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.
Meghann Sottile: "Traced Hallows"
Presentation by the artist and reception: Wednesday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m.
Meghann Sottile is a sculptor and metalsmith currently residing in Chicago. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both metalworking and art education. She is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and Crafthaus and has won multiple awards for her art. Currently, she works at Columbia College Chicago in the design department as an instructional specialist for the fabrication facility.
Speaking of her work, Meghann says: "I remember attending Catholic mass when I was younger and being captivated by the beautiful and elaborate reliquaries that housed sacred relics. The impression these shrines left was lasting, and I find myself returning to the ideas they held. Now, utilizing family heirlooms and prized found objects, I seek to find my own hallowed places. These treasures, left behind to discover, allow me to investigate their origins and my own connection to the objects around me. By employing both traditional and contemporary metalsmithing techniques I am able to craft ornate and imaginative vessels to house these personal relics, offering them both a powerful place to rest and a place within my own sacred vocabulary."
Karen Ami: "Birth Marks"
Presentation by the Artist and Reception: Wednesday, September 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Karen Ami is a Chicago artist, the founder and director of the Chicago Mosaic School, and the president emeritus of The Society of American Mosaic Artists. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has exhibited internationally, including Japan, Italy, France and Turkey. Her work will be included in SOFA Chicago in November 2017.
Karen describes her art as "a continuing battle between the symbolic heart and all that it represents about love, life and eternity. The reality of that fragile organ is as delicate as a leaf, transitory and an integral part of the natural world. Her work explores the balance between organ and plant, beauty and ugliness, pain and pleasure, life and death, and love and loss."
In her latest series of works, she has "developed a narrative language that uniquely combines a fascination with drawing, mosaic, ceramic and carving. The black and white mosaics merge references to organs and plants with cuts and scratches. The scars from these marks demonstrate both injury (revealing something beneath) and the subsequent healing process.
These compositions combine rich surfaces and bio-morphic forms, exposing complex and primitive stories of transformation and regeneration. The destruction and repair in Ami's unique process is a metaphor for the life cycle and how the world can become whole."
Yvette Kaiser Smith: "Variable Expressions of a Constant"
Presentation by the Artist and Reception: Wednesday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m.
Please note: the gallery is closed for Thanksgiving break, November 22-26.
Yvette Kaiser Smith is an artist of international repute, with an exhibition record including venues in Germany, China, Italy, England and across the U.S. She has done numerous public commissions and is represented in collections such as Eastman Chemical Company, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, and the Elmhurst Art Museum. Her grants, awards and residencies include the Ragdale Foundation, an Artist's Fellowship through the Illinois Arts Council, several Community Arts Assistance Program Grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Connoisseurs Award in the North American Sculpture Exhibition in Colorado.
In addition, Yvette's work has been featured in a wide-ranging group of over 75 print and online publications.
Of her work, she says: "I create geometric abstractions by devising systems for mapping and visualizing numerical values of sequences from the numbers pi and e, prime numbers and at times, Fibonacci numbers and Pascal's Triangle, while utilizing grids and repetition of simple geometric shapes.
Majority of my past works are wall-based, geometric, crocheted fiberglass constructions in which Pascal's Triangle and/or value of digits from specific sequences define spatial relationships and color distribution. Recently, I began exploring new systems of mapping sequences, anchored in drawing with various media on panel and variety of papers. These 2D works range from simple notations as graph plots to complex layered patterns that visualize hundreds of digits. This exploration led to a new body of work in laser-cut acrylic-sheet with template-like cut outs, with some stacking, and use of shallow (up to 1.5") nylon spacers. Here, simple geometric shapes and panel placement plot numerical values.
My studio practice was solely dedicated to the crocheted fiberglass for 20 years. The works in this exhibition, created within the past 18 months, are a first real effort to expand my material/artistic vocabulary. Every material and process has its own specific way of articulating a notation and should demand its own unique system for visualizing the math. I look for new systems within the use of new materials. This group is a first step into a new adventure."
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 Fall 2017 Building Hours
Students taking Art and Design classes at SXU can gain access to the Visual Arts Center with their student ID's this fall 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.