Loyola Fine Arts Program Senior Exhibition

Loyola Exhibition

Loyola’s advanced student artists display their artistic nature and the results of four years’ academic nurturing in this year’s Senior Exhibition. Graduating students in the Fine Arts program exhibit recent creations including ceramics, painting, drawing, digital prints, photography, jewelry, installation and mixed media. As graduation looms near, students are challenged to create and display an entirely new body of work. Don’t miss this opportunity to wish our senior students farewell as they pack up their portfolios to explore the world of art beyond Loyola’s walls.

The Newhart Promenade is the gallery space of the Newhart Family Theatre. Located after the glass entrance doors, the promenade provides patrons with a comfortable space to enjoy their theatrical experience before, during intermission, and after the performance. The Promenade will be open 9 AM – 6PM Monday-Friday and closed on weekends.

The Gallery is open to the Loyola community during normal business hours Monday-Friday. On Saturdays from 12-4 PM the Gallery is open to the public.

The exhibition opening is a part of the 2014 Weekend of Excellence, as well as our 2013-14 exhibition series.

Website: blogs.luc.edu/artsalive/portfolio/senior-exhibition-2014/

Iceland Inspired


Iceland Inspired, another intriguing exhibition, opened Saturday, March 22 at ZIA Gallery. Artists are finding their way to Iceland and discovering its unique features and fascinating geotectonic geology. Photographer and environmentally aware John Vlahakis and mixed media painter Jonathan Ricci recently spent extended time in Iceland creating considerable bodies of work. Last summer, Ricci turned a two-month artist’s residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland into a productive period developing paintings infused with color, abstract references to land, maps and bird-life. Works conceived from that time is on exhibit at ZIA Gallery. John Vlahakis chose February as the month to compose remarkable images including a number of large-scale photographs. His work elicits frequent expressions of awe. Internationally acclaimed National Geographic photographer Bob Krist and mixed-media painter Anne Hughes serve as bookends to the exhibition, contributing a few special works also developed from time spent in Iceland. The exhibition runs through April 26th, 2014. See how Iceland is influencing artists in Iceland Inspired.

Pictured are John Vlahakis’ large scale photograph Surf and Jonathan Ricci’s acrylic and collage on canvas Cold Heat: Purple Mountains-JJ’s Journey. Both artists were in attendance and enjoyed meeting the public. In addition, ZIA was pleased to welcome Icelandic Vice-Consul Einar Steinsson and his wife to the opening.

Website: www.ZIAgallery.net

Mia Capodilupo: Burst

Roman Susan Press Release - Mia Capodilupo - Burst - April 5 to April 26, 2014

Mia Capodilupo: Burst
April 5, 2014 – April 26, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5, 2014 // 7PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays-Wednesdays 2-5PM, Thursdays 5-8PM, and by appointment

Mia Capodilapo is a sculptor, installation artist, and video maker. In her work, Mia employs various types of human-made materials to create dynamic forms referencing naturally occurring objects, urban landscapes, the environment, and the body.

This installation turns industrial and residential detritus into a series of pieces that weave the architecture of the space together, filtering into every corner of the space and spreading like organic matter. Mia creates a tactile landscape using furniture, industrial pipes, doors and windows, magazines, disassembled clothing, beads, carpet, prescription drugs and drywall. One central idea is the imaginary world made from ordinary materials and the urban landscape, where empty storefronts, abandoned buildings and discarded objects become escapist fantasy worlds where the familiar and comfortable are transformed into something alien. The work borrows from both the conceptual and the vernacular.

For further info: 

http://romansusan.org/burst | http://www.miacstudio.com |http://romansusan.org/1224-West-Loyola or contact Nathan Smith:gallery@romansusan.org

PAPER JAM – One Year Anniversary Group Show

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Vertical Gallery is proud to present their one-year anniversary show PAPER JAM. The gallery has partnered with Australian print house Stupid Krap for the exhibition and is curated by artist Ben Frost. The show will feature an international line-up of artists including: Shark Toof (US), Anthony Lister (AU), James Jirat Patradoon (AU), Chris Cunningham (UK), Greg Gossel (US), Ben Frost (AU), Hebru Brantley (US), Denial (CA), Copyright (UK), Taylor White (US), Mark Drew (AU), Bridge Stehli (UK), Mysterious Al (UK), Michael Cain (AU), Dale Keogh (AU), Colin Van Der Sluijs (NL), and Numskull (AU). The exhibition is April 5 – 26, 2014, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 5, 6 – 10pm.

