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IU Northwest gallery features ICONIC exhibit until March 10

Javier Chavira explores portraits influenced by religious symbolism and other figurative works

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The Indiana University Northwest campus and the greater Northwest Indiana community are invited to view the paintings and mixed media works of Javier Chavira in the Gallery for Contemporary Art. The exhibit runs through March 10. A reception is planned for 12 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Chavira is a visual artist whose work is displayed in numerous public and private collections, including the National Museum of Mexican Art and The Bank of America Art Collection.

Chavira earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree (1996) and a Master in Arts degree (1999) from Governors State University. In 2002, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University.

At Northern Illinois University, Javier studied “Technique Mixte,” an adaptation of a 16th century Flemish painting technique, under the direction of accomplished painter Patrick Betaudier. The academic technique has been an integral part in Javier’s process ever since. Javier Chavira is currently the Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Governors State University.

The exhibition, ICONIC, highlights a body of work created between 2005 and 2012. This work explores several themes, including portrait paintings that are influenced by religious symbolism and other figurative work emblematic of the artist’s interpretation of ideal beauty.

The IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is located in the Savannah Center neighboring the IU Northwest Book Store.

The mission of the IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art is to present an innovative exhibition program that complements and enhances the university’s academic offerings. Exhibit art collections are for study and research, and are also meant to educate the university community and general public about the forms and issues of contemporary and historic art from all cultures.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Ann Fritz at (219) 980-6891 or e-mail  


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