FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kristin Trehearne Lane
Director of Public Programming
Dept. of Fine & Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts Announces New Visual Exhibition
Formal | Loose | Painting Features Samantha Bittman, Michelle Bolinger, and Anna Kunz
CHICAGO, February 12, 2015 — Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts announces the opening of Formal | Loose | Painting. Curated by Jennifer Murray, the exhibition focuses on contemporary practices in abstraction: explorations in form, material, and color, and the construction and deconstruction of space through visual language.
“Visual language is the basic vocabulary of line, shape, color, and texture,” said Murray. “In this exhibition, this language is used to negotiate different things, including space.”
The exhibition features work from three Chicago artists: Samantha Bittman, Michelle Bolinger, and Anna Kunz.
Bittman creates textiles as the unconventional canvas for her paintings, employing strict geometric optics with the organic nature of the hand-woven. Bittman’s work has been widely exhibited, most recently at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago and Greenpoint Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
Bolinger’s painted abstractions of her observations of space and landscape create playful layers of color and shape. Her work has most recently been displayed at Lloyd Dobler Gallery in Chicago and Francine Seders Gallery in Seattle.
Kunz creates works on paper, paintings, sculptures, installations, and projects that are based on the rectangle. She also often uses painted and dyed fabrics to capture and manipulate light and color. Her work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions, most recently at Terrain Projects in Oak Park, Illinois and Munch Gallery in New York City.
Formal | Loose | Painting opens Thursday, February 19 and runs through Saturday, April 11. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 19 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.
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 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 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.