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Miles to Empty Examines American Society Through Art
Loyola University Chicago exhibits work of sculptor Shannon Goff  

CHICAGO, August 6, 2014 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) begins its 2014-15 exhibition season with Miles to Empty, featuring work from sculptor Shannon Goff.

Goff will craft a full-scale 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V automobile from cardboard. Used as a metaphor for the complexities of American life, Goff urges viewers to re-examine American society’s fixations on power, luxury, convenience, and autonomy.

“It was a status symbol for my grandfather and he likely viewed it as a reward for decades of hard work,” Goff said. “At the same time, the car embodied the excess of its era and it seems in retrospect to be a tone-deaf response to the tumultuous era to which it belonged.”

Titled Miles to Empty, the word is a reference to a then brand-new feature of the car: a digital readout, which presented the car’s remaining fuel supply in real time.

“The phrase ‘miles to empty’ in this context makes me think of the ominous clouds on the horizon of any booming financial era, whether it be the years just before the Great Depression or the economic and energy crises that erupted in 1979,” Goff said. “From where I’m sitting, our present moment has its own ominous feeling about it.”

Goff received a BFA from University of Michigan, pursued post-baccalaureate studies at Kyoto Seika University in Japan, and received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2003. She currently lives in State College, Pennsylvania, where she is an assistant professor of sculpture and ceramics at Penn State University. Goff’s work has been exhibited in locations throughout the world including Beijing, Berlin, and Chicago.

Miles to Empty opens Tuesday, August 26 and runs through Saturday, October 18. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 4 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 boxoffice@luc.edu 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. More than 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 GraduateSchool. 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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