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Chapel Art Center Fall Programming Offered

September 28, 2015

Chapel Art Center
(603) 641-7470
chapelartcenter@anselm.edu

Kristen Gresh, Ph.D.The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center is pleased to announce their fall programming, including the Fine Arts Series, which is co-sponsored by the college's Fine Arts Department, and a special Walking Art Tour.

Fine Arts Series Lecture Schedule

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World
Kristen Gresh, Ph.D., (pictured right) the Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will present a lecture discussing the exhibition, She Who Tells a Story, which she curated. Gresh will discuss the works by twelve prominent photographers featured in the show, as well as behind-the scenes preparation for the exhibition.

Thursday, October 1, 4:30 p.m.
Dana Center, Room 1D
Reception to follow at the Dana Center

Walking Art Tour
Anselmian Culture in Bronze, Stone, and Glass

Fr. Iain MacLellan, Director of the Chapel Art Center, will lead a public walking tour of the Saint Anselm College campus to view artworks by multitalented sculptor and stained glass artist Sylvia Nicolas. In addition to discussing Nicolas's bronze statues of Saint Anselm, Saint Benedict, and the Madonna of Saint Anselm, Fr. Iain will lead participants in a close look at the stained glass windows, mosaics, and other works by the talented Nicolas family in the Saint Anselm Abbey Church. This event is open to the public and presented in conjunction with Saint Anselm College's Family Weekend.

Saturday, October 24, 1:30 p.m.
Tour will begin at the Chapel Art Center and conclude with a light reception at the Grotto. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. Tour will be approximately 45 minutes in length.

Also On View Saturday, October 24
Works by Sylvia Nicolas from the Chapel Art Center Collection

The Chapel Art Center is pleased to present this one-day exhibition of sculpture, stained glass, and works on paper by Sylvia Nicolas. This temporary exhibit, taking place in the Chapel Art Center's newly renovated lobby, will feature works drawn from the permanent collection. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with Saint Anselm College's Family Weekend.

Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Entrance Lobby to the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center

Protectors of Paul: The Benedictines and Saint Paul's Basilica in Rome
A lecture presented by Nicola Camerlenghi, Assistant Professor of Late Antique and Medieval Architecture at Dartmouth College.

Thursday, November 19, 4:30 p.m.
Dana Center, Room 1D
Reception to follow at the Dana Center


Renovations Continue

Last April, the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center was temporarily closed when a portion of a plaster ceiling collapsed in the early hours of the morning over the college's Easter Break.

The incident prompted gallery staff and college officials to conduct a thorough investigation of the Chapel Art Center's historic structure, which was built in 1923 originally to serve as the college chapel. Although the adjacent Alumni Hall is an older building, dating to the 1890s, over the years it underwent a series of renovations and modernizations, while the Chapel Art Center's interior remains largely unchanged. Workers inspected the gallery's offices and public spaces and carefully examined the large vaulted ceiling decorated with murals painted by Fr. Raphael Pfisterer, O.S.B., between 1927 and 1931. Ultimately, it was determined that many of the ceilings in the Chapel Art Center were ageing and in need of replacement. The irreplaceable vaulted ceiling would require special attention to ensure its stabilization and preservation.

In order to safeguard its permanent collection of artworks, the Chapel Art Center arranged for the entire collection to be packed and moved into off-site storage by art professionals. Beginning in the summer, restoration crews and specialists have been at work in the gallery and its surrounding spaces. Currently, the gallery's administrative offices are open and the foyer has been thoroughly renovated, with new flooring and a fresh coat of paint. Work will continue in the gallery through the fall semester.

Aside from this fall's programming, the Chapel Art Center is keeping busy with the development of a new digital collections database, the first step toward making the permanent collection available online.

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