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Watercolor paintings of historic Chicago on exhibit

Saint Xavier displays Jack Simmerling's artwork

Chicago (Aug. 7, 2006) – Renowned Beverly artist and author Jack Simmerling will showcase his artwork in an exhibit titled “Chicago’s Storyteller in Pen, Ink and Watercolor,” which opens in the SXU Gallery on Monday, Aug. 21, at Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus at 3700 W. 103rd St.

“Artistically, my overall output is somewhat overshadowed by a time and place that I knew as a young artist almost 60 years ago,” said Simmerling, who will share his watercolor paintings and pen-and-ink drawings of historic landmarks, cityscapes and landscapes.

“I feel compelled to convey a story or message. It might be about a long-lost Chicago landmark, a peaceful afternoon in the Indiana/Michigan Dunes of Lake Michigan or a street in small-town America,” he said.

Although he is inspired by Chicago’s landscape and architecture, Simmerling is also known for his depiction of the natural beauty of the countryside, from his weekend travels to rural Indiana to the vast landscapes of Ireland and England, where he often spends his summers painting and teaching.

A self-described “romantic realist” at heart, Simmerling depicts many of his subjects in suspended animation so that the viewer can share his personal experience. “Without emotions, you are only filling spaces, not creating art for those spaces,” he said.

Simmerling has received numerous professional and academic awards, including an honorary doctorate from Saint Xavier University, the Lauck award in fine arts from the University of Notre Dame, and honorary alumnus of Bradley University, among others. He has also written or co-authored a collection of books on historic topics.

Simmerling will speak about his works at a public lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Saint Xavier’s McGuire Hall. He has invited longtime family friend, Chase Pickering, to speak about his work as an environmental photographer and involvement with the Roots and Shoots program and the Jane Goodall Foundation. Pickering, of North Carolina, has traveled extensively and will bring his message of “Global Action through Youth Passion” to the University community. 

Both the exhibit and lecture are free and open the public. 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.


Contact the Saint Xavier University Art department at (773) 298-3081

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