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SXU art exhibit features works of Deirdre Schanen

Artist displays her large abstract paintings

Chicago (Sept. 11, 2006) – The works of artist Deirdre Schanen will be featured in an art exhibit titled “No Soldiers in the Scenery: Abstract Paintings by Deirdre Schanen,” which opens Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Saint Xavier University’s SXU Gallery, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 18, will display Schanen’s large, colorful abstract paintings, which were influenced by her childhood on the shores of Lake Michigan.

“I love painting large canvases because it is so easy to become physically involved with the work,” Schanen said. “Everything is done big: large brush strokes, immense areas of color, lots of room to make many different markings or to just paste something on. I can’t just sit and quietly dabble paint. I need to stand, reach, dance with the canvas.”

Schanen will discuss the creative process at an opening lecture and reception at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the SXU Gallery. Both the exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public. 

“My paintings are not planned but develop while I work on them. I never know how or where they will end but trust that ultimately, they will contain my experiences,” she said.

“My art reflects my world filtered through my heart. I do not plan my art but, rather, develop it as I work,” Schanen said. “Something in me knows where I’m going. Painting for me is a state of being. I paint what I am.”

Schanen earned her master of art from William Paterson University in N.J. and studied at the Art Students League of New York.

The SXU Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please contact the Saint Xavier University art department at (773) 298-3081 or visit www.deirdreschanen.com. 


Contact SXU Gallery at 773-298-3081

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