“Revelations: Interrogating the Sacred” art exhibit curated by SXU student

Saint Xavier University senior and Honors Program member Maureen Riley will serve as curator for “Revelations: Interrogating the Sacred” art exhibit on display from Tues., March 19 to Mon., April 8 at the Beverly Arts Center (BAC) East Gallery, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. An opening reception and a panel discussion about the intersections between religion and art in contemporary times will be held on Sat., March 23.

As part of her Honors Senior Project, Riley solicited works that explore how religion or spirituality inspired contemporary artists. Thirteen artists from across the country will be displayed in the exhibit.

The opening reception will be from 7 to 8 p.m. and the panel discussion will be from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Attendees can view the exhibit at the BAC from 5 to 7 p.m., and transportation will be provided from the BAC to the University. Refreshments will be provided.

Panel participants include: SXU Department of Art and Design Visiting Professor and former Yale University Religion and the Arts Program Chairman Dr. Jaime Lara; Loyola University Museum of Art Director of Cultural Affairs Pamela Ambrose; School of the Art Institute of Chicago Painting Professor Frank Piatek; and Executive Director/Curator of Open Concept Gallery Dr. Zora Carrier.

“I started from the question of what role religion plays in modern society,” Riley said. “I hear young people like millennials are slowly distancing themselves from religion and faith. But at the same time, there’s this whole renewed interest in it by artists. I wanted to display works that reference piety and spirituality by people who are really devoted to their faith, but also works that are more controversial and address why religion isn’t serving people the same way it has in the past.

The following artists will be included in the exhibit: Wayne Adams; Keith Barker; Aaron Lee Benson; Roz Dimon; Robert Eustace; Charles Hoffman and Peg Carlson-Hoffman; Patrick Luber; Allison Luce; Linda McCray; Thomas McMillen-Oakley; Anthony Santella; and Helen Zajkowski.

Riley, of Alma, Mich., is the first student in department history to curate an exhibit. She is studying art history and communications, and plays on the women’s basketball team.

For more information, please contact the Department of Art and Design at (773) 298-3081.