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SXU Gallery to showcase artwork of Kathy Halper

Exhibit opens Jan. 8 at Saint Xavier University

Chicago (Dec. 12, 2006) – The works of artist Kathy Halper will be featured in “Hand in Hand/Portraits of the Unsung,” an art exhibit opening Monday, Jan. 8, in the SXU Gallery, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 31, will display Halper’s collection of visual tapestries, which combine rich color and textures to narrate stories of forgotten members of society. Using a collage-inspired technique of layering materials, Halper’s images become metaphors for various topics such as nostalgia and estrangement, kinship and intimacy, and strength and uncertainty.

“Using various fabrics and papers as the background of my paintings, I weave figurative subjects into a graphic environment through solid line and form, which assimilates representational details with obscurity and negative space,” Halper said.

An opening lecture and reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the SXU Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Halper, of Highland Park, has exhibited artwork throughout the Chicago area and has received various awards, including the curator’s choice artist in the Around the Coyote Fall Festival. She won first place in “In View,” the member’s show at The Art Center, has been selected as one of the artists of the Illinois Artisans Program, and has had solo exhibits at Gallery Mornea and the ARC Gallery. Halper’s work has been chosen for exhibition by Woman Made Gallery, Johnsonese Gallery, Wag Arts, and Port Clinton Fine Arts Festival, where she was given a Merit Award.

The SXU Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and will be closed Jan. 15. For more information, please contact the SXU Gallery at (773) 298-3081 or visit www.kathyhalper.com.

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