FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kristin Trehearne Lane
Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
DIY/XX Highlights Self-published Works by Women
Loyola University Chicago exhibits graphic novels, mini comics, and zines
CHICAGO, October 13, 2014 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) continues its 2014-15 exhibition season with DIY/XX, featuring a unique combination of writing, drawing, and do-it-yourself (DIY) resourcefulness in graphic novels, mini comics, and zines from local and self-published women artists.
The exhibit, curated by Tom Greensfelder and Nicole Hollander, demonstrates the use of new publishing methods, including print-on-demand, silkscreen, and the new, venerable technology of the Xerox machine. The comic-related drawings and texts give voice to imagination and tales of adventure, as well as struggles with illness, childhood, and relationships.
“Because the [comic] format is usually small, the stories tend to be focused and fresh,” said Greensfelder. “A raw story calls for raw art.”
Pieces in the exhibition emulate the haphazard collections of Greensfelder, a Chicago-based graphic designer, and Hollander, an American cartoonist most famous for her comic strip, Sylvia,syndicated by Tribune Media Services.
“It is important for women to see other women artists recognized by exhibiting their work,” said Hollander. “I hope this exhibition encourages, supports, and excites people who love cartoons.”
DIY/XX opens Thursday, October 23 and runs through Saturday, January 17, 2015. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 23 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. 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.
– Loyola –