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Ignatian spirituality at the heart of art exhibition opening in January

Ignatius of Loyola is depicted in a painting by Cincinnati-based artist Holly Schapker. Schapker will bring an exhibition of her Ignatian-based work to Creighton in January 2016.Incorporating Ignatian spirituality into magnificently rendered works of art, Holly Schapker has turned her faith into action, and will now showcase several pieces of her collection for an exhibition at Creighton University.

“ADSUM: Works Based on Ignatian Spirituality” will open at the Lied Art Gallery at the Lied Education Center for the Arts on the Creighton campus on Jan. 22 and run through Feb. 28. Schapker, a Cincinnati-based painter who has been working on this cycle of paintings for more than three years, will deliver a talk at the Lied Art Gallery, followed by a reception, on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Primarily a worker in nature scenes and other outdoor settings, Schapker said she was inspired to embark upon her present project while undergoing the spiritual exercises and undertaking an Ignatian pilgrimage.

In a statement on her website, Schapker, an alumna of Xavier University, writes: “These paintings represent my interpretation of the mission of St. Ignatius Loyola. They incorporate all I know and feel about my life as a Catholic and as an artist. The process of creating this body of work has taken me almost three years in which I have been continuously supported by the Xavier University Community. My research for the exhibition included completing the Spiritual Exercises with Darrell Burns, S.J. and attending the 2008 Ignatian Pilgrimage led by Tom Landy, Director of the Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture at Holy Cross University.”

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