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The Drake Hotel & St. John Cantius Church



   Sales end October 29th!


On November 4, the Catholic Art Guild will host its second annual conference with leading artists, architects & theologians, to rediscover the power of Beauty in the modern world. 

The conference, entitled "Formed in Beauty",  will feature Alexander Stoddart, Sculptor in Ordinary for Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland, Ethan Anthony, principal architect for Cram & Ferguson,  Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Thomistic theologian, liturgical scholar, and choral composer, and Juliette Aristides, Classical Realist Artist, Author & Founder of Aristides Atelier.

The conference will open with an Orchestral Latin Mass in the baroque splendor of Chicago’s historic St. John Cantius Church, a community well known for bringing beauty into Christian worship. in the baroque splendor of Chicago’s historic St. John Cantius Church. Conference presentations and discussions will take place at The Drake Hotel, followed by an elegant banquet and culminating in a stimulating panel discussion.

Ticket sales help us to cover the cost of putting this and future events together for the Art Guild.

We are extremely grateful for your support and hope you will join us for this amazing event!


Keynote Speaker

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Sir Roger Scruton
Alexander Stoddart
Sculptor in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland


I was born in Edinburgh in 1959, son of a graphic designer and a schoolteacher, and was a grandson of the Baptist manse. My childhood was spent in the village of Elderslie in Renfrewshire, in a house near the small monument to the national hero of the Scots, Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland. The presence of this fane in my early days had a profound effect on my later life and career as a monumentalist.

I was educated in Paisley and then went to Glasgow School of Art in 1976 at a time when it was most unlikely that any student would attempt any form of traditionalism. This meant that I managed to slip through to attempt work in the old styles, as the guard was down. In those days GSA was incredibly slipshod and liberal. Read more

Drake Hotel Grand Ballroom
Conferences will be held in the Grand Ballroom
Conference  Agenda

11:00           Choral High Mass St. John Cantius Church

12:20            Bus departs to Drake Hotel
12:30           Drake Hotel, Grand Ballroom: Registration

12:30 -2:00    Lunch Buffet, Drake Hotel, Grand Ballroom

2:00-2:45    Speaker: Juliette Aristides, Classical Realist Artist, Author & Atelier
2:45 -3:00   Break

3:00-3:45    Speaker: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Composer & Author

3:45-4:00    Break
4:00-4:45    Speaker: Ethan Anthony, Principal Architect, Cram & Ferguson

5:00-6:00   Keynote Address: Alexander Stoddart, Sculptor in Ordinary to Her Majesty

                      the Queen in Scotland

6:00-6:30    VIP Wine & Cheese Reception for Ticket Holders

6:30-7:30     Dinner in the Gold Coast Room
7:30-8:30     Q & A and Panel Discussion
8:30- 9:00   Social Time

Mass at St. John Cantius
Choral Latin High Mass at St. John Cantius Church

Gold CoastRoom of the Drake Hotel
Dinner and Panel Discussion in Gold Coast Room
Conference Speakers
Denis McNamara
Ethan Anthony
Principal Architect, Cram & Ferguson

Ethan Anthony has been Principal Architect and President at Cram and Ferguson Architects since he joined the firm in 1991. Anthony brought to the firm his early introduction to religious architecture through the Jesuits at Xavier High School in Concord, MA and his own reading on religious symbolism and architecture. Recent notable works include Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage, Boston MA, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Ridgway IL. An avid researcher of the firm predecessor’s work, Anthony authored “The Architecture of Ralph Adams Cram and His Office”, published in 2007. Mr. Anthony earned his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and is President of the Central MA AIA.

Since joining Cram and Ferguson, Anthony has turned his attention and the firm’s entirely to its original strength, the design and construction of traditional religious architecture and the design of religious interiors. Anthony began this work in earnest with the study first of the firm archives representing 120 years of leadership of religious architecture and then with six years of intensive study of religious monuments across Europe, a study he continues to this day with annual trips to Europe.

In 2017, Ethan Anthony received three awards through Central MA AIA for unbuilt and built religious institutions. In 2015, Anthony received the Award for Design Excellence through the AIA for the Casady School Chapel. In 1993, Anthony was given the IFRAA Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture and in 2004 he received the Golden Trowel Award from the Texas Masonry Institute for Our Lady of Walsingham.

During the last three decades, Anthony has designed numerous new traditional churches and interiors and has gained a national reputation for his work in liturgical architecture. His liturgical work can now befound in fifteen states.

