The Art Surrounding Campus

Julio Fine Arts Gallery Blog Post  Kristen Koczot  Midterm week is winding down- that means more time to relax and appreciate the artwork that is on Loyola’s campus! If you are walking outside by the chapel, Amy Ritter’s mobile home is still on display. This work is known as a pop-up display . The piece is of a mobile home printed and pasted on cement with wheatpaste. This pop-up is only here for a little while longer so be sure to check it out!  Before entering the gallery take a look at the work displayed in the cases outside the gallery. The current display features artwork created by Chris Lonegan’s watercolor class. The topic for this assignment was structured around portraits. Take a look to see the different perspectives of the students and how each portrait is unique in their own way. The watercolor course offered at Loyola is an upper elective course that a student can take after completing SA224 2D Design or SA225 Drawing.  This month’s exhibit called It Means


Loyola Student Art Competition A partnership of the Fine Arts Department and Loyola Advancement What You Need to Know: This Student Art Competition seeks to recognize and support the creativity of Loyola students. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Loyola Bookstore, and their work will not only be featured in an exhibition in the Student Gallery outside of Boulder 2.0, but will also be digitized and added to a magnet that will be mailed out to THOUSANDS of alumni, donors and friends of Loyola University. Requirements: For this competition, artists are tasked with creating artwork that generates a sense of place at Loyola or a nostalgic reminder of campus. Works could include, but are not limited to, watercolors, sketches, digital artwork, mixed media, sculptures, etc. and can depict a building, statute, bridge or anything that reminds alumni of Loyola. Any medium is eligible, but submissions must be original and must be able to b

The Meaning Behind The Personal

On February 13, Baltimorean artist Jackie Milad's exhibit It Means Desert, Desert  opened at the Julio Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit is vibrant in color, texture, and sound. It is also very pink! When I first was helping install this exhibit, I was honestly a bit confused. Looking at the work, I found myself trying to find the meaning behind the pieces. Why did the artist do this? What is she trying to say here? All of the pieces are in the form of collage and are actually previous works of the artist. Milad has taken these archived works, re-evaluated each one, cut them up, and created new material. And my being confused is exactly what the artist wants. Each aspect of the display is purposely made difficult to see the meaning. It is completely open to interpretation. While each piece has symbols from Milad's imagination and icons with her Egyptian and Honduran heritage, it is very easy to find your own meaning or identity in each piece. The artist wanted the work to be

Parallels in Para11els

The gallery is currently displaying Para11els, which includes the various works of art done by senior students. As being one of the students in the show, I thought I may shed some light on what this show really is about. The name Para11els is an interesting one. The class decided on it last minute after really diving into each other's work. There are 11 of us (hence the 11 in place of the l's that should be there), and while each body of work is very different, they are all very similar. It is funny to me how after working alongside my peers for an entire semester, I only noticed the parallels between each while we discussed installing. The beautiful pieces I had been commenting on over three months all resonated with one another. The biggest parallel is that they are all personal. Each student put a sense of their personal life in their work, whether it be through illnesses or struggles endured, reflection on life thus far, things they care about on a personal level, o

A Different Lens

On December 5th, the show Para11els by our professional practices class opened. This show is a collection of art works from different seniors at Loyola University. I had the privilege to help set up the show and got to hear a snippet of the artists talking about their work. It was so incredibly moving to hear all the artists talk about what their work means to them and how their lives and experiences have impacted the art they decided to put in this show. There are so many different stories and emotions held in the artwork that there is something every one can relate to. So many different collections resonated with me that it would be hard to pick just one to talk about, so I hope that everyone that comes in can find a piece of art to connect to, and I have no doubt that you will be able to. Especially as a student myself, it is nice to see work done by other students and see that even though we are so similar in terms of age we have either a very similar view of the world

Hope Floats

By: Anna Giardino In Foon Sham's exhibit Sea of Hope we get to see the gathering of many messages of faith and strength from hundreds of individuals around the world. The paper boats set for the exhibit hold inside of them messages of hope and strength for those who were struggling with cancer. Each boat was either hand folded by Foon himself or by individuals who decided to take part in his art display. Sea of Hope has been featured all around the world including in China, Australia, and the U.S. The inspiration for this piece stems from Foon's own experience of losing his mother to Cancer. He wanted to give those who were experiencing the emotional effects of fighting cancer a place to go to know that they were not alone on their journey. Sea of Hope gently conveys messages of strength and unity with each additional boat. It is currently installed in the Julio Fine Arts Gallery and is free to the public!

Sea of Hope Inspiration

Foon Sham's Sea of Hope is an installation which is a tribute to his mother who passed away in 2002 after battling cancer. The long wooden vessel is symbolic to the long journey she experienced but also being peaceful. New origami boats are being added every day with messages of hope for loved ones who have or are currently suffering from cancer. Stop by the art gallery anytime to experience this unique, amazing exhibit and to write your own message of hope!