“Identity” Paintings by Art Minor

Emily Hopkins, ’17
Emily Hopkins is a senior at Saint Joseph’s University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Art.
With bold and vibrant color, the work of Emily Hopkins is exceptionally personal – a sort of doorway granting viewers permission to experience a sense of peace that Hopkins herself experiences while undergoing the process of creating a piece. Creating with raw emotion, Hopkins paints with unrestricted expression through the use of color. Her manipulation of color exudes different emotions that Hopkins hopes her audience can experience as well. Hopkins’s work is a genuine expression of her own thoughts and feelings, raw and unrestricted. The subject matter of particular pieces are realistic and comprehensible in form but portrayed with passionate and suggestive color affinitive with Hopkins’s own choice. The work of Emily Hopkins is organic, naturalistic, saturated with color, and most importantly, an innate representation of the artist herself.

Jesuit Spirit in the Arts 40th anniversary exhibition

Celebrating Fine Art and Dedication: SJU Gallery Features “Jesuit Spirit in the Arts” 40th Anniversary Exhibit

by Elizabeth Krotulis ’17

PHILADELPHIA (October 17, 2016) — Saint Joseph’s University Gallery will showcase the artwork of a dozen Jesuit priests to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Jesuit Spirit in the Arts,” from Monday, November 7, 2016 through Friday, February 10, 2017. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, photography, and mixed media pieces inspired by faith and spirituality.

In 1976, the first “Jesuit Spirit in the Arts” exhibit at Saint Joseph’s was curated by Dennis McNally, S.J., professor of art, to gather the artwork of Jesuits and others involved in fine arts at Jesuit colleges and universities across the world. A 10th anniversary celebration took place in 1986 which showcased art from Jesuit institutions nationwide.

This year, the 12 Jesuits contributing to the exhibit will display three pieces of original artwork. Mediums span from figurative watercolors to assemblages made from found objects by the featured artists: Arturo Araujo, S.J.; Sammy Chong, S.J.; Don Doll, S.J.; Michael Flecky, S.J.; Eugene Geinzer, S.J.; Oscar Magnan, S.J.; Dennis McNally, S.J.; Trung Pham, S.J.; Nicholas Rashford, S.J.; Brad Reynolds, S.J.; Michael Tunney, S.J.; and Josef Venker, S.J.

“The phrase attributed to the Jesuit order and its founder St. Ignatius of Loyola, Ad maiorem Dei gloriam  — for the greater glory of God  —  serves as a backdrop for the ‘Jesuit Spirit in the Arts’ exhibit,” says SJU associate gallery director Jeanne Bracy. “Although the work itself is varied, there is an underlying theme of finding God in everything. These 12 Jesuit artists, through their teaching and their artwork, exemplify Jesuit spirit and principles.”

The 40th anniversary celebration will also mark Fr. McNally’s 40 years of service with Saint. Joseph’s as founder of the university’s art department and as the department chair for a total of 22 years. Fr. McNally will display his paintings, most of which have never before been seen by the public, in a special portion of the exhibit.

“Being asked to have an exhibit of my life’s work mounted at Saint Joseph’s is new to me and I am tremendously grateful for and honored by the opportunity,” says Fr. McNally. “I paint my heart out, sometimes finding food for my soul in the very things that come from my hands. I share my work with whomever God sends my way; sometimes someone else finds it really helpful, and I’m glad.”

Fr. McNally’s Renaissance-influenced work, created on canvases six-feet in one dimension and from two to 20-feet in the other, follows a religious theme that results from connecting with God through prayer. His art often depicts the wonder and mystery of God behind life’s suffering.

