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Loyola University Chicago Begins Visual Arts Season with Mysterious Possessions
Department of Fine and Performing Arts Displays Works by Chicago Artist Patricia Hernes

CHICAGO, August 26, 2015 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) is proud to open its 2015–2016 visual arts exhibition season with Mysterious Possessions.

The exhibition features drawings from local artist Patricia Hernes that invites viewers to consider the intellectual dialogue between real and imaginary objects, drawing attention to the juxtaposition of unrelated objects. Defying traditional classification, this exhibit, curated by Loyola fine arts instructor Jennifer Murray, gives insight to artifacts that make viewers rethink the world around them.

By utilizing objects like rattles, medicine bundles, and amulets, Hernes’s works encourage viewers to think twice about their own sentimental artifacts. She is also inspired by nature, analyzing how life cycles mirror human counterparts, so viewers can contemplate their own existence.

“[Nature is] complex and sometimes disturbing,” says Hernes. “Perhaps if we consider how the natural world behaves, we can gain insights into our own good or bad behaviors.”

Mysterious Possessions opens Thursday, August 27 and runs through Saturday, September 26. An opening reception will be held Thursday, August 27 at 5 p.m. in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex. Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.

The exhibit space is open to the public 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 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 11 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, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. 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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