FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine & Performing Arts
Loyola Presents Urban Illustrator and Multimedia Artist Mary Jones
Artist’s Exhibition Displays Urban Life of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus
CHICAGO, March 5, 2012 – On March 15, multimedia artist and former Chicagoan Mary Jones will turn her keen observing eye to Loyola University Chicago’s Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, and create an elaborate representation of our neighborhood’s defining thoroughfare. The windows of the Annex will transform into a subjective mirror reflecting an urban reality rooted in perception and personal connection.
Jones currently lives and works outside of Des Moines, Iowa, and chairs the Department of Art & Design at Grand View University. She teaches courses in printmaking, book arts, typography, and the history of graphic design, among others. Before relocating to Iowa in 2001, Jones spent most of her professional career in Chicago. In addition to her teaching at the Institute of Art & Design and Robert Morris College, she worked independently as an illustrator with clients such as the Chicago Tribune, Playboy, Scott Foresman, and Albert Whitman & Co. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States, and she is represented by the Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago.
Jones received an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and a BFA in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She first moved to Chicago after college, where she found herself wandering the streets and inspired by urban life. Jones came to identify with the voyeuristic city-dwellers of nineteenth century Paris, embodying the flâneuse as both spectator and spectacle. Perceptions of city life here in Chicago continue to inform her work today as she attempts to reconcile her insider and outsider perspectives.
The exhibition opens on Thursday evening, March 15, with a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex at 1131 W. Sheridan Road, on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park. The exhibition runs through April 21.
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 exhibitions at the Annex, please contact BoxOffice@LUC.edu or 773.508.3847, or visit blogs.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
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.