Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

Art and Design

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.

August 22 - September 14, 2016

Tatjana Jovancevic-Tracing the Inscape
Presentation by the artist and reception are on Wednesday, September 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Tatjana JovancevicTatjana Jovancevic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the republics in former Yugoslavia. She came to the United States in 1991 as an exchange student. While she was in the United States, war broke out in her homeland, and she ended up staying to finish her schooling. She currently resides in Chicago.

Jovancevic's art is influenced by the effects of being an individual from a war-torn country, as well as by her inner reflection and examination. As such an individual, she delves into the themes of detachment, seeking of true home, lost sense of identity and pursuit of belonging and reconciliation.

"By making art I give thanks for the talent I'm striving to steward, reciprocating the gift of an opportunity to create. In the end there is a sense of redemption. Idea and feelings are given a physical presence and new life and so is the artist."

September 28 - October 24, 2016

Michael Hedges: Paintings
Presentation by the artist and the reception are on Wednesday, October 5 at 3:30 p.m.

CosmosArtist Statement: "My paintings are a synthesis of color, line, form and texture. They begin as a problem of two or more color relationships to be explored through form. The form is loosely defined by a drawing that acts as a skeleton and ecto-skeleton both beneath and above the finished work. The application of the media to the painting surface is of utmost importance to me. The paint is applied with great bursts of energy, creating a surface, if I am successful, that is supercharged with texture and color. I work multiple, usually around 10, paintings at the same time, all centered on the original problem. This multiple approach allows me to go in different directions, very quickly building the energy that is critical to a successful painting. I strive to create intense, even and stunning color relationships that are balanced by form and texture into a controlled elegance. The challenge here is to create a vibration in the work that energizes it without separating."

Biography: Michael Hedges was born and raised in Oak Park. While in high school, he spent two years studying at the Art Institute of Chicago before going on to receive his B.A. in studio art from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in 1998. Since graduation from Loras, Hedges has been exhibiting and selling his artwork throughout the Chicagoland area. In addition to gallery showings, pieces of his work hang permanently in corporations throughout the Chicagoland area and Iowa and have sold into private collections.

November 9 - December 5, 2016

Carlos Barberena: Promised Land: Woodcuts and Relief Prints
Presentation by the artist and reception are on Wednesday, November 9 at 3:30 p.m.

Please note that the gallery is closed for Thanksgiving break, November 23-27.Four horseman

Carlos Barberena is a Nicaraguan self-taught printmaker based in Chicago and a member of the Outlaw Printmakers. He is co-founder of the printmaking project La Calaca Press in Chicago, and his prints are virtuoso relief images, often laced with sarcasm and irony.

He has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and the USA.

He has received various awards, most notably the National Printmaking Award in 2013 given by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture and the award poster for the Ecology and Human Rights in Banana Plantations in Costa Rica, given by GEBANA in Berlin.

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 Sounders at 772-298-3087.

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 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. - 9:30 p.m.

9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

3 - 7 p.m.

3 - 7 p.m.