New exhibit DIY/XX features zines, graphic novels by women artists

DIY/XX is on display at the Ralph Arnold Gallery through Jan. 17. Photo by Lauren Hames.
DIY/XX is on display at the Ralph Arnold Gallery through Jan. 17. Photo by Lauren Hames.

By Lauren Hames

Loyola’s Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex is hosting a private collection of graphic design based work. “DIY/XX, Self- Published Graphic Novels, Mini Comics and Zines by Women” opened Oct. 23 at the Lake Shore Campus.

The collection owned by Tom Greensfelder, a Chicago-based graphic designer, and Nicole Hollander, a cartoonist, is on display through the beginning of next year.

“For me, it’s a combination of both the writing and graphic innovation whether in the drawing or the layout,” Greensfelder in a recent interview about the importance of these cartoons and zines to our ideas of art. “Because the format is usually small, the stories tend to be focused and fresh. I’m also impressed by the drawing in the comics and how it complements the text. A raw story calls for raw art and in the best cases doesn’t disappoint.”

Twenty-three self-published female designers are exhibited, with the majority of them being Chicago-based.

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LUMA to hold Edward Gorey’s birthday bash

by Mariah Evely


The Friends of the Loyola University Chicago Libraries and the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) present The Edward Gorey Birthday Bash: Revelry from A to Z, a celebration of the life and work of acclaimed artist and writer Edward Gorey. The event is to take place on Gorey’s birthday, February 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey and G is for GoreyC is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak, will be on display for event attendees to take part in a private viewing of the exhibitions.

Attendees will also enjoy a reception featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and birthday cake, as well as a silent auction of rare items donated from the Michalak Edward Gorey Collection. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Loyola University Chicago Libraries and LUMA.

Tickets for the Edward Gorey Birthday Bash are available here for $250. For more information, visit or call the Loyola University Museum of Art at 312.915.7600.

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey and G is for GoreyC is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak exhibitions will be on display at LUMA from February 15–June 15.



Loyola exhibit discovers the art in food

From "Ponder Food as Love" exhibit at Loyola.
From “Ponder Food as Love” exhibit at Loyola.

By Kristen Kaczynski

In 1979, two female artists began collaborating together at the Institute of Design in Chicago and are now currently examining psychology through photography, experimenting with the concepts of food, love and the human body.

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman created a new art exhibit, currently on display at Loyola University Chicago, called “Ponder Food as Love” as they explore the pleasures, tensions and urgency of nourishment.

Ciurej and Lochman produced a series of photographs featuring the human body as the serving palate for various types of food, investigating the nature of nurturing and the lasting beauty of the aging female body.

Ciurej said cooking was her inspiration with Lochman for this project.

“The project began at an artist’s residency where we had a studio next to the kitchen. While the cook prepared meals each night for the artists, we noticed the energy and sense of nurturing that flowed throughout the kitchen,” Ciurej said.

Ciurej further explained the process they went through while developing this project.

“We became more deliberate about the relationship of the food to the body to express various aspects of how we felt about nurturing, from tenderness and humor to even oppression,” Ciurej said.

Students who have observed the artwork gave their own reaction to this unique form of art.

“When you look around this room almost all of the photography is of fruit and vegetables. The skin on the bodies photographed is so light and transparent, it’s almost as if it’s not there. These pictures provide me with a different way of looking at food which is both erotic and beautiful in its own way,” said Camille Cedeno, 36, a senior biology major.

Another student focused on the nurturing aspect of this exhibit.

“It’s interesting that all of the photographs picture female body parts concentrating on mothers, which makes sense because they are known for giving nutrients to their children, just as food gives nutrients to all people,” said Alexa Vander Hye, 22, a senior social work major.

Ciurej also gave advice to students who are studying the visual arts.

“Leave your computer and keep your smart phone in your pocket. Get out and go to the many art venues within the city and look at real artwork,” Ciurej said.

The exhibit unveiled Thursday and is now open to the public, free of charge for viewing, until Saturday, April 13 in the Fine Arts Annex, located at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus.

Loyola’s Underground Laboratory Theatre hosts “Frankenstein”

By Anna Buchanan

Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts will play its new theater production, “Frankenstein” this weekend  in the Underground Laboratory Theatre of Mundelein.

Tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances can be purchased here for $6-$8.

Special $5 tickets will be available at the box office for Thursday’s preview performance.

Writer and director, Alexandra Burch, has created a new adaptation of “Frankenstein” that explores the monster’s humanity.

Here is an excerpt from an exclusive interview with Burch about her first experience as a playwright:

“While I was studying abroad in London two years ago, I got really obsessed with writing a play about Ophelia (from Hamlet) traveling through purgatory after her death. The first scene I wrote was her waking up soaking wet in a forest. As she moved and remembered how to use her body, she sucks the water from her own hair because she is thirsty. That particular image stuck with me, and during that same time I felt like the Frankenstein story just kept popping up everywhere I went. As I was rereading it, there was a mega production directed by Danny Boyle going on, and I stumbled on one too many exhibitions on Mary Shelley to be a coincidence. I felt those eerie “sign from the universe” vibes that I had to explore the story somehow.”

