Art & Design – Current Rialto City Center Gallery Schedule

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The 2014 – 2015 Rialto City Center Gallery Schedule

Celebrating a Pilgrim People: The Voices of Vatican II,
featuring “The World of Vatican II: An Artist’s Report” by Franklin McMahon
made possible by the generosity of Patricia and Robert Wheeler.

Dates: September 15, 2014 through October 12, 2014
Reception: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Description: Presents paintings and drawings by famed artist-reporter Franklin McMahon created live and on-site at the Second Vatican Council, 1962-65. It also presents activation of the Council in the 1960s and 1970s with new ministries and means of faith expression, and influencing Catholics to active participation in peace and justice causes, such as the Civil Rights Movement. The entire collection of reportorial drawings on religious themes, papal journeys, Chicago churches and world religious sites includes 573 pieces.

The McMahon collection is like none other. It is a totally unique artistic contribution by a humble man who lived his Faith ardently by working in the world. If Franklin were to walk into this room, he would sit quietly and observe. He didn’t speak a lot … but he would get out his drawing pad, and quietly begin to draw what he saw before him. Press pass in hand, he had an uncanny knack to get into extraordinary places, and deftly record some poignancy, or often enough, some irony and humor.

McMahon’s Vatican works stir the soul to historical memory. In tandem with the hopeful vision of Pope John XXIII, ‘out of obedience to an inspiration’, and the honest faithfulness of Pope Paul VI, these works record significant Council moments and beyond. In 1980, McMahon published a book comprising his art titled, This Church, These Times: The Roman Catholic Church Since Vatican II. In 1985, he captured the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops held in Rome. He also created The World of Vatican II: An Artist’s Report – a documentary made up of the art and narrated by Franklin.

Special Events for “Vatican II”:
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 @ 7 p.m. at Art Gallery, Rialto City Center Campus
“The World of Vatican II: An Artist’s Report” by the artist’s son, Mark McMahon and Curator for the Artist Kathleen Van Ella.

Mark McMahon and Kathleen Van Ella will present an overview of Franklin McMahon’s works and technique. A reception immediately follows the presentation.

An internationally known artist in his own right, Mark McMahan has adopted the on-location style of drawing and painting of his father, Franklin, “who influenced me as a child not only in style but in his search into art processes.” For more than 30 years, Mark McMahan has promoted family art through the McMahan Family Art Gallery in Lake Forest, Ill. The Field Museum features Mark’s work, “Sue” of the famed dinosaur bone, in its permanent collection. McMahan is also represented by several private art galleries. He works in a variety of mediums, including painting, silk screens and tile murals.

Kathleen Van Ella is founder of Portraits/Chicago Inc. and an art consultant with more than 25 years of experience working in close association with artists and placing artworks. She has participated in nine international art exhibitions.

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 @ 7 p.m. at Rialto City Center Gallery
“Touring the Vatican” by “Michael “Chester” Costello

University of St. Francis professor Michael “Chester” Costello will present an introduction to the collection of the Vatican while contrasting a discussion on trips he has led with students. The presentation will look at seminal works by Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli and other important masters while revisiting a series of travel experiences.

Michael “Chester” Costello has taught in the Art & Design Department at USF for 15 years. In 2014, Costello received an Illinois Arts Council grant for a series of travel projects he is presently translating into book form. During his tenure at USF, he has led student travel trips to Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

Times: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment
Location: Rialto City Center Gallery, 25 E. Van Buren St., Joliet, IL 60432
Contact info: Michael “Chester” Costello, Professor, e-mail: mcostello@stfrancis.edu

Title: Sacred
Artist: Joe B. Milosevich
Dates: October 17, 2014 through December 5, 2014
Reception: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Description: Mixed media collected object assemblages
Times: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment
Location: Rialto City Center Gallery, 25 E. Van Buren St., Joliet, IL 60432
Contact info: Michael “Chester” Costello, Professor, e-mail: mcostello@stfrancis.edu

High School Art Competition
Description: This exhibition highlights Joliet region high school art students. In addition, students are awarded cash prizes and scholarships into the Art and Design Department
Dates: December 12, 2014 through January 30, 2015
Reception: Saturday, January 17, 2014 noon to 2 p.m.
Times: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment
Location: MPAC Gallery, Tower Hall
Contact info: Michael “Chester” Costello, Professor, e-mail: mcostello@stfrancis.edu
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Title: Mixed Bag Redux
Artist: Steve Sherrell
Description: A collection of drawings, paintings and computer generated art that looks at this Joliet artist’s current artistic practice
Dates: February 6, 2015 through March 20, 2015
Reception: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Times: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment
Location: Rialto City Center Gallery, 25 E. Van Buren St., Joliet, IL 60432
Contact info: Michael “Chester” Costello, Professor, e-mail: mcostello@stfrancis.edu

Visual Arts Honors and Awards Exhibition
Description: This art exhibition addresses traditional and new media practices by current USF students at the university.
Dates: March 27, 2015 through April 24, 2015
Times: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment
Location: Rialto City Center Gallery, 25 E. Van Buren St., Joliet, IL 60432
Contact info: Michael “Chester” Costello, Professor, e-mail: mcostello@stfrancis.edu

Senior Thesis Exhibition
Description: This annual capstone exhibition presents work by students currently completing a Bachelors of Arts with a focus in Art Education, Graphic Design, Photography and Studio Art.
Dates: May 1, 2015 through May 23, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, May 1, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Times: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment
Location: Rialto City Center Gallery, 25 E. Van Buren St., Joliet, IL 60432
Contact info: Michael “Chester” Costello, Professor, e-mail: mcostello@stfrancis.edu