Noted Artist and Author, Jean Morman Unsworth Donates Inspiring Sacred Heart Sculpture and Lyric Baritone Robert Sims Join the Special Dedication and Program at St. Elizabeth Church in Chicago on July 23, 2017

Inspiring Sacred Heart Sculpture Dedication

Chicago— A special mass and dedication of the Inspiring Sacred Heart sculpture created by recognized artist Jean Morman Unsworth will be held on  Sun., July 23rd  at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Chicago at the 10 a.m. mass.  The dedication celebration will be joined by Lyric Baritone Robert Sims.  

What:  Special Mass and Dedication of Sacred Heart Sculpture by Artist Jean Morman Unsworth

When:  Sun.,July 23, 2017   

Time:  10:00 a.m. CT 

Where: St. Elizabeth Church, 50 East 41st Street, Chicago, Ill. 60653 

The mass and program are open to the public. All are welcome to attend the special services. Father Bob Kelly, SVD, will be presider for the dedication mass.

Unsworth is well-known for finding a form and developing it which is her delight and desire when designing. It’s art and skillful application. With a MFA from Notre Dame and a lifetime of experience in art, she connects art, fashion with Originals by Jean, and teaching others about art and its beauty. 

The sculpture was created to inspire the love of Jesus symbolized by the heart.  The heart is welded from copper tubing.

In the Fall 2016, LUMA celebrated the naming of the Jean Morman Unsworth Art Expressways Gallery featuring artwork by K through 12 students from the Chicagoland area. Ms. Unsworth has been a long-time friend of LUMA. She taught at Loyola University from 1971 to 1987 and was invited to be on the board of directors when LUMA first opened in 2005. The current LUMA exhibition is Beam It Out, Bring It In  and on display until Oct. 2017. 

Her success includes starting the Children’s Museum in Chicago; teaching art for numerous years, Professor Emerita of Loyola University Chicago in Fine Arts, and launching the first masters program in fine art at Columbia College.  These are a few of her many accomplishments, in addition to writing several books. Unsworth was recently inducted into the McAuley Hall of Honor on April 30th by the Mother McAuley/Saint Xavier Academy Alumnae Association.  Unsworth taught art at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School from 1956 to 1967. 

Sims is a noted-baritone with the Lyric Opera and hailed for his rich tone, energetic performances and electric stage presence. As a classically trained artist, Sims is drawn to spirituals not only because of their role in African-American history, but also because “spirituals are a music full of hope and promise. They have something that speaks to everyone.” 

The Gold Medal winner of the American Traditions Competition, Sims has been highly praised for his moving interpretations of African American spirituals, and has given numerous recitals of them throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.  He recently made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall, and has performed in concert at Lincoln Center in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, the Los Angeles African American Museum, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, the Chicago Historical Society, the Latour de France International Music Festival in France, and the celebrated American Church in Paris.  Under the auspices of the Community Concerts and Live On Stage Series, Sims performed more than 150 recitals throughout the United States. 

Sims is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of MusicBinghamton UniversityNorthwestern University, and the American Conservatory of Music. He has also studied at the Music Academy of the WestChautauqua Musical Institute, and the Oberlin/Urbania Vocal Institute in Urbania, Italy. 

Founded in 1881, St. Elizabeth Church is Chicago’s second oldest Catholic Church and the city’s oldest African-American Catholic parish. The parish school, also named St. Elizabeth, has provided God-centered education for more than 120 years. Divine Word Missionaries have served the parish since 1924.

For more information to attend the special mass service and program, contact St. Elizabeth’s Church by telephone at (312) 608-3340. 

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