Duncan Stroik
Dr. Peter Kwasniewski
Thomistic Theologian, Liturgical Scholar, & Choral Composer
Dr. Peter Kwasniewski:  Thomistic theologian, liturgical scholar, and choral composer, is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and The Catholic University of America. He has taught at the International Theological Institute in Austria, the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austria Program, and Wyoming Catholic College, which he helped establish in 2006. He writes regularly for The New Liturgical Movement, OnePeterFive, Rorate Caeli, and LifeSite News, and has authored six books, the most recent being Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages (Angelico, 2017).
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Juliette Aristides
Classical Realist Artist, Author, & Founder of Aristides Atelier

Juliette  Aristides  is  a  Seattle  based  painter  who  seeks  to  understand  and  convey the  human  spirit  through  art.   Actively  dedicated  to  rebuilding  a  traditional  arts  education  in  the  United  States,  Aristides  is  the  founder  and  instructor  of  the  Aristides  Atelier  at  the  Gage  Academy  of  Fine  Art  in  Seattle,  WA.  She  teaches  workshops  both  nationally  and  internationally.  Author  of  The  Classical  Drawing  Atelier,  The  Classical  Painting  Atelier,  Lessons  in  Classical  Drawing,  and  Lessons  in  Classical  Painting  with Watson-Guptill,  NY,  she is also a frequent contributor  to  various  arts  publications.  Aristides  exhibits  in  one  person  and  group  shows  nationally  and  her  work  has  been  featured  in  Gulf  Connoisseur  Magazine,  Artists  and  Illustrators  UK,  Artist’s  Magazine,  American  Arts  Quarterly,  Fine  Art  Connoisseur,  American  Art  Collector  and  American  Artist.  Aristides had her first solo  museum exhibition, Observations, August  2013  in  Reading,  PA and the upcoming show: Atelier: Painting and Process at the Maryhill Museum,Goldendale WA featuring the work of Aristides and her students.


For more information go to her website at: 

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Purchasing Tickets

Tickets end Oct. 26, 2018.


Tickets will not be available at the door or on the day of the event. 


Please be vigilant when purchasing tickets to select the correct tickets depending on your status as a Catholic Art Guild member or non-member. We will be verifying ticket purchases for enrolled members.

If you would like to enroll as a member, you can do so by completing our membership form.

Since the event will change venues after the Mass, we will provide bus transportation to the Drake Hotel from St. John Cantius. If you would like to use the bus service, please be sure select that ticket option in addition to your conference ticket.


Please note, buses will not return to St. John Cantius after the event ends. 

Tickets are for the full day event, partial tickets for either the presentations or just the dinner are not available.

Dinner at the Drake

Dinner at the Drake hotel will include a three-course dinner with table-side wine service (soup and dessert included).  A question & answer panel discussion will follow dinner for approximately 30 minutes.

If you would like a vegetarian dinner or have any special dietary needs, please email us at after you purchase your ticket and we will notify the kitchen. 


The evening will end at the Drake. Trolleys will not return to St. John Cantius so please plan accordingly.

Discounted Room Reservations

A limited block of rooms for the conference has been secured at a rate of $179 a night.  Reservations can be made at this link or by calling 1 (800) 55- DRAKE to secure a reservation. Please provide the group code: CAG. 

Room discount ends October 2, 2018.

Mozart's Requiem Nov 2nd

The annual Mozart Requiem Mass for the Feast of All Souls takes place on Friday Nov. 2, 2018 at St. John Cantius. If you're interested in coming into town for the weekend and arriving on Friday , the Requiem Mass begins at 7:30pm and is free of charge. Seating is limited so arrive early.

Juliette Aristides Drawing Demo November 3rd

On Saturday Nov. 3rd, Master Artist Juliette Aristides will present a two and half hour demonstration in classical figure drawing techniques. This powerful skill building approach to drawing is based upon on the nineteenth-century model of teaching artists by pairing them with a master artist. Observing the master artist demonstrate techniques is a critical part of learning in this method.

Juliette will draw from a live, clothed model, lecturing on the critical steps to this classical approach which include: the critical beginning process, blocking in shapes, measuring, adjusting your initial block-in, shading techniques, judging tones from darkest to highlights, common mistakes to avoid, a discussion of materials, and opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

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Dr. Peter Kwasniewski Vesper & Talk November 3rd


Tickets are refundable for the full price until October 26, 2018 (minus Eventbrite fees). Refunds are initiated by the ticket holder by logging into Eventbrite and requesting a refund.  If you have questions, please email:


Frequently Asked Questions

What's the refund policy? Last day to buy tickets? 


Tickets are for the full day event, partial priced tickets are not available. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 29,2018. Full refund (save Eventbrite fees) will be available through Oct. 26, 2018. No refunds can be given after that date.


Will tickets be available at the door?

Tickets will not be available at the door or on the day of the event. Tickets must be purchased by October 29, 2018.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We would prefer you please bring your ticket to the event. Should you forget your printed ticket, we will have a list for those that purchased tickets and the number of tickets purchased. We will use this list at registration, for the trolley and entry to the dinner at the Drake.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Saint John Cantius Church is located at the triple intersection of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Ogden Avenue. The 24-hour CTA “Chicago” Blue Line subway stop is only a block away. Bus 56 on Milwaukee Ave, and Bus 66 on Chicago Ave stop nearby.  


There is limited street parking and lot space available at St. John Cantius.

Valet parking is available on site at the Drake Hotel. Nearby garage parking is also available, check online for rates and options.  

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