Message from Fr. Iain
Over the college's Easter Break, a portion of a plaster ceiling in the gallery of The Chapel Art Center suffered a localized collapse. The incident occurred during the early hours of the morning when the gallery was unoccupied.
Chapel Art Center staff is continuing to assess the condition of artworks that were in the gallery at the time of the incident. At this stage it appears that none of the works sustained any damage. The Chapel Art Center's historic ceiling murals are intact and appear to be unaffected.
Restoration crews and specialists are working in the gallery to remove debris and completely clean the entire space. They will begin to provide information in the near future, but for the time being we are very much at an assessment stage. During this time the gallery will remain closed and all programming is suspended.
As the work continues, the entrance to Alumni Hall nearest the Chapel Art Center will be closed, and the internal stairway to the Fine Arts Department offices in the lower level will be blocked. These offices may be accessed using the South Hall entrance.
I am most grateful to the college community and all of our friends and supporters who have responded in very helpful ways. We are making real progress and I have every confidence that the everything is being done to get us back to normal.
Iain MacLellan, O.S.B.
Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center
Saint Anselm College
About the Center
The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center is our gallery for the exhibition of fine art. Founded in 1967, this facility provides a gracious setting for special exhibitions and it also houses a small permanent collection. It welcomes the campus and general public with exhibitions throughout the academic year.
Formerly the college's chapel, the Chapel Art Center has maintained a beautifully decorated vaulted ceiling with allegorical lunettes and magnificent stained glass windows. Its uniquely serene ambiance and rich historical significance make for the perfect cultural setting. As a center for the promotion of the fine arts, exhibitions coincide with lectures, tours, concerts, and recitals.