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Saint Xavier University to Explore Meaning Behind the Medium

Jeffrey A. Nigro to give presentation March 23

CHICAGO (Feb. 25, 2005) – Saint Xavier University is hosting Jeffrey A. Nigro, director of adult programs in the department of museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in the SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center on Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Nigro will present “Looking at Devotional Art,” which will shed light on images of Christ in art.

Nigro’s exploration of the myriad concepts of God in art, including Jewish-influenced and pagan-influenced perspectives, will help explain the underlying themes of the Gallery’s current exhibit, “Collector’s Items.” The private collection of Sandra and Robert Bowden consists of depictions of Christ from the 16th century to the present and includes 75 pieces from artists like Albrecht Durer and George Rouault. “Collector’s Items” will run from March 21 until April 12.

Nigro has lectured on numerous subjects for a variety of organizations, including the Peoria Fine Arts Society, The Jane Austen Society of North America and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, Nigro received the Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service from the Art Institute of Chicago.

The SXU Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Gallery will be closed Easter weekend, March 25-March 27. Call 773-298-3021 for more information.

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