest efforts, 16 of which will be displayed in the one-man show, are built around a dental theme, using revolutionary materials and methods.

"I don't know really how to describe my art," Chang admitted. "I guess they could best be described as abstract, using modern materials like plexiglass, chrome, glass and mirrors. It's something different and unusual."

Chang has been looking forward to his first show.

"It signals my acceptance as an artist," he siad. "These paintings are of odontic images, but, in the future, I hope to put more of Hawaii into my paintings."

Chang started working on his masters degree in 1972, but took time out for a tour of duty as an Army dentist in Korea.

After receiving the degree, he hopes to return to Hawaii where he will open his own office, practice dentistry, and continue painting.

"This show is just the start of my art career," he said. "It means I've started to arrive as an artist, but it's only the beginning."