A pair of gallery talks will launch the event Thursday, November 10, at 5 p.m., in the Cardinal Foley Campus Center. Distinguished speaker John O’Malley, S.J., university professor of theology at Georgetown University, will present a lecture titled “The Jesuits and Art: How it Happened and So What?” to discuss Jesuit art throughout history. Fr. O’Malley, who specializes in studies of early modern Christianity, the Renaissance and the Society of Jesus has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities, including Harvard and Oxford. Fr. O’Malley’s talk will be followed by Fr. McNally’s presentation “A Jesuit Artist’s Perspective” on the connection between his artwork and vocation as a Jesuit.

A reception will follow from 6 – 8 p.m. in the University Gallery.

2014-2015 Gallery

“Minimal Landscapes”
Alex Losett
Philadelphia, PA

Adam Ledford
Philadelphia, PA

Lindsay Carone
Rhode Island

“The Landscape Before Me: Cape Cod”
James Abbott
Ardmore, PA

“Quantum One”
Paintings by Sky Kim
Jersey City, NJ

2015 Senior Art Majors

“Bridging Cleveland”
Vaughn Wascovich
Commerce, Texas

2013-2014 Gallery

Melissa Wilkinson
Bono, Arkansas

“Boat”  india ink on paper 43 x 59″  2009

Tom Bendtsen
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Conversation #5” detail   8,000 books   2013

Deborah Zlotsky
Delmar, New York

“Vumb” powdered graphite on mylar  60″ x 48″ 2011

Matthew Christopher
Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania

Jay Walker
Philadelphia, PA

“Contemporary Art and Social Justice”
curated by SJU Art History Professor, Emily Hage, PhD
featuring the work of Glen Saks, Sarah McEneaney, Susan Hagen, Daniel Heyman

2014 Senior Art Majors


2012-2013 Gallery

Laura Watt
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Mandala Crossed #4”    oil/linen   2009

Meghan Cox
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Posey”    Oil on canvas mounted on panel   2012   11 x 14″

Peter Miraglia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Celine” Archival Pigment Print  20 x 16″

Rachel Rotenberg
Baltimore, Maryland


Sukjin Choi
Harrisonburg, VA

“Recollection Installation”   porcelain, stones, sand, paint   2012

2013 Senior Art Majors

Madelon Crosson     Germantown, TN (digital photo)

Nehru Ganeish     Singapore (digital photo)

Nora McGuire     Summit, NJ (digital photo)

Lisa Sucharski     Springfield, PA (painting)

2011-2012 Gallery

Inaugural Exhibition of the University Gallery at Merion Hall

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Ellie Brown
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Charlee Brodsky
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Veronica Byun
Patterson, NJ

“Shimmering Sea at Sunset”   white stoneware, silver trim   36h x 56w x 10″d

Kip Deeds
Newtown, PA


2012 Senior Art Majors

Darby Cotter (ceramics), Cara Howell (digital photography), Evan DiPaola (digital photography), Tina Eccleston (ceramics), Maegan Marin (ceramics), Megan Brady (painting), Holly Colaguori (painting), Laura Colussi (digital photography), Kaitlin Ammirati (painting) 

2010-2011 Gallery

C. Pazia Mannella
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“I’ll Be Your Mirror” Mirror paillettes with viewer participation 2009

Jay McClellan
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Stephanie, Tip, Honey and Drew”  Acrylic on canvas 96″ x 84″ 2010

Michael Angelotti
Erie, Pennsylvania


Daniel Kariko
Greenville, NC


“Iteration, Sulfur Mine Island, Louisiana”  20″ x 24″  2006  Archival Inkjet Print

Morgan Craig
Philadelphia, PA

Vestige of Consequence  72″ x 84″  Oil on Linen  2010


2011 Senior Art Majors

Aimee Chegwidden (ceramics), Jon Dorfman (film), Ashley Fennimore (ceramics),
Mary Cate Fox (photography), Adam Hutchison (film), Alyssa Maywalall (photography),
Julian Phillips (photography), Daphne Rogers (mosaics), Claire Ryan (painting),
Colleen Smith (painting), Priya Sorathia (film)

