LUMA plans annual Govan Crèche Collection exhibit

This December, a Chicago holiday tradition continues at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) with Art and Faith of the Crèche. The exhibition, which is made possible by a major gift from the James and Emilia Govan Crèche Collection, begins Saturday, Dec. 4, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 16.

The James and Emilia Govan Crèche Collection, assembled over a 30-year period, comprises more than 500 Nativity scenes from around the world. The collection includes crèches from more than 100 countries and cultures, including works by Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Taoist artists. This year, the exhibition will include beloved crèches from past years as well as more than 50 crèches that have not yet been on view at LUMA.

In honor of the collection, several public programs will be held at LUMA:

Opening Reception for Art and Faith of the Crèche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan
Friday, December 3, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
LUMA Members and Loyola Faculty, Staff, and Students: Free/Non-Members: $15
Please RSVP for by sending an e-mail to or calling 312.915.7608.

Meet the Collector
December 4 at 11:15 a.m.
LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue
The event is free with museum admission and is open to the public.

To learn more about the exhibition, the public events, or about LUMA, click here.

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