Visual Arts at SXU
Saint Xavier recognizes that the fine arts are the heart and soul of academics and should be celebrated. Please refer to the different locations around campus where art is exhibited and changed periodically.
The SXU Gallery
Located in L-114 of the Warde Academic Center, the SXU Gallery showcases the artwork of local, regional, national and international professional artists throughout the academic year. We strive to present a variety of styles and media with six exhibits that often amplify University-wide initiatives, complement curricular programming and witness the integration of art and spirituality. Shows are accompanied by a welcoming reception and a presentation by the artist. These exhibits, open to the public as well as the University community, present a sophisticated caliber of visual expression, as well as inspiring stimuli for our students.
"Art that Works for a Living: Illustrations by Thomas Gianni"
Presentation by the artist and reception: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.
Please Note: The SXU Gallery will be closed Monday, January 15.
Thomas Gianni is the official courtroom sketch artist for WGN-TV, CNN, NBC, WTTW, and Chicago Tonight, having covered the Rod Blagojevich trial, Michael Jordan vs. Safeway, and the Jennifer Hudson family murder trial. His illustration expertise also includes book covers for Random House and the Robert E. Howard Foundation, cover art for Moonstone Comics and the Harry Potter Collectable Card Game. A mural he painted resides in the Children's Literature Room of the Eisenhower Public Library.
Mr. Gianni describes himself as "a working artist. The work I do is known as illustration. The origin of the word 'Illustration' comes from Latin meaning to illuminate, to shed light upon, to make something clear. Illustration is a way to illuminate through imagery. It is visual story telling. The prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux and such like places are illustrations. To this day those primitive yet sublime images painted by some ancient hand continue to illuminate, to tell us stories of primordial existence. The stained glass windows in the great cathedrals of Europe tell stories from the Bible, not for the glory of God, but for the edification of Humankind. Michelangelo did the same with the Sistine Ceiling. Rembrandt was a story teller, as was Van Gogh and Norman Rockwell. That is quite a lineage. I consider my self to be in mighty good company for I too, tell stories. My illustration is my art, my work, my life."
Laurie Shaman: "Drawn to Clay"
Gallery Talk by the artist and reception: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.
Please Note: The SXU Gallery will be closed for Spring Break: March 5-11.
Laurie Shaman is a Chicago-based artist, whose ceramic work is shown regularly in galleries and exhibitions across the country. It can also be seen in two Lark publications: The Best of 500 Ceramics and 500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form. When she was Director of Lill Street's gallery, she curated dozens of group and solo exhibitions involving ceramic artists of local and national prominence. In 2009, she created a six-panel ceramic mural "In the Swim," commissioned by the Public Art Program, City of Chicago, now installed and on view at the Hayes Park Natatorium in the Ashburn-Wrightwood community. Ms. Shaman states "I make tabletop and wall pieces in porcelain or stoneware using primarily slab-built techniques, with an eye on developing shapes and contours that best provide the surface for my hand drawn imagery. These forms thus become a canvas for depicting scenes that combine my interests in travel, art history and the natural world. The vases, vessels and wall pieces I make today evolved naturally over time from a strong foundation producing utilitarian pottery, as well as having an ongoing practice of creating works on paper with a variety of drawing techniques. These once separate pursuits have been the basis of my ceramic work, and combined, produce for me the greatest satisfaction: merging the painted surface to three-dimensional form."
Graduating Senior Art and Design Majors Thesis Exhibition
SXU Senior Art and Design students will unveil year-long projects, the visual result of their capstone exploration of a thesis of their choice, in a media of their choice. Exhibition planning and installation in the SXU Gallery provides the Seniors with a true-to-life professional career experience, while culminating their academic Art and Design studies at SXU.
Exact dates, student names, images of their work to come.
The Visual Arts Center Gallery
Located off campus within the Visual Arts Center at 10435 South Spaulding, the Visual Arts Center Gallery is dedicated to showcasing student and alumni artwork. Since the production of art is best complemented with the exhibition of that work, the VAC Gallery offers the opportunity for students to experience the rigors and joy of presenting their art to the public.
Formerly a church, the building has been converted into an art "sanctuary" of teaching studios, lecture/meeting rooms, a student/alumni Gallery and a state of the art computer lab. Parking is limited to faculty and staff. Shuttle service is provided on a regular basis during the academic semester. For more information please contact Gallery Director, Cathie Ruggie Saunders at 773-298-3087.
The CIDAT Lounge
Located in the Warde Academic Building, the CIDAT Lounge has a large faceted viewing screen that showcases time-based media from students in computer graphics, multi-media and animation classes. For more information please contact the Chair of Art and Design, Nathan Peck at 773-298-3876.
The Bishop Quarter Room
Located in the Stump Library, the Bishop Quarter Room also showcases students' work from various other courses. Oftentimes two or three students join together to thematically create an exhibit. Such group exhibits are frequently celebrated with a small reception. For more information please contact the Chair of Art and Design, Nathan Peck at 773-298-3876.
VAC Spring 2018 Building Hours
Students taking Art and Design classes at SXU can gain access to the Visual Arts Center with their student ID's this spring during the following times. Anyone without swipe access can contact Jeanne Hallaren, office manager, at ext. 3081 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday to gain access.
9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Noon - 9 p.m.
3 - 9 p.m.