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Jennifer Lux
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Loyola University Museum of Art Welcomes New Curator

Jonathan P. Canning Appointed Curator of the Martin D'Arcy Collection


CHICAGO, September 6, 2006 -- The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) has named Jonathan P. Canning as the curator of its permanent collection, Treasures of the Martin D'Arcy Collection. A specialist in European medieval art, Canning will oversee the more than 500 pieces of medieval, renaissance, and baroque art, use his expertise to organize new exhibitions historically related to the collection, supervise research and catalogs, serve as acting director of the museum, and guide the acquisition of new art.

Canning comes to Chicago from Canterbury, England, where he served as the research curator for the city's Museums and Galleries Service. He has also worked with a number of medieval collections at leading national institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Cloisters branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. While in New York, he also worked for the New York Historical Society and The Jewish Museum. 

"We are very pleased to have Jonathan Canning join our LUMA staff, said Pamela Ambrose, director of cultural affairs at LUMA. Under his guidance, and as years go forward, the museum will focus on new acquisitions to the D'Arcy Collection." 

Canning received his Master's degree in Philosophy from Columbia University, New York; an MA from the University of Delaware; and a BA Hons. from the Courtauld Institute at the University of London. Canning is currently a PhD candidate in Art History at Columbia University, for which he is writing a dissertation on English burial chapels and commemorative rites. 

About the Martin D'Arcy Collection
The Martin D'Arcy Gallery and the collection of medieval, renaissance, and baroque art was founded in 1969 by Donald Rowe, S.J., who named the gallery after Martin D'Arcy, S.J., the Master of Campion Hall at Oxford University. Fr. Rowe, impressed with D'Arcy's mission to put young minds in touch with art, sought to create a similar situation at Loyola University Chicago and assembled a major portion of the collection of religious and secular sculpture, decorative arts, liturgical objects, paintings, and prints. 

Previously displayed in Cudahy Library on Loyola University Chicago's Lake Shore Campus, the D'Arcy collection was recently moved to LUMA's new facility on the University's Water Tower Campus. The collection will be re-installed in fall 2007 in LUMA's permanent galleries and will open to the public in October 2007.

About LUMA
Opened in 2005, the Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to exploring, promoting, and understanding art and artistic expression that illuminates the enduring spiritual questions of all cultures and societies. As a museum with an interest in education and educational programming, LUMA reflects the University’s Jesuit mission and is dedicated to helping people of all creeds explore the roots of their faith and spiritual quests. Located at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, the museum occupies the first three floors of the University’s historic Lewis Towers on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. For more information, visit the museum’s website at LUC.edu/luma.

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