Here is additional information from Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts website about the play:

“Victor Frankenstein’s three-year obsession with the creation of life brings him to the brink of insanity, ending in a human experiment gone horribly awry. Childlike in her innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s creature is cast out in a hostile world by her maker. Burch’s adaptation follows their parallel journeys as Creature and Maker confront a world filled with not only horror and pain, but also profound humanity.


Loyola celebrates holidays with Joyola

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By Jordan Berger

Loyola University Chicago’s student music ensembles spread holiday cheer through song at Joyola, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ seasonal concert series.

This year’s event marked the sixth year of the annual Loyola holiday and Christmas tradition.

The auditorium lights were wrapped in holiday garlands, red ornaments and silver ribbon as a crowd of 300 enjoyed holiday favorites performed by Loyola’s Jazz Ensemble, Women’s Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Orchestra and University Chorale.

The ensembles performed 12 seasonal hits and jazz variations including “Carol of the Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

All of the choirs came together to perform “O Holy Night,” the last piece of the evening, for which the conductor invited Loyola alumni in the crowd to join the choirs on stage.

The concert series culminated with “A Christmas Festival,” an audience sing-a-long featuring snippets from “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells” and other holiday classics.

The audience was pleasantly caught off guard by the sing-a-long and joined in with the choirs, according to Joanna Chorazeczewski, 21, a senior molecular biology major at Loyola.

“I was surprised,” Chorazeczewski said. “I thought that was an awesome addition to the end of the program. I was excited. I was singing along.”

Since its first year, Joyola has been a popular event for students and the public, according to Jennie Martin, Loyola’s Director of Public Programming for the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

“It is one of our largest events that we do and so there are always a ton of people,” Martin said. “Everyone’s in such a great mood because of Christmas cheer, and it’s the only time when all of our music ensembles perform together. So, it’s a really great culmination of all of their talents.”

Joyola takes a different form each year, and this year’s event reverted back to the classic original Joyola, according to Martin.

“Last year we split up and Joyola was more about secular music,” Martin said. “Then we did sacred music and a Christmas chapel concert. But this year we just wrapped it all together. There were some jazz numbers and a sing-a-long at the end. So, it’s a different shape each year.”

Loyola dance students to host winter recital

Dance-Informance[1]By Keshia Bardney

Dance students from Loyola University Chicago are planning a dance recital Friday night to showcase their work.

The recital, Winter Dance Informance, includes all dance classes within the dance program at Loyola and range from all dance levels. The dance styles range from ballet and modern to jazz.

The Department of Fine and Perfoming Arts provide the following information:

DEC 7 | Fri. 7:30 PM | Mullady Theatre | $10

Book your seat today!

Dance students from all classes and levels showcase their semester’s work in an informal dance recital. This end-of-semester performance will celebrate the hard work of all levels of our Dance Program. Come inside out of the cold and enjoy numerous dance styles, ranging from ballet and modern to jazz.

To order your tickets, visit the DPFA website here.

Buddha faces set to occupy Rogers Park

A Buddha Face on Sheridan.
Photo by Gabe Johnson.

By Gabe Johnson

Ten Thousand Ripples, a  Chicago non-profit, has plans to place several large Buddha face sculptures across Rogers Park over the course of the next few weeks in order  to promote peace and nonviolence.

Changing Worlds, a Chicago educational arts organization, has partnered with local artist Indira Johnson to create the masks which will be placed in neighborhoods across Chicago, including Rogers Park, within the coming months.

Christopher Skrable, 39,  is the service-learning program manager at Loyola University Chicago and a member of the advisory council for the project.

“To me, the main goal of Ten Thousand Ripples is to provide a meaningful, innovative, and multi-modal platform for Chicago residents to reflect and converse about peace, nonviolence, spirituality, and our personal and collective potential to create a more beautiful world.”   Skrable said.

Skrable also believes that the project will have a positive impact on the Loyola community.

“It is my hope that engaging with the project’s images will encourage students to think about what they can do to make our local communities and their home communities more peaceful places…and, having thought about it, that they will be inspired to act that vision into reality.” Skrable said.

Rachel Roesner, 20, a junior biology major at Loyola, is also assisting with the project and excited about how the project has enabled her to become more in touch with the community.

“What I like most about Ten Thousand Ripples in Rogers Park are the people I have met,” Roesner said. “Being a Loyola student, my interactions mostly consist of students, professors and strangers on the street, but after my involvement with Ten Thousand Ripples, I have met many different people in my community who are all passionate and interested in promoting peace and nonviolence in the Rogers Park community.”

Bob Newhart cuts ribbon on new theater at Loyola

Loyola photo By Mark Beane
By Liza Massingberd

Comedian Bob Newhart returned to his alma mater, Loyola University Chicago Saturday to celebrated the grand opening of the Newhart Family Theater .

Newhart and other family members cut the ribbon on the new theater, which was followed by performances by Loyola’s very own theater department, dance team and Jazz band.

Loyola welcomed more than 200 students, faculty members, alumni and special guests, members of the Newhart Family, as they gathered to commemorate this momentous day for the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Newhart, a 1952 Loyola graduate,  won album of the year in 1960 beating out Elvis Presley, The Sound of Music, and Frank Sinatra. “ He later went on to star in the hit television comedy, The Bob Newhart Show, and more recently appeared in movies, such as “Elf.”

The opening of the event began with a speech given by Sarah Gabel, the Chairperson for the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

“Artists can make art anywhere,” Gabel said. “Dancers can entertain audiences in a park, a painter can create a masterpiece in a rundown wear house, musicians can play a sonata at an L platform, and a group of theater artists can transform a tiny storefront into the streets of Verona.  Its true, artists don’t need beautiful state-of-the art facilities in which to exercise their creativity, but when we have these spaces, as we now have at Loyola, it inspires us to create works of art we might never have imagined otherwise.”

The Musical Theater Repertoire class followed Gabel’s speech by performing Something To Point To from the musical Working. Performer, Alexandra Burch, 21, a senior theater major was enthused by how the musical performance went.

“It was really exciting to perform for everyone for the first time on the new stage,” Burch said. “I think we did really well.”

Mark Lococo, Director of the Theater Department, brought the ceremony to a close by thanking the Newharts for their generous donation and presenting a preview of Lake is East, a scene from Illuminating Voices: A Collection of Short Plays by Loyolans that will be will premier on Nov. 2 as the first ever production to be performed in the Newhart Family Theater.

Lake is East is the story of two tour guides whose lives collide in an unexpected way,” performer Angela Sandal, 20, a junior theater major said. “They’re both giving separate tours of Loyola’s campus while telling the same story about a nun and end up crossing paths for the first time. It tells stories of the past but also looks to the future, which is very appropriate for this event.”

Once the dedication was over, Brian Tochterman, 21, a senior and theater major, invited the audience to the Mundelein auditorium for hot jazz, cold refreshments, and plenty of dancing.

“A lot of work went in to this opening,” Tochterman said. “It was a lot of fun and a very rewarding process. I am very proud of what we accomplished today.”

Dueling pianos tickle the ivory at Loyola

By Gabe Johnson

Dueling pianists tickled the ivory and tickled the humor of audience members recently in Loyola University Chicago’s student union.

Joe Montanaro, 30, an entertainer  from Scotia, New York, faced off against Andrew Puszykowski of Midwest Dueling Pianos in a performance that included singing and even some comedy.

“The crowd was great. They were all really responsive and seemed to be  having a lot of fun,” Montanaro said with a smile. “Plus,we didn’t break anything  so that’s always a plus.”

The pianists played plenty of classics at the Thursday performance, from bands such as Queen, The Proclaimers, and finished off the night by playing a slightly comical version of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”.

The two duelists also played some childhood favorites that had the whole crowd singing along including songs from “The Lion King”, “Pokemon”, “Friends”, “Toy Story”, and “Family Matters”.

Audience members were pleased by the performance.

“These guys are amazing. I was planning to do homework tonight, but as I was passing through I couldn’t help but stop!” said Casey Sutcliff, 18, a freshman political science and pre-med major.

Alex Carron, 21, a senior Marketing and Entrepreneurship major and the special events director for Loyola’s Department of Programming, also was happy with the event.

“We’ve done this event before in the past and it’s always been a huge success, people always seem to love it.” Carron said. “The two pianists just play off each other as well as any suggestions by audience members, and they really get the crowd going. I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be having this event again in the future.”

Loyola holds its Spring Dance Informance

By Jose Silva


With the end of the school, Loyola University Chicago held its Spring Dance Informance  in Mullady Memorial Theatre on the Lake Shore Campus in front of a sold out crowd.

“I’m here because my girlfriend is in the dance performance,” said Greg Roszczybiuk, 22, a senior computer science major. “I’m really excited about it, but tickets sold fast so I’m on a waiting list right now.”


Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the event is held to give dance students from all classes and levels the opportunity to showcase their semesters work in an informal dance performance.

“I just think the performance is really great,” said Gaby Devergen, 19, a sophomore theater and journalism major who took part in the festivities. “I love performing and I think it’s a great opportunity for everybody to see what we’ve been working on all semester. ”

More than 100 people were in attendance for the event and had the opportunity to see Loyola’s students of dance exhibiting their talent and hard work.

“What’s interesting about this specific event is that a lot of the patrons that come are parents,” said James Dunford, 22, the student box office manager, “so they aren’t necessarily coming to some of our other events. It’s always a different crowd that you get so it’s always interesting working with them, getting to know them, and getting them into the theater.”

When asked about the overall success of the event, Dunford said, “I thought it was a very successful event. Again something about this event that I think is very unique is that a lot of students are just taking a dance class, for a core perhaps, and being able to take what they learned in the class room and being able to perform it is something really meaningful and significant. I think giving the 200 or so dancers a chance for that is always a fantastic event.”