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Role of Ceramics Takes Center Stage at Loyola University Chicago
Crown Center Gallery Ceramics: A Question of Function Set to Open Nov. 2
CHICAGO, October 29, 2007 – The Crown Center Gallery at Loyola University Chicago opens its second exhibition of the 2007-08 season, Ceramic: A Question of Function. The exhibition, which examines the role of ceramics as a functional medium, will be on display from November 2-30, 2007.
In recent decades, the trend in ceramics has moved away from functionality, and has transitioned into a style of decorative or sculptural objects. In this exhibition however, the spotlight shines on three local ceramicists, David PJ Hooker, Patricia A. Kochaver, and Thomas Schmidt, as they demonstrate the traditional spectrum of functionality.
About the Artists:
David PJ Hooker, assistant professor of art at Wheaton College, studied at Furman University and Winthrop University before receiving his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University. His work has been exhibited nationally, and he has also published articles that have been reviewed in Ceramics Monthly.
Patricia A. Kochaver, head of the ceramics department at Evanston Art Center, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Graceland College. In addition to teaching, she still is passionate about her art, which is currently represented by several galleries, including the Blue Gallery of Kansas City, Lill Street Gallery, and the Illinois Artisans Galleries of Chicago.
Thomas Schmidt, a Loyola University Chicago Bachelor of Fine Arts alumnus, has studied at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree at the prestigious Alfred University in New York. He has exhibited his work at the prestigious Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair (SOFA) in Chicago, and recently at the 55th Premio Faenza show at the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, in Italy. Presently, his work is represented by Dubhe Carreno Gallery in Chicago.
Loyola University Chicago’s Crown Center Gallery is located in Rogers Park, at 1001 West Loyola Avenue, close to the Loyola CTA Red Line stop. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Crown Center Gallery hours are as follows: Monday- Friday, 3 – 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m., and by appointment. For further information, please contact the Crown Center Gallery at 773-508-7510.
About Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts
The dance, fine arts, music, and theatre departments at Loyola University Chicago recently joined together to form the Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA). The creation of this new department and the continuous renovation of the Mundelein Center into a fine and performing arts center has inspired a renaissance of the arts at Loyola. The mission of the DFPA is to enhance collaboration among the arts, and to inspire innovative public programming that engages several art forms.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.