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Crown Center Gallery at Loyola Hosts Ralph Arnold Unmasked: From Pop to Political
Former Professor’s Works to Be Unveiled February 27, 2008
CHICAGO, February 22, 2008 –Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts unveils Ralph Arnold Unmasked: from Pop to Political, an exhibition that reveals the diverse artistic interests of the well-known professor and respected Chicago artist, Ralph Arnold (1928-2006). The exhibition, which will be officially unveiled at a grand opening on February 27, 2008, from 5 – 8 p.m., runs through April 4, 2008.
Ralph Arnold Unmasked: from Pop to Political can be viewed in Loyola’s Crown Center Gallery and features more than 60 works of art from the artist’s estate, including a variety of styles such as collage, painting, printmaking, handmade books, and assemblages. This display captures how Arnold used everyday objects and represented people and places with his own personal humor. From Pop Art of the 1960’s to the social and political climate of the 1990’s, Arnold’s art shares many themes with contemporaries such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenburg, Joseph Cornell, H.C. Westerman, and Ed Paschke.
Arnold was a full-time faculty member at Loyola University Chicago from 1972-1995, earning the rank, Professor of Art. He was a mentor to his colleagues and students, and served many years as adjunct lecturer in the museum education department at the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, he was appointed by the governors of Illinois to serve seven terms with the Illinois Arts Council, where he chaired numerous panels and committees.
This exhibition commemorates the breadth of Arnold’s service not only to the Loyola University Chicago community, but also his devoted commitment as a mentor to students and colleagues.
The exhibition is free and open to the public from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment. The Crown Center Gallery is located at 1001 West Loyola Avenue, in Chicago, near the Loyola CTA Red Line.
About Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s newly formed Department of Fine and Performing Arts combines the disciplines of Dance, Music, Theatre, and the Visual Arts, and provides a quality education to students studying any of the various arts. This new alignment of creative energies, which helps foster interdisciplinary collaboration, combined with the renovation of two buildings on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts at Loyola University Chicago. This unification has also inspired 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 & 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.