From the tradition of the Christmas crèche to art inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si which quoted St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures, there has been a longstanding relationship between Franciscans, Franciscan spirituality, and the arts. This exhibit seeks to bring together work by contemporary Franciscan artists without regard to its content, and work from artists that use Franciscan themes.
Mounted in conjunction with the school’s 50th anniversary, acknowledging the Franciscans (Sacred Heart Province) as one of the three founding religious communities of the school, and enhancing an October symposium focused on Franciscan lifelong formation, the show’s title comes from the Franciscan rule of 1223. Its 5th chapter states the friars are to “work faithfully and devotedly so that…they do not extinguish the Spirit of holy prayer and devotion to which all temporal things must contribute.”
Our goal is to mount a show that records and celebrates contemporary artists’ efforts to work “faithfully and devotedly,” filled with the “Spirit of holy prayer and devotion.”
The Mary-Frances & Bill Beeck Gallery