Opening in the fall
Reverie: Realizing a Collection
On view September 26 - December 10, 2014
Opening Reception Thursday September 25, 6 - 8 p.m.
In celebration of Saint Anselm College's 125th anniversary, the Chapel Art Center will present a year-long exhibition reflecting over a century of creating, collecting, and appreciating art on the Saint Anselm campus. The exhibition will trace the beginnings of the arts at Saint Anselm as far back as 1893 when Father Bonaventure Ostendarp opened the Studio of Christian Art, a workshop dedicated to producing decorative murals and liturgical art for Catholic churches across the United States. In the early twentieth century the Studio of Christian Art was overseen by Father Raphael Pfisterer, who also designed and painted the exquisite ceiling murals in the college's chapel - the same space which, since 1967, has served as the Chapel Art Center's gallery and exhibition space.
In the course of forty-seven years the Chapel Art Center has hosted over two hundred and fifty exhibitions of work by artists of national and international renown, in addition to countless lectures, concerts, gallery tours, and artist demonstrations. In recent years the gallery has placed an increased focus on building a strong and vibrant permanent collection, now numbering at close to four hundred artworks ranging from fifteenth-century drawings by Italian renaissance masters to recent works by contemporary New England artists. Reverie: Realizing a Collection will provide an overview of this rich history of artistic creation and cultural programs at Saint Anselm College.
(Top) Guseppe Cesari, known as Cavaliere d'Arpino (Italian, 1568-1640). The Annunciation, 1590s. Red chalk on laid paper, 9 5/8 x 8 3/8 inches. Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection.
(Bottom) Charles Curtis Allen (American, 1886-1950). Rustic View, 1930s. Oil on canvasboard, 18 x 24 inches. Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection.