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Graduating SXU students exhibit artwork in "Colloidal Matter"

Two-part exhibit displays a wide range of media

Chicago (April 4, 2006) – Saint Xavier University’s graduating art majors will showcase their artwork in “Colloidal Matter,” a two-part art exhibit featuring a variety of media. The first part of the exhibit will be held on April 17-25, with an opening reception held on Saturday, April 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. The second part will be held on May 1-9, with an opening reception held on Saturday, May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The exhibits will be on display in the SXU Gallery, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. 

“Students gain exposure to the realities of mounting an exhibition and are responsible for all aspects, from publicity to opening reception arrangements to presentation of their work within a specific space,” said Catherine Ruggie Saunders, associate professor of Art and Design at Saint Xavier University. “Seeing the artwork they developed during an entire academic year ‘come to life’ on the walls of the SXU gallery is a priceless experience they could not have envisioned two semesters ago.” 

The first show of “Colloidal Matter” will feature the artwork of Kathy Panek of Burbank (textile arts and installation); Jessica Soyak of Burbank (screen painting); Ashley Szudarski of Chicago (graphic design and bookmaking); Megan Kowalski of Oak Lawn (magazine design and skateboard graphics); Amelia Leubscher of Evergreen Park (graphic design and packaging design); Jonathan Bartowiak of Chicago Ridge (web design); and Mark Misch of Frankfort (oil painting).

The second show will feature the artwork of Rick Sprague of Willow Springs (video, music and animation); Ricky Warren of Evergreen Park (video); Kevin Gilboy of Oak Lawn (animation); Julie Loven of Chicago (sound, music and video); Heather Lea Healy of Evergreen Park (mixed media and photography); Jacki DiMaggio of Bloomingdale (painting and poetry); Jen Belmonte of Darien (graphic design and posters); Steve Wozniak of Burbank (painting); Jarrod Nowman of Manteno (magazine design); and Patricia Chavez of Burbank (painting and oil pastels, graphic design and posters).

Admission is free and open to the public. The art gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, please contact the Saint Xavier University Art Department at (773) 298-3081.

Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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