Adsum: Contemporary Paintings on Ignatian Spirituality

April 28, 2010

Paintings which focus on the life and Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, will be on display at the Xavier University Art Gallery May16-June18, 2010. Titled Adsum: Contemporary Paintings on Ignatian Spirituality, the 25-piece oil and mixed media exhibit are the work of Xavier graduate Holly Schapker.

An artist’s reception will be held Sunday, May16, 2010, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Xavier art gallery, which is located in the A.B. Cohen Center, 1658 Herald Ave. The gallery is open 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The gallery will be closed on Memorial Day, May 31, 2010. Admission is free.

“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,” says Schakper. “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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Schapker resides and works in Cincinnati, OH. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from
Xavier University’s Art Department. She continued her painting education by studying under
Michael Scott for more than ten years, whose fine art teaching process has a strong focus on painting outdoors. Holly later taught Beginning, Advanced, and Thesis Painting at Xavier University for two years. She also created a mural depicting Xavier’s history during Xavier’s 175th anniversary celebration. Her work has been the subject of many publications, including print, television, and radio. Schapker’s paintings have been displayed in numerous gallery shows and are owned by many private and institutional collections throughout the nation. For more information please visit