2009-2010 Gallery

Alison Stigora
West Chester, Pennsylvania

“MorningStar” 8′ X 8′ X 8′ Burnt wood 2009

Sarah Steinwachs
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Between Spaces” 6″ x 6″ x 1″ hand-cut paper, mixed media 2008

Chad Curtis
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

“Cows” 2008

Lynn Rosenthal
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elephant Ear Series

NCECA Exhibit
featuring work of Birdie Boone, Hiroe Hanazono, Ingrid Bathe, Gwendolyn Yoppolo

“Tumblers”  Ingrid Bathe

2010 Senior Art Majors

Laura Borawski (pottery), Colin Broderick (clay), Kaitlyn Coppola (clay),
Mackenzie Fell (mixed media), Nyasha Hayes (art history), Regan Hillman (art history / gouache on paper),
Julianne Kelley (drawing), Vivienne Lawrence (ceramic sculpture), Nicole McMullen (digital photography),
Matthew Prusack (painting), Jeffrey Wallin (film / painting / sculpture)

2008-2009 Gallery

Williamsburg, Virginia

“Winter, Matoaka” 36″ X 36″ oil on board 2008

Julie Gawne
Rockport, Indiana

“Prevent Damage I” 10″ x 15″ diptych mixed media on paper 2008

Ephraim Russell
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Patent Pending laser cut corregated cardboard discs

David Freese
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Big Sur, California 2002 Archival Ink Jet Print

Walter Plotnick
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Optical Bridge  18″ x 30″ Pigment Print

2009 Senior Art Majors


Gina Cerbone (traditional photography), Mary Alexandra Curzi (painting), Philip J. DiWilliams (painting),
Lisa Hanson (drawing/painting), Malcolm J. Harkins (digital photography), Maris Hilferty (art history),
Yachiyo Kaneko (painting), Stephen Lorek (video), Bobby Morris (video),
Gabriele Petrillo (digital photography), Brittany Price (digital photography), Tony Toscani (painting),
Charles Tribe (digital photography), Jaci Seufert (painting), Anna Vascellaro (drawing/painting)

2007-2008 Gallery

Krista Steinke
Philadelphia, PA

“the apples grew ripe and fell to the ground” 22″ x 28″ digital C-Print

‘the better to see you with,’ she said” 28″ x 36″ digital C-Print”

    Donna Christine Kutz
Bensalem, PA

“Vulnerable” 26″ x 15″ x 20″ (left) “Restraint” 38″ x 24″ x 12″ (right)

Johanna Inman
Philadelphia, PA


“Untitled” 18″ x 24″ Archival Digital Print (top) “Lhasa Thibet” 24″ x 27″ Archival Ink Jet Print (bottom)

Babette Martino
Blue Bell, PA

“From Bridgeport to Norristown” 24″ x 42″ oil on panel

“Schuylkill River” 15″ x 18″ oil on panel

Ann Chwatsky
New York, NY

“When I Was A Girl I Thought I’d Be Protected ” 45″ x 25 “

“When I Was A Girl I Worried About Being Buried” 39″ x 40″

2008 Senior Art Majors

Alana Allan – painting (Shavertown, PA)
Nicole Allan – film (Shavertown, PA)
Adam Della Penna – mosaics / 3-D (Riverton, NJ)
Megan Eckley – musical theater (New Hanover Twp., PA)
Robert Ferguson – drawing / painting (Ft. Myers, FL)
Christie Green – mosaics (Blue Bell, PA)
Michael Kerrigan – photography (Franklin Lakes, NJ)
Elizabeth Lanteri – film (Hackensack, NJ)
Kaitlyn McCormick – mosaics (Brick, NJ)
Cassie Nentwig – vocal performance (Havertown, PA)
MaryColleen Norcia – mixed media (Seaside Park, NJ)
Kevin Ryan – music (Philadelphia, PA)
Jereme Scott – painting (Columbia, MD)
Ginene Szczepanski – painting (Gloucester Twp., NJ)