FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cuneo Mansion Appoints New Artist-in-Resident
CHICAGO, June 28, 2010 – Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens has appointed Stephen Titra as its Artist-in-Residence. Titra has served as a multi-disciplinary artist-in-residence at more than 100 sites around the country for the past 25 years. His successful programs, which include visual art, writing, and music, are centered on spirituality and have been presented to students of all ages, parents, faculties, and corporate groups.
Titra’s commissioned portraits and landscapes are displayed in public and private collections in Rome, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Seattle, and Chicago, among other sites. He has also created more than 15 large-scale paintings and murals for schools throughout the Midwest. In addition, he is co-producer and art director of the television program Sunday Mass at Mercy Home in Chicago. Titra has been granted the “Winner of the Parents’ Choice” and “Telly and Cindy” awards for his work on several educational video programs and for his input as a composer and performer of more than 500 pieces of original music for recordings and soundtracks.
“I look forward to introducing the Loyola and surrounding Cuneo community to Titra’s classes,” says Cuneo Mansion and Gardens manager Kevin Ginty. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer participants the opportunity to learn about the art world through Titra’s teachings and methods.”
This summer, Titra will teach six classes, which will range from landscape painting in oils and acrylics to illustrated journaling. The dominant premise of Titra’s teaching is based on the idea that the arts and culture are, and have always been, the language of the heart and spirit, without which we can never reach our full potential.
To register for classes, please call Cuneo Mansion and Gardens at 847.362.3042, and a Cuneo representative will register you over the phone. All classes will include group (10 to 12 participants per group) demonstrations and discussion, as well as group and personal attention and instruction. Each class session (2 ½ to 3 hours) welcomes artists of all skill levels. Private instruction (1 to 2 participants) is available upon request. Please see the list of class descriptions below:
Landscape Painting in Oils and/or Acrylics
The lush Cuneo grounds, boasting native plants, water features, and formal estate gardens designed by the world-famous landscape architect Jens Jensen, will serve as the perfect setting. The class will use both a plain-air approach, concentrating on color, atmosphere, and light in nature, as well as a romantic approach of ideal realism. Instruction will focus on paintings with emotional power, as well as technical skill and appeal.
o When: 10 sessions beginning June 22; Tuesday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
o Fee: $250
Sublime Gardens: Botanicals in Drawing and Watercolors
With watercolors and a variety of drawing methods, participants will engage the treasure of the Cuneo Gardens as their subject matter. Techniques of washes, light and shadows, transparent layering, wet on wet, drybrush, color harmonies, and sound compositional skills will be used to portray the subtle beauty of the grounds.
o When: 10 sessions beginning June 23; Wednesday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
o Fee: $250
Sumptuous Still Life: Various Media
Artists throughout history have used objects in still-life settings to make wonderful images that are far more than mere documentary pictures. Participants will use a variety of media to practice this art and delve into the timeless fascination with the staged arrangement of a carefully chosen ensemble of objects. Select pieces from the Cuneo Museum collection will serve as the group’s still-life models.
o When: 10 sessions beginning June 24; Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
o Fee: $250
Architecture of the Mansion: Various Media
The Cuneo Mansion and Gardens’ grand home and furnishings will serve as the subject matter for this group. Participants will draw and paint some of the spectacular views both inside and out. The class will center on accuracy and realism, though personal styles and creative interpretations are always welcome. There are an infinite number of points of view, and participants will be encouraged to be unique in their approach to the subjects.
o When: 10 sessions beginning June 26; Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon
o Fee: $250
Pictured Words: Illustrated Journaling
These sessions will combine creative writing and illustration, and the class will look at the work of several artists/writers who filled notebooks and journals with ideas and images. The class will be especially stimulating for those who love poetic language and lyrical images. William Blake and Leonardo were two of the greatest at this practice, and participants will begin with them and then create their own works using a variety of media and techniques, including calligraphy, illumination, script, watercolor, pens, and many more.
o When: 6 sessions beginning June 24; Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
o Fee: $150
Soul, Imagination, and Creativity
In these sessions, participants will learn to see the world as artists do with eyes, minds, and hearts that are more open. The goal will be to enhance participants’ understanding and encourage them to seek the path to potential for a truly full life. Practices of observation, meditation, and creation, through a variety of literary, visual, and musical genres, will be employed.
o When: 6 sessions beginning on June 26; Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
o Fee: $150
About the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Construction on the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens began in 1908 and stopped during World War I. It was completed in 1918 as the home of Samuel Insull, the creator of Commonwealth Edison and a leading businessman of the 1920s, and designed by Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall in the Italianate style. Its gardens and landscaping were designed by world-renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. In 1937, John Cuneo Sr. bought the home. He and his wife, Julia, had two children, John Jr. and Consuela, whom they raised on the estate. John Sr. owned and operated Hawthorn Mellody Farms Dairy, the National Tea Company, and the Cuneo Press. The mansion, which opened to the public as the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in 1991, houses the Cuneo family collection of fine antiques, paintings by world-famous artists, tapestries, sculptures, silver, and porcelain.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 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 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, 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. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in the publication’s 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.