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Crucifixion Meditations in Creighton’s Lied Art Gallery

Crucifixion Meditations in Creighton’s Lied Art Gallery

The Creighton Lied Art Gallery, in the Lied Education Center for the Arts (LECA) on the Creighton campus presents an exhibit by Aileen Callahan and John Steczynski, artists and professors at Boston College. The exhibit runs through Nov. 21.

Callahan, known for her loose charcoal drawings, and Steczynski, for his tight pen and ink drawings, will present various expressions of the Christian passion of Christ in this exhibit, called Crucifixion Meditations. .

Callahan has said: “The drawings are not places in a sequence which record an event, but rather are places to repeat the feelings and focus of the theme as a meditation. The titles work with the drawings to allow multiple meanings and capture “gestures” of the images. I want the viewer to stand near the image.”

Steczynski has said: “In keeping with their visionary beginnings, none [of my images] were intended as specific depictions of the historical event. Rather, they focused on cultural and personal responses to the Crucifixion as a religious icon. The drawings are intended to be taken in slowly, as is their process of being made.”

Steczynski added, “The exhibit makes a very interesting two-person show. Two artists work out of the same tradition and refer to the same image/event, but working in diametrically differing styles and approaches. Her work is smaller in size, though greater in scale. It is quick and passionate, less obviously representational, and based to a great extent on the abstract expressionist gesture. Mine is slow and methodical, being built up with countless individual pen and ink strokes, nervous individual gestures that coalesce into a broad field of calm contemplation.”

Callahan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts at Boston University. Steczynski graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.

Both are currently art professors at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

This exhibit is funded, in part, by the generous support of the Richard and Mary McCormick Endowment Fund for the Fine and Performing Arts, the Grace Keenan Fund and another anonymous source. Information for this and other events can be found at the Department’s web site at

The Creighton Lied Art Gallery is located on the Main Floor of the Lied Education Center for the Arts, 24th and Cass Streets; it is open from 1 to 4pm daily, including weekends. There is no admission charge to the Lied Art Gallery.

Visitor parking is located west of the building and is accessed from Cass Street. Additional visitor parking is available, on the weekends and after 5pm, on the top level of the new 24th Street Parking Structure.

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