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.
Mays Mayhew: "Doppelganger"
Artist's Gallery Talk and Reception: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.
Graphite drawings and paintings examining the different forms a doppelganger takes: double-mindedness, narcissism, spiritualism, introspection, fearfulness.
Ms. Mayhew was born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin. She currently resides in Aurora. She studied studio art at UW-Madison, Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy. She has had over 50 exhibitions in 20 years, most notably, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair during Art Basel, Miami.
Katarzyna Derda: "Someone Like Me"
Artist's Gallery Talk and Reception: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.
Ms. Derda's exhibit will be a haunting photographic collection of a journey of artistic escape, utilizing a handmade doll while exploring the creamy, yet gritty look of the photo lith process.
Ms. Derda is an award winning artist currently located in the Chicago area. With numerous exhibitions from California, Ohio, Oregon, Berlin and Paris, she has garnered fame as the winner of the 2018 Alternative Printing Process in Black and White Magazine, as well as receiving 3rd place in the international Fine Art Photography Competition in Paris, France.
Alfonso "Piloto" Nieves Ruiz: "Retrospective Solo Show"
Artist's Gallery Talk and Reception: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.
Alfonso "Piloto" Nieves Ruiz is a self-taught artist from Queretaro, Mexico who moved to Chicago in 1997. He is a skilled sculptor who works primarily with clay and recycled materials to create dramatic, surreal pieces that deal with social issues. While Nieves draws upon his Mexican upbringing for many of his sculptures, the themes he explores are universal to all of humanity. Piloto is also an art teacher and has been sharing his knowledge with youth and adults through workshops in community centers, parks, and schools around Chicago and its suburbs since 2004. Most recently he exhibited his work in Cabeza de Barro, one of the most successful shows at the National Museum of Mexican Art.
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 Fall 2018 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 a.m. - 9 p.m.
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Noon - 9 p.m.
3 - 9 p.m.