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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Analog Sign Painting: Dead or Alive? Displays Traditional Sign Techniques
Loyola University Chicago Exhibits Work of Chicago Artist Stephen Reynolds
CHICAGO, September 25, 2013 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) continues their 2013–2014 visual arts exhibition season on October 10 in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex with Analog Sign Painting: Dead or Alive?
This exhibition features a collection of work produced by Chicago artist Stephen Reynolds. Reynolds utilizes traditional sign painting techniques to execute commissioned works for major museums, cultural institutions, businesses, and individual artists throughout the United States and Europe. The exhibition will include a collection of printed images from Reynolds’s portfolio, as well as a specially commissioned hand-painted window created on site, to demonstrate the artist’s refined technique, insight, and creativity.
“Sign painting is quickly becoming a lost art, overtaken by vinyl signs created on the computer,” said Nicole Ferentz, director of fine arts at Loyola. “Reynolds’s 30-year career represents a perfect blend of fine and applied arts.”
As contemporary art and the world at-large evolve in an increasingly digital direction, artists with highly refined analog skills become increasingly rare. Reynolds brings his knowledge of typestyles, graphics, and period signs to the creation of fine art and design, practicing his trade using time-honored hand-crafts, and making a living at it.
Reynolds was also featured in the 2010 documentary Sign Painters, by filmmakers Faythe Levin and Sam Macon. In conjunction with his exhibition, the documentary will have a special showing at Loyola’s Damen Student Center Cinema on October 17 at 6 p.m. with free admission to the Loyola community and $5 general public admission. The cinema is located at 6511 N. Sheridan Road.
Analog Sign Painting: Dead or Alive? opens Thursday, October 10, and runs through Saturday, November 16. An opening reception will be held Thursday, October 10, at 5 p.m., in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex. Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.
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 Road, on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.508.8400 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 100 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 nearly 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 or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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