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Beginning May 8, Preview the Art Fair with Featured Artists’ Works


Hyde Park’s acclaimed 57th Street Art Fair is bringing its talented artists to the Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery at Catholic Theological Union for a special three month exhibit opening May 8.  The exhibit will feature works of art from Chicago area talents including: painter Kathleen Eaton, potter Steve Skinner, painter Ron Mellot, fiber artist Renee Earley, photographer Xavier Nuez, painter Mary Burke, illustrator Taylor Mazer, ceramic artist Delores Fortuna, mosaic artist Jim Bachor,  sculptor Michael Imes, among others. The theme of Nature's Place fits along with a special lecture CTU is hosting June 10 entitled "An Evening with Elizabeth Johnson" --- discussing the Christian feminist theologian’s most recent book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love. The artwork featured in the exhibit will reflect the broad theme of nature in the urban, suburban, and native landscape.


“We are thrilled to work with the Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery at the Catholic Theological Union and offer a preview of what’s to come at the 57th Street Art Fair, June 6-7,” said Alexia Trzyna, Committee Member, 57th Street Art Fair. “Each year brings new and exciting artists and we are so happy to share these amazing works of art with the Gallery’s visitors.”


“CTU is excited to be partnering for the first time with the 57th Street Art Fair. The mission of our art gallery has been to celebrate the ways in which art enriches and gives spiritual depth to the human experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our graduate school and to showcasing the work of these gifted artists,” said Nancy Nickel, Director of Marketing and Communications, CTU.


This special exhibit is the perfect kick-off to the 68th annual 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood on June 6-7, 2015. The event features a range of glass, jewelry, leather, photography, digital art, printmaking, painting, sculpture, wood, ceramics and fiber art from artists around the country. Known as the Midwest’s oldest juried art fair, the 57th Street Art Fair attracted over 200 artists and 20,000 attendees to this premier art and cultural event in 2014.


The Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery is located on the 4th floor of CTU’s Academic and Conference Center, at 5416 S. Cornell. The exhibit is free and open to the public, May 8-August 8, 2015. Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm. The Gallery will remain open during the 57th St Art Fair, June 6+7 (Saturday and Sunday).



The 57th Street Art Fair is a two-day outdoor celebration of the visual arts held in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, adjacent to the University of Chicago campus and President Barak Obama's home. Considered the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest, the fair typically features the work of 200 exhibitors. Most are returning artists, but each year between 50 and 75 new exhibitors are invited to participate by a jury made up of collectors, critics, curators and artists. The goal of the 57th Street Art Fair is to provide a venue for creators of quality fine art and fine craft to meet with the art-buying public. The 57th Street Art Fair is an Illinois not for profit corporation organization and all proceeds are used to produce the annual Fair.


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