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Alumna’s Arts Career Was Shaped at LMU

Sinéad Finnerty-Pyne ’00 was determined to find a job in the art world once she earned her degree at Loyola Marymount University. During her senior year, she worked at the Laband Art Gallery and assisted on a professional art show, gaining valuable knowledge and connections.

Today, Finnerty-Pyne is a curator and exhibitions manager at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, Calif., where this past spring she organized her first major exhibition, “Under the Knife.” She also served as judge for the 2009 “California Open Exhibition,” held May 23-June 26, 2009 in Long Beach, Calif. She credits her education and years at LMU as the driving force in her career. “The professors were very supportive of my ambitions,” Finnerty-Pyne said. “I had a great experience at LMU.”

“Under the Knife” displayed the art of 12 contemporary artists who employ the technique of cutting in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and collage. Finnerty-Pyne, who earned her bachelor’s degree in art history with a minor in studio art, is working on her next major exhibition, “Stitches,” which will open in spring 2010.

Finnerty-Pyne started preparing to be an arts administrator during her undergraduate years at LMU. She got on-the-job training in her senior year when Gordon Fuglie, then-director of the Laband Art Gallery, asked Finnerty-Pyne to assist on a show of Los Angeles artists that was held in Seattle. Her role was to interview the artists for the curator’s catalog essay.

In 2006, Finnerty-Pyne curated “Ricochet,” the first juried exhibition of LMU alumni art. “I was honored to be a part of the rich history of LMU’s Department of Art and Art History by curating the inaugural alumni exhibition,” Finnerty-Pyne said. “I started off as a student who worked behind the front desk 10 years earlier, then became someone who curated an exhibition there. That was truly an important moment in my artistic career.”

Finnerty-Pyne has been with the nonprofit Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena for about 1½ years.  She has worked on Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree” project in Pasadena and is preparing for the center’s 20th anniversary exhibition, “Installations Inside/Out,” featuring artists such as Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman and Daniel Buren.

For more information about the Armory Center for the Arts, go to www.armoryarts.org. For more information on LMU’s arts offerings, go to http://cfa.lmu.edu.