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A Deeper Look

This week marks the closing of Stelae by René Triviño.
Because of this I want to take a moment to reflect on the amazing pieces we’ve been seeing.
Specifically my favorite piece of the collection, entitled Embrace 1. It is a piece I can clearly see from my seat at the desk and have consequently
spent hours of my time this week studying.
Something about it calls out to me, the way two bodies are entwined and almost look as they are one,
the flow and twist of their bodies, it’s intriguing and I feel I could look at for hours on end.
This time spent looking at the piece has been very beneficial to understanding it and coming to my own
definition of the piece, which to me is the most important thing about art, not only the meaning behind it to
the artist but also the meaning to the viewer.  Sometimes we are able to resonate with the artists meaning behind the art but sometimes we have such
different life experiences that we can’t resonate with the arts meaning. When this happens it’s important…

All About the Details

Each time I have walked in the gallery these past few weeks, I have been in awe. When it comes to any type of art, an artist works hard on the details. But Stelae by René Treviño is something else.

The amount of detail that was put into each work is incredible. No matter how many times I look at the giant pink wall full of flies or any of the work on leather, I find something I hadn't seen before.

As an artist myself, I applaud René for the time and patience it took him to do this. Each of the over 1000 flies is so intricately detailed with gold and rhinestones and meticulously placed on the wall creating a pattern that creates an aesthetically pleasing display. The amount of time it took boggles my mind, but if no one has told him before, it was worth every second.

On the bigger pieces, I love the intense detail that was put into each one with the glitter and color. Each accent is placed perfectly and adds so much to the work. The use of multimedia with paint, stitchings, leather…

Ballplayers in Love

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My Perception of Stelae

Previously within my Freshman and Sophomore years at Loyola, I worked as a Desk Assistant at the Julio Fine Arts Gallery. There isn't a time I can recall in which an exhibition was as vibrantly colored as the gallery is through Stelae. Before the exhibition was finalized, I had the opportunity of assisting René Treviño in completing the pink wall where flies are scattered. In retrospect, my interaction with the artist allowed me to make parallels of his work to his personality. While it may seem cliche, I found that René's personality was quite colorful as well, despite me not previously meeting him. In a sense, that is the feeling his exhibition resembles-how the use of vibrant and unexpected colors allows visitors to feel welcome in an unknown place. Additionally, the pastel colors used which contrast to gold and black light up the gallery, proving a point that color can affect our mood.
My favorite aspect of the Stelae exhibition is the pink wall, due to the way it highligh…

Welcome Back!

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Megan Rook-Koepsel here, Julio Fine Arts Gallery Director, welcoming everyone to a new year, and a new set of awesome exhibitions! This year we will experience work that engages us to think about things from historical representation, to identity, to loss and memory, to value and what gets valued in the world. In addition, we have the great privilege to show off plenty of work by our incredibly talented Fine Arts students AND faculty. Keep your eyes and ears open for news of awesome events to accompany these exhibitions--receptions, artist talks, panel discussions, and more! It's going to be a great year!

I'm going to get out of the way now as we begin to get our student run blog underway--I just wanted to stop in and say hello while the gallery's stellar student gallery assistants get their feet under them and prepare a whole slew of new posts for your reading pleasure. Our blog is meant to be a resource for more information about each exhibition we present--a kind of de…
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Behold How Eloquent I Am In My Silence: The Art of Sughra Hussainy

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Behold How Eloquent I Am In My Silence The Art of Sughra Hussainy
Sughra Hussainy attended the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, from 2011 - 2014.  This school trains artists in traditional techniques to revive and preserve the cultural heritage of Afghanistan.  In 2016, Hussainy showed pieces in the Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan exhibition at the Smithsonian's Freer/Slacker Gallery.  This exhibition brought success for Hussainy, but her growing artistic reputation combined with her desire to bring about social change put her life in danger.  In 2017, she was told that it was unsafe for her to return to Afghanistan, so she has remained in the states since.  Hussainy enrolled in the Maryland Institute College of Art's MFA in Community Art Program in the Fall of 2018.  She lives and works in Baltimore.


Sughra Hussainy is trained in Afghani and Islamic styles of art including miniature painting, calligraphy, and illumination.  This exhibition follows …