Visual Arts at SXU
Saint Xavier recognizes that the fine arts are the heart and soul of academics and should be celebrated. Please refer to the different locations around campus where art is exhibited and changed periodically.
The SXU Gallery
Located in L-114 of the Warde Academic Center, the SXU Gallery showcases the artwork of local, regional, national and international professional artists throughout the academic year. We strive to present a variety of styles and media with six exhibits that often amplify University-wide initiatives, complement curricular programming and witness the integration of art and spirituality. Shows are accompanied by a welcoming reception and a presentation by the artist. These exhibits, open to the public as well as the University community, present a sophisticated caliber of visual expression, as well as inspiring stimuli for our students.
The SXU Gallery is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the academic year. The Gallery is closed during the summer, University holidays and in between exhibits for de-installation and installation. Please call 773-298-3081 to confirm hours for a specific exhibit.
Joe Mills, a freelance illustrator and elementary art teacher (Indian Prairie School District 204) will be exhibiting "Calligrams" a word or piece of text in which the design and layout of the letters creates a visual image related to the meaning of the words themselves. Among the portraits shown in this way are The Roots, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Beyonce. Chicago neighborhood maps and icons are also displayed.
The show runs August 26 to September 17, 2019 in the SXU Gallery, with a presentation by the artist and reception on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. (Gallery closed on Labor Day.)
Lisa Strout Beard, an Illinois artist, will be showcasing photographs from "The Yellow Glove Series" in the SXU Gallery from October 2 - 25, 2019.
The series explores gender in our society, and the yellow gloves relate to repression and protection, acting as a sort of shield for having to touch or feel the reality of the situations present. Although some ideas related to women have shifted or have had attention brought to them more recently, Ms. Beard's photographs question whether it is any better.
She will be speaking about her work on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. in the SXU Gallery, with a reception immediately following. All are welcome.
The Visual Arts Center Gallery
Located off campus within the Visual Arts Center at 10435 South Spaulding, the Visual Arts Center Gallery is dedicated to showcasing student and alumni artwork. Since the production of art is best complemented with the exhibition of that work, the VAC Gallery offers the opportunity for students to experience the rigors and joy of presenting their art to the public.
Formerly a church, the building has been converted into an art "sanctuary" of teaching studios, lecture/meeting rooms, a student/alumni Gallery and a state of the art computer lab. Parking is limited to faculty and staff. Shuttle service is provided on a regular basis during the academic semester. For more information please contact Gallery Director, Cathie Ruggie Saunders at 773-298-3087.
The CIDAT Lounge
Located in the Warde Academic Building, the CIDAT Lounge has a large faceted viewing screen that showcases time-based media from students in computer graphics, multi-media and animation classes. For more information please contact the Chair of Art and Design, Nathan Peck at 773-298-3876.
The Bishop Quarter Room
Located in the Stump Library, the Bishop Quarter Room also showcases students' work from various other courses. Oftentimes two or three students join together to thematically create an exhibit. Such group exhibits are frequently celebrated with a small reception. For more information please contact the Chair of Art and Design, Nathan Peck at 773-298-3876.
VAC Spring 2020 Building Hours
Students taking Art and Design classes at SXU can gain access to the Visual Arts Center with their student ID's this Fall during the following times. Anyone without swipe access can contact Jeanne Hallaren, office manager, at ext. 3081 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday to gain access.
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.