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Art Illuminating the Spirit

Sponsor a Crèche

Celebrate the Holidays with LUMA

This winter, LUMA continues its beloved holiday celebration of presenting Art and Faith of the Crèche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan. The ninth annual exhibition will be on view from December 6, 2016–January 8, 2017.

The collection of James and Emilia Govan includes more than 500 crèches from 100 countries. Talented craftspeople and artists from around the world share their creative interpretations of the Nativity through native architecture, clothing, flora and fauna.

Sponsor a Crèche

Click here to sponsor a crèche!

Print the Sponsor Form (PDF) and mail to:

Theolyn Patterson 
Member & Visitor Services Manager 
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact Theolyn Patterson at tpatterson3@luc.edu or 312.915.7608.

Since the first Art and Faith of the Crèche in 2007, the Crèche Sponsorship Program has become increasingly popular amongst our LUMA friends. 

Sponsoring a crèche in the exhibition is the perfect way to honor your heritage or that of a friend, or loved one during the upcoming holiday season. With a $150 sponsorship your name or that of whomever you designate will be displayed on the label of your sponsored crèche. Your sponsorship helps us to care for this special collection and present this wonderful exhibition each year.

Crèche of the Year

New Loyola University Chicago President Dr. Jo Ann Rooney selected this crèche from the United Kingdom to be LUMA’s 2016 Crèche of the Year. This appealing scene is the result of Joan and David Kottler’s search for a nativity that would convey “the true mystery and wonder of Christmas” to their children. This scene includes both exotic and humble elements of the nativity story. The kings’ rich costumes contrast with those of the shepherds and Holy Family. All the clothing is made of stiffened fabric, and the animals of polished hardwood. The stable, made by both Joan and David, is oak and oak veneer. This unique sponsorship is available for $1,000.