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Saint Xavier University hosts exhibit by John Pitman Weber

Chicago artist to display paintings, ceramic reliefs and woodcuts

CHICAGO (Oct. 20, 2005) –Saint Xavier University will host a new art exhibit beginning Oct. 31.  The work of John Pitman Weber, co-founder of the Chicago Public Art Group, will be featured.

The exhibit, titled Lamentations and Memories, will feature acrylic paintings, ceramic reliefs and woodcuts. In addition, an artist’s lecture and opening reception will be held in the gallery on Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. 

Best known for his public displays, Weber has been producing artwork for over 30 years. His work has been displayed at several art galleries including A Shenere Velt Gallery in Los Angeles and the Koehnline Gallery of Oakton Community College. He has also created several mosaic works that are on display at Sabin School and the Beth-Anne Campus of Bethel New Life in Chicago.  

Weber, who is also a professor of art at Elmhurst College, draws inspiration for his art from the connections he sees between his life and the world around him. “Each year, I see my artwork more clearly as Jewish commentary, a way to look at the big world and at my little world, full of anxiety and unresolved contradiction. We are haunted by the distant post-colonial world, the big river of humanity, crushed by violence, but bursting with irrepressible demand and affirmation. Since a recent visit to Israel/Palestine, voices of the dispossessed fill my waking dreams. I try to listen, to translate.”

The exhibit will run through Nov. 21. Both the exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the art department at (773) 298-3081.

The SXU Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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