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Supporter donates artwork as permanent fixture in Sculpture Garden

April 26, 2011

Nia Terezakis, M.D., a well-known physician in New Orleans and highly respected art designer and collector, has donated a sculpture from her personal collection to Loyola University New Orleans. “Lilly” is a kinetic sculpture crafted by acclaimed New Orleans artist Lin Emery H '04.

Terezakis, a member of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts Visiting Committee, has created an impressive collection of art works by New Orleans-based and Latin American artists over the years. Her love for art is well-known and she often develops strong attachments to certain pieces.

“I consider myself to have a good eye for art,” said Terezakis. “Even when I couldn’t really afford it, I still managed to bring art home for my collection.” One such piece was “Lilly," created by Emery who is known worldwide for her immense sculptures that are set apart by their ability to move and change with the wind. “Kinetic sculptures are so beautiful,” said Terezakis. “I would rather have a beautiful Lin Emery sculpture than shop at the finest department stores.”

However, after she was forced from her home in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many pieces in her collection, including “Lilly,” had to be housed in storage for years, unseen and unappreciated by anyone.

Terezakis’ connection to Loyola and her love of art inspired her to share one of her most prized art works with the university.

“I wanted my sculpture to be experienced, it needed a home,” said Terezakis. “Then I had an idea, if I gave the piece to Loyola, everyone could see it in the way it should be seen.”

When plans came together for the Loyola Sculpture Garden in 2008, Terezakis saw this as the perfect opportunity to have her sculpture included. With help from the Arthur Roger Gallery, the piece became a fixture of the garden in the spring of 2010. Terezakis officially gifted the sculpture to Loyola in December.

“This piece has become an integral part of Loyola’s sculpture garden,” said Karoline Schleh, instructor of visual arts and cultivator of the sculpture garden. “It’s vital for students to experience beautiful art and visitors absolutely love it.”

Donald Boomgaarden, Ph.D., dean of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts, agrees and said of Terezakis, “Nia is a wonderful member of our visiting committee and a great friend to the students and faculty members of Loyola’s visual arts department. This gift is not just a beautiful sculpture, but it is a reminder that a gift from one special individual can make a huge difference in the lives of our young people, and bring them closer to the understanding that art is not a luxury, not just something to be admired, but an essential part of their lives.”

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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