The show theme, PAPER JAM, is based on asking the artists to each contribute 10 – 13” x 19” works on paper, in addition having prints from Stupid Krap, and other original works from select artists. The 650 sq ft Ukrainian Village gallery will be filled with work and have something for all levels of collectors.

“When Patrick asked for me and Stupid Krap to be involved, we were excited to bring an international line-up to Chicago and introduce our print house to a wider audience”, said artist-curator Ben Frost. “I look forward to meeting everyone at the opening. Who knows what work we’ll receive from around the world, but I guarantee you won’t want to miss it!”

“I am very excited to be working with Ben and this dynamic group of artists for our anniversary show – it is a perfect representation of the different styles of artists we represent at our gallery”, added Patrick Hull, owner of Vertical Gallery. “It has been a great year since we opened. We are very thankful for the support and positive response we’ve received from all of our friends, neighbors, collectors, artists, and press.”

About Vertical Gallery:

Vertical Gallery focuses on work influenced by urban environments, street art, pop culture, and illustration. By bringing together local, national and international artists in eleven dynamic solo and group shows each year, Vertical Gallery encourages collectors and casual viewers into the exploration and discussion of urban-contemporary art. The gallery is located in Chicago at 1016 N. Western Avenue in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood, and online at www.verticalgallery.com . They are open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm, or by appointment.

PAPER JAM – One Year Anniversary Group Show
Opening Reception – Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 6:00 – 10:00pm
Showing through April 26.
1016 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Kieran McGonnell: Round Trip Ticket

“Choreography” oil on canvas

Ugly Step Sister Art Gallery, Chicago, IL: April 11 – July 6, 2014
First Installment Reception: Friday, April 11, 6-10pm
Second Installment Reception: Friday, May 9, 6-10pm

Ugly Step Sister Art Gallery is pleased to present, Kieran McGonnell: Round Trip Ticket, a major 3-month exhibition showcasing the 20+ year span body of work created by the late prolific artist.

The first month of the exhibition, opening April 11, 6-10pm, will feature many of his early works on paper and canvas which were heavily influenced by the medieval Celtic mythology of his native homeland of Ireland: large watercolors and oils awash with gorgeous colors evoking haunting visual forms reminiscent of Beckett and Yeats.

The second installment of the show, opening May 9th, 6-10pm, will focus on his later, more well-known and “accessible” subject matter: vibrantly colored and evocative koi fish, butterflies, bicycles, buses and Warholian Pop Art designs juxtaposed over concentric circles of celebrity icons and witty social commentary. Also to be prominently featured in the show are some amazing never-before-exhibited portraits and multimedia works painted in acrylic on mini-blinds, originally created as backdrops for stage productions for leading modern dance companies.

Born in Cork City, Ireland in 1967, Kieran McGonnell came to the United States to study Art and Art History at Hunter College in New York City. It was around this time Kieran met his life partner, Gregg Driben, who convinced him to quit his day job and paint full time. Kieran developed his technique over a long period of time and worked ‘round the clock nonstop, always striving to perfect his craft. By using a combination of hand made oil colors and industrial spray paints, he created thought provoking works that are unique with a vibrant finish. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Kieran and Gregg decided to leave New York and bought a home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They returned to NYC a few years later, only to leave NYC for good in 2010 to move to Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Kieran’s tragic accident happened weeks later and he died at the age of 43 in January 2011 due to complications following a traumatic head injury.

McGonnell developed a large underground following in NYC, Chicago, Ireland and beyond. His work remains highly sought after and was featured extensively on both sides of the Atlantic and has been profiled in numerous publications throughout the US and in Ireland, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, L.A. Times, Irish Tribune and Irish Business Post.  In an article entitled ‘Top 40 under 40’, McGonnell was selected as one of the top Irish success stories living in the US today. His work was used as the backdrop for the Fall 2000 New York Fashion previews for the prominent Men’s Fashion Magazine, D.N.R.  He also painted stage designs for Sean Curran Modern Dance Company’s “Six Laments”, which has been touring the U.S. since its premiere at Jacob’s Pillow Modern Dance Festival in 1999.

Ugly Step Sister Art Gallery, 1750 S. Union Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
Website:  www.uglystepsisterartgallery.com