Sister Jane Mary Art Lecture Series
About the Series
The Sister Jane Mary Art Lecture Series features presentations on a variety of topics related to the arts. It began with the work of the series namesake, Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak, OSF in 2011. Her ceramic and mural works are on display across the nation, from Texas to California and prominently on the Lourdes University campus. The purpose behind the series is to give students and those in the community an opportunity to listen to and interact directly with individuals working in art related fields.
The lecture series was established by alumnus George Brymer who was inspired by her passion and inspiring instruction while a student at Lourdes. He worked closely with his wife Vicky and Erin Palmer Szavuly to design and launch the series. Mr. Brymer recalls that "Sr. Jane Mary had an incredible impact on me during my final summer at Lourdes . For an instructor to affect a student so profoundly - well that is truly saying something."
2013 Lecturer: Thomas Allen
"Thomas Allen is a career artist and freelance illustrator. His photographs of re-imagined pulp novels have appeared in numerous periodicals including Harper's, Vanity Fair, O Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. Allen is represented by Foley Gallery in New York and G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle, WA. His monograph, UNCOVERED: Photographs by Thomas Allen was published by Aperture Foundation.
I first stumbled across his work in a display of new releases at the downtown library. I picked up his book and thumbed through it. When I realized that in my absorption I was laughing out loud, I knew I had of get it. turning each page in his book was like a mini adventure.
Today many artists work with books and paper ephemera, but Thomas Allen was the first to use covers in his unique way, which makes it especially fitting for us to host him at Lourdes for the Sr Jane Mary Lecture. I love his blend of the literary and visual media, or, well, English and Art, particularly his use of mid twentieth century pulp images. And, his multimedia photographs are not simply about the "aha!" moment either, though they are that, too. They are works to revisit because of the layers of meaning he creates. His work is serious play with perspective and point of view and how they shift, providing insightful lessons on ironic possibility. Finally, his work is just plain fun, a reminder to all of us about the many potentials of art. I've never looked at a book or DVD cover in quite the same way again."
Holly Baumgartner, Ph.D., Professor of English
Thomas Allen Workshop Pieces
While at Lourdes, the students were able to attend a workshop with Thomas Allen and then created two pieces inspired by his work.