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Arts Botanica, One-Week Exhibition to Coincide with 2006 Chicago Flower & Garden Show

CHICAGO, Feb. 23, 2006 The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) announces plans to bring together the visual art and floral worlds in a special one-week exhibition of 18 contemporary painters, photographers and sculptors who work with flower and landscape imagery. Arts Botanica will run from March 12-17, 2006.

Arts Botanica is a variation on a theme that began years ago at Loyola University Chicago’s former Martin D’Arcy Gallery. In the exhibit, local artists are paired with innovative floral designers from the Chicago area who are charged with creating a living floral composition inspired by the fine arts. The artists’ works range from still life to installation, and approach traditional botanical subject matter with edgy twists.

“This year, with the opening of our new museum, we wanted to engage artists, collectors and galleries by illustrating how nature, particularly flowers, remains valid subject matter for contemporary artists,” said Pamela Ambrose, director of cultural affairs, LUMA. “In this exhibition of 18 artists, our floral design firms become equal partners in bringing art to life. It’s definitely a challenge for the florists, but it provides surprising and unique results that will open our minds to how we look at nature.”

Flowers and foliage have long been used as iconographic symbols of rebirth, death, sexuality and noble personages, specifically in mythological and religious art from antiquity to the present. In this week long exhibition, museum goers will experience examples of how artists today draw upon precedents in art history.

Participating Artists:
Tom Baril, Amy Lowry Poole, Kate Breakey, Gabriella Morawetz, Jose Cobo, David Kessler, Katherine Daniels, Shelly Reed, Bean Finneran, Victor Skrebneski, Linda Girven, Jiwon Son, Winifred Godfrey, Ron Van Dongen, Christina Haglid, Margaret Wharton, Jo-Ann Lowney and John Wickenberg.

Floral Designer Firms:
A New Leaf, Flower Firm, Initial Tropical Plants, Blumen, Gloria Baker Events and Flowers, Mille Fiori, Blumgarten, Ixia, Oliver-Dogwood, Bukeity, Inc., Janes’ Blue Iris, Stems and Flora.

Opening Reception:
A private reception will be held on Saturday, March 11 at LUMA. Guests attending the reception will have the opportunity to meet the artists and florists of Arts Botanica and will be one of the first to view the exhibit. Tickets are required for the event and can be purchased by calling (312) 915-7630.

Public Program:
Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m.
When A Rose Was More Than A Rose: The Victorian Culture of Flowers
Free; Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (312) 915-7630
William B. and Marilyn M. Simpson Lecture Hall (LUMA)

Debra Mancoff, School of the Chicago Art Institute, will explore the symbolic use of flowers in art, culture and history in a time when a rose was more than a rose. Though the language of flowers in the 21st Century seems little more than a charming relic of the Victorian era, the practice of assigning meanings to flowers was part of a rich floral culture that ranged from botany and folklore to interior decoration and gender identity.

About LUMA
In October 2005, LUMA became Chicago’s newest museum with 27,000 square feet of exhibition space. The museum, located at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, occupies the main floor (street level), 2nd and 3rd floors of Loyola’s historic Lewis Towers on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile. Beginning 2007, LUMA will house the Martin D’Arcy Collection of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art, which is being moved from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus where it was on display for the past 35 years. Other exhibitions scheduled at LUMA in 2006 include:

* Living Drawings: Recent Works by Hunter O’Reilly – March 12 – June 4
* The Gods As We Shape Them – April 7 – September 10
* Land and Sea: DoDo Jin Ming – April 8 – May 28
* The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama – October 28, 2006 – January 15, 2007

LUMA Mission Statement – Art Illuminating the Spirit
The Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression that attempts to illuminate the enduring spiritual questions and concerns of all cultures and societies. As a museum with an interest in education and educational programming, Loyola University Museum of Art reflects the University’s Jesuit Mission and is dedicated to helping men and women of all creeds explore the roots of their own faith and spiritual quest.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.




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