September 24, 2014
Alexa Napolitan '15
Communications and Marketing Intern
In honor of the 125th anniversary of Saint Anselm College, the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center will feature a year-long exhibition, Reverie: Realizing a Collection, designed to celebrate the college's long tradition of creating, collecting, and displaying artwork for members of the college community as well as visitors from throughout New England.
The Chapel Art exhibit will take form in a rotating series of installations, each accenting the Chapel Art Center's growing collecting while also exploring the rich history of art at Saint Anselm.
"As Reverie comes together, the rich aesthetic foundations of Saint Anselm College are being realized once again." says Fr. Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., director of the Chapel Art Center. "A collection such as ours is a glorious testament to our history as educators, who have never forgotten the importance of learning to see - to understand - the beauty that lies hidden in our souls."
The first installation will highlight the Studio of Christian Art, which was opened in 1893 by Father Bonaventure Ostendorp, O.S.B., and its artistic legacy. The exhibit will feature European and American landscape painting completed in the fashion of the Hudson River School, which reflects major themes of 19th century America: discovery, exploration, and settlement.
The Chapel Art Center will host several programs and events this fall. Conservator Gianfranco Pocobene from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston will visit to discuss his experience restoring several prominent mural programs in Boston's Copley Square, a topic presented in relation to the prospect of cleaning and restoring the Chapel Art Center's elaborate ceiling murals. The guest lecture will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.
Reverie: Realizing a Collection will be on view Sept. 26 through Dec. 10 with an opening reception to be held Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. Information regarding programs, events, and gallery hours may be found on the Chapel Art Center website: www.anselm.edu/chapelart.
Image: "Rustic View" by Charles Curtis Allen, mid-twentieth Century, oil on board. Permanent Collection, Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center.