FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Exhibition Showcases Loyola Faculty Members’ Art
Department of Fine and Performing Arts Celebrates Fine Arts Faculty Talent
CHICAGO, September 19, 2012 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) is proud to present its annual Faculty Biennial. The exhibition features a wide variety of work from Loyola’s own full- and part-time faculty, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and digital art, and provides opportunity for faculty to showcase their talents to the community and to the students that they inspire artistically every day.
“One of the things I enjoy most about being a faculty member at Loyola is having an opportunity to give many students a first time art experience at a high level of engagement,” said Patricia Hernes, drawer, painter, and associate professor in the DFPA. “I always come away from each class learning something new from my students. It is definitely an exchange of possibilities.”
Seeing the work of faculty motivates students who are currently in the process of finding their own creative visions. It also gives students and the community an opportunity to see what the Loyola faculty members are up to outside of class and what they are working on in their own sphere of the arts.
“Our Faculty Biennial is a commitment we take seriously in the department. It offers an opportunity to reveal to our students our own creative direction, and our willingness to engage in a critique of our work,” said Frank Vodvarka, DFPA visual arts professor and photographer.
“This is what we ask of them on a daily basis, and it seems only fair that we are willing to commit to an aesthetic stance as we ask them to do so. I also believe it is good to let them know that we too have questions as well as answers.”
“This exhibition will hopefully help confound my least favorite phrase, composed by George Bernard Shaw in his play Man and Superman, ‘those who can, do; those who can’t, teach’,” said Matthew Groves, ceramicist and assistant professor in the DFPA. “It will demonstrate our individual expertise; our shared commitment to deepening our personal understanding of the value and meaning of art, to ourselves and to our community; and it will hopefully inspire our students to continue to want to engage in the artistic process.”
The Faculty Biennial opens Saturday, October 13, and runs through Saturday, November 10. An opening reception will be held Saturday, October 13, at 2 p.m., in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex. Admission to the exhibition and reception is free. This reception will also coincide with the October 13 dedication ceremony of The Newhart Family Theatre, which has been named in honor of Loyola alumnus and comedian Bob Newhart, who graduated from Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business in 1952.
The exhibition space is open to the general public on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., and members of the Loyola community from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with a valid Loyola ID. The Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex is located at 1131 W. Sheridan Avenue, on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.508.3847 with questions or concerns, 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 one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, 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 course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. 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.