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Department of Fine and Performing Arts Kicks-Off 2011-12 Exhibition Season with Chicago Ceramicist Chris Garofalo

Exhibition is One of Three Held at Loyola’s Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex This Season

CHICAGO, August 26, 2011– Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) welcomes ceramicist Chris Garofalo as she opens the DFPA’s 2011–12 exhibition season with Uberzootany, an installation that highlights the beauty of the natural world. In her exhibition, Garofalo reinterprets conventional images of plant and animal life, drawing inspiration from underwater creatures, her own garden, and even from under a scientist’s microscope. Alongtime Chicago resident, Garofalo renders her original take on evolution and art in delicate sculptures that capture the perpetually evolving nature of nature itself.

A Springfield native and graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, Garofalo has lived in Chicago for more than 30 years. In this time, she has evolved from printmaker to graphic designer to ceramicist, establishing herself across visual art media. She is also an avid gardener, which influences her perception of nature and nature’s influence in her work as an artist. She named this exhibition Uberzootany to reflect the intersection of zoology and botany at the heart of her installations, combined with the German prefix that translates to “increased quantity” or “excess.”

In addition to Garofalo’s work, the DFPA’s exhibition season will include two more distinguished visiting artists: cartoonist Lilli Carré (exhibition will open in December) and multimedia artist Mary Jones (exhibition will open in March). All three exhibitions consider the roles of setting, perspective, and environment in visual art, examining the world around us as an artistic subject.

Uberzootany opens on Thursday evening, September 1, with an opening reception from 5 p.m.to 6:30 p.m., featuring Garofalo in attendance. The reception is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, located at 1131 W. Sheridan Road, on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

The exhibition will also be held in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex. The Annex is open to members of the Loyola community, with valid identification, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and the general public on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., and by appointment. For more information on these exhibitions and other inquiries, please contact boxoffice@luc.edu or 773.508.384, or visit LUC.edu/artsalive.

About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts aligns the creative energies of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to provide quality arts education to students. This interdisciplinary collaboration, and the renovation of two arts facilities on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts on campus. This year’s public programming includes more than 70 innovative events engaging several art forms. For information and events, visit blogs.LUC.edu/artsalive.

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 nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 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, and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 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 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.



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