6th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition
November 1 through December 4, 2016
Denis R. McNamara, Ph.D., Juror 

 Gallery Hours

Tuesdays through Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Other times by appointment

Free and open to the public



oin us this Fall for the 6th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition/Exhibition. The Catholic Arts competition/exhibition, which has received national attention, was established in 2001 by the late Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B. (1957-2014). Br. Nathan set out to support artists who engage Catholic subject matter by providing a committed venue, notable jurors, a color illustrated catalog and prizes that include monetary awards as well as exhibition display. The hope is that pastors and churches will furnish churches with new, original art.

Denis R. McNamara, Ph.D., the 2016 juror, is an architectural historian specializing in the theology of liturgical art and architecture, classicism, and sacramental aesthetics. Dr. McNamara serves as Associate Professor and Associate Director at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake- Mundelein Seminary, a graduate program in liturgical studies founded by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. He holds a B.A. in the History of Art from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, where he concentrated his research on the study of ecclesiastical architecture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

He has served on the Art and Architecture Commission of the Archdiocese of Chicago and works frequently with architects and pastors in church renovations and new design. He has appeared on both Catholic and secular television and radio, and is a frequent presenter in academic as well as parish settings.

Dr. McNamara is the author of numerous articles on art and architecture in Communio, Rite, Chicago Studies, Adoremus Bulletin, Sacred Architecture, Environment and Art Letter, Assembly, The Priest, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Letter and Spirit, and Arris: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. His book Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago (Liturgy Training Publications, 2005) appeared on the Catholic Bestseller List