Paintings that focus on the life and spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), will be on display in the Community Gallery of the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. "Adsum: Contemporary Paintings on Ignatian Spirituality" begins with an artist's reception at 6 p.m. Friday, June 17. The exhibition continues until August 7.
The 25 paintings in the exhibition are the work of Xavier University graduate Holly Schapker. Large oils on canvas - the Montserrat Landscape, the largest, is 6' x 4,' Adsum includes unique textures created by actual maps, leaves, or twigs. "Not a word that is well translated in the English language, ‘Adsum' means being in a state of mind where the person is completely available and willing to serve God," says Schapker. "These paintings represent my interpretation of the mission of St. Ignatius Loyola, and (the paintings) have taken me almost three years to complete. They incorporate all I know and feel about life as a Catholic and as an artist."
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
An alumna of Xavier University, Holly Schapker of Cincinnati, Ohio, had a familiarity and understanding of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Xavier University with a major in art, Schapker continued her painting education with a strong focus on painting outdoor scenes. It was after completing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and an Ignatian pilgrimage that Schapker knew she wanted to create a series of paintings based on the life of St. Ignatius.
Schapker currently lives in Cincinnati. Her studio is located in the Over-the-Rhine section of Cincinnati, Ohio.
For more information, please visit http://hollyschapker.com.