Fans of the pulp fiction and multimedia art will want to check out Lourdes University’s 2013 Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture Series titled “Cover Stories”. The lecture will take place on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at the Franciscan Center. Guest lecturer is artist 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 Bazaar, Vanity Fair, O Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. He is represented by Foley Gallery in New York, N Y and the G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle, WA. His monograph, UNCOVERED: Photographs by Thomas Allen was published by Aperture Foundation in 2007.

Allen hails from southwest Michigan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Wayne State University in Detroit. He also holds a master’s degree in fine art from the University of Minnesota.

“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 very exciting for us to host him at Lourdes,” expresses Holly Baumgartner, PhD, Professor of English. “His style provides an insightful lesson on the ironic possibilities of art and also gives an interesting cultural lesson by revealing and highlighting images from American popular history.”

The Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture Series was established in 2011 by Lourdes alumnus George Brymer and his wife Vicky, and named in honor of Lourdes art professor Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak, OSF. Sr. Jane Mary is an accomplished professor and artist. After teaching at Cardinal Stritch High School for 14 years, she joined the Lourdes community, where she served for nearly 30 years as Assistant Professor for the Art Department. Her ceramic and mural works are on display across the nation, from Texas to California to Ohio.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Erin Palmer Szavuly at 419-824-3685 or email For more on Thomas Allen, visit