Loyola University Chicago

Fine Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Throughout the year, the Arnold Gallery space hosts several visual arts exhibitions featuring the work of Loyolans, but also that of local and national artists. 

Shannon Goff: Miles to Empty

AUG 26 – OCT 18 | Ralph Arnold Gallery | Free
Opening Reception: SEP 4 | Thurs. 5-6:30 PM | Free

Shannon Goff reconfigures antiquated yet iconic forms to initiate a conversation about the present. Her sculptures examine both obsolescence and timelessness while proposing new narratives these objects might occupy in our lives. Goff will craft from cardboard a full-scale American icon, a 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V automobile. Goff uses the car as a metaphor for the complexi- ties of American life, and as a lynchpin of her own formative experiences as a Detroit native. One of the main goals of Miles to Empty is to steer viewers to re-examine American society’s fixations on power, luxury, convenience and autonomy.

Goff received a BFA from University of Michigan, pursued post baccalaureate studies at Kyoto Seika University in Japan, and received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2003. She currently lives and works in State College, PA, where she is an assistant professor of sculpture and ceramics at Penn State University. Goff ’s work has recently been included in exhibitions at Su- sanne Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale, MI, Printed Matter in NYC, the Free Museum of Dallas and in Beijing, Berlin, Chicago.

‌Review, Relect: 2014 Faculty Biennial

SEP 25- DEC 7| Wednesday – Friday: 1 – 5 PM | Newhart Promenade  | Free
Opening Reception: SEP 25 |Thurs. 5-6:30 PM | Free

Considering the concepts, themes, forms, materials and processes which sustain their artistic inquiries, Loyola Fine Arts Faculty are invited to show two works side by side, one old and one new. By juxtaposing the past with the present, this exhibit will provide insight into the fascinations and obsessions of the exhibiting artists, while providing opportunities for the audience to reflect on how the production of art work can become a life’s work.

DIY/XX, Self-Published Graphic Novels, Mini Comics and Zines by Women

Curated by: Tom Greensfelder

OCT 23 -  JAN 17| Ralph Arnold Gallery | Free
Opening Reception: OCT 23 | Thur. 5 – 6:30 PM | Free

This exhibition highlights the work of women, primarily local and self-published, who have found expression through a unique combination of writing, drawing and DIY resourcefulness.

Foregoing traditional means of publishing they have instead made use of print-on-demand, silkscreen, and the now venerable technology of the Xerox machine to give voice to their imagination and to tales of adventure, as well as struggles with illness, childhood and relationships.

The works are drawn from the haphazard collections of Tom Greensfelder and Nicole Hollander.

Tom Greensfelder is a Chicago-based graphic designer who has designed books and other materials for many cartoonists and graphic novelists including Nicole Hollander, Lynda Barry and Heather McAdams.

Note: The gallery will be closed  December 6 – January 12 in observance of Loyola University’s Winter Break.

2015 Annual Student Art Competition

JAN 22 – FEB 14 | Ralph Arnold Gallery | Free
Opening Reception: JAN 22 | Thur. 5 – 6:30 PM | Free

While it is often the business of students to examine and admire the creative output of professional artists, the tables are turned in the annual student show. All students are invited to submit work to the Annual Student Art Competition including drawing, painting, photography, color theory, two and three dimensional design, graphic design, ceramics and sculpture, and any combination thereof. All entries are original works of the student and have been completed in the last year.

Formal | Loose | Painting

Curated by: Jennifer Murray

FEB 19 – APR 11 | Ralph Arnold Gallery | Free
Opening Reception: FEB 19 | Thur. 5 – 6:30 PM | Free

This painting exhibition focuses on contemporary practices in abstraction: explorations in form, material, and color, and the construction/de-construction of space through visual language. Participating Chicago artists include Samantha Bittman, Michelle Bolinger, and Anna Kunz.

Samantha Bittman creates textiles as the unconventional canvas for her paintings, employing strict geometric optics with the organic nature of the hand-woven. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute, 2010. Her work has been widely exhibited, most recently at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, and Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Michelle Bolinger creates painted abstractions of her observations of space and landscape creating playful layers of color and shape. She received her MFA from University of Washington, Seattle, 2005.Her work has been widely exhibited most recently at Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, and Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA.

Anna Kunz makes works on paper, paintings, sculptures, installations and projects that seep out
of the rectangle, often using painted and dyed fabrics to capture and manipulate light and color. Her work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions, most recently at Terrain Projects, Oak Park, IL, and Munch Gallery, New York. She received her MFA from Northwestern University in 2000.

2015 Senior Exhibition

APR 18 – JUN 21 | Ralph Arnold Gallery and the Newhart Promenade | Free
Opening Reception: APR 18 | Sat. 2 – 5 PM | Free

Loyola’s graduating fine arts majors exhibit recent work in ceramics, painting & drawing, photography and visual communication. As graduation looms near, students are challenged to initiate and create an entirely new body of work. Don’t miss this opportunity to wish our senior students farewell as they pack up their portfolios and prepare to explore the world of art beyond Loyola’s walls.

The Newhart Promenade is the gallery space of the Newhart Family Theatre. Located after the glass entrance doors, the promenade provides patrons with a comfortable space to enjoy their theatrical experience before, during intermission, and after the performance. The Promenade will be open 1 – 5 PM Wednesday-Friday and closed on weekends.

The Gallery is open to the Loyola community during normal business hours Monday-Friday. On Saturdays from 12-4 PM the Gallery is open to the public.