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IU Northwest gallery features Blanca Lopez Legacy exhibit; reception planned for Jan. 16

Exhibit brings work of alumna home as fitting tribute to late artist

Wednesday Jan 09, 2013

The Indiana University Northwest campus and the greater Northwest Indiana community are invited to view the work of the late Blanca Lopez in the Gallery for Contemporary Art. The exhibit runs through February 1. A reception is planned for 12 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the gallery, located in the Savannah Center.

Lopez was an IU Northwest alumna who passed away in 2011. Gallery Director Ann Fritz described Lopez as an accomplished artist who had mastered the craft of realistic painting.

“Her style was very unique, often with dark colors,” Fritz said. “Many of her paintings are divided in half, for example, with a landscape on the top and an object on the bottom.”

Fritz said the oil on canvas pieces that are on display run the gamut, from her very first paintings as an undergraduate, complete with comments from her instructor, Professor of Fine Arts Neil Goodman, to works previously on display at the Byron Roche Gallery in Chicago.

Lopez, a Beverly Shores resident and native of East Chicago, earned her bachelor of arts degree in Fine Arts from IU Northwest in 1992. She completed her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Chicago in 1994 and went on to teach at the American Academy of Art for 10 years. Lopez had a successful career as a painter, and her work was collected and exhibited throughout the years.

Goodman remembers well the talent he first saw in Lopez’s first drawing when she began attending classes at IU Northwest in 1988.

“It was a perfectly realistic drawing of a piece of crumbled aluminum foil,” Goodman recalled.  “Every detail was exact. Both (Professor of Fine Arts) Dave Klamen and I looked at the drawing and immediately realized that this was both a very serious and very talented student.

“Her life was shorter than what it should have been but long enough to make a difference in so many other lives,” Goodman added. “She was both a friend and a person I admired. In the world that she lived and the people whose lives she touched, her star will always shine and radiate with her warmth, kindness and love.

“It is a fitting tribute to Blanca that we are able to bring her work ‘home’ for one last time. Life is beginnings and endings and in this way our memorial exhibition is a tribute to both.”

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. For information about parking policies at IU Northwest, visit

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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