The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents Beth Shadur’s “Fragility of the Sacred” series, an exhibition of paintings integrating idea, text and visual images with the theme of fragility. The virtual exhibit is featured online through Feb. 20 at

The theme of fragility, Shadur says, “has been present in my life in many aspects and deserves interpretation and exploration. I am looking at fragility of not only the wider environment, but the fragility of our own lives…As I age, I understand more significantly how fragile our plans are for our futures, and I often use symbolism to explore and portray these ideas.”

Shadur is an artist who has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Drawing Center in New York City; the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY; the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, OH; and at the Colorado Springs Art Museum. She has created over 150 large public murals as public, private and community art projects in both the United States and Great Britain. Since 2012, Shadur has served as the Gallery Director at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL. In 2016, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Illinois State Museum. Her work is owned in many private and public collections.

“Beth has had a most distinguished art career,” says BettyAnn Mocek, CUC professor of art and director of the Ferguson Gallery. “We are so excited to have her share her work with our Concordia University Chicago community.”

The online exhibition is one of the ways Concordia University Chicago is bringing the arts, including music and theater, to the community as the pandemic continues to affect campus life. The Ferguson Art Gallery is closed to in-person visits by the public at this time. For more information, visit or call 708-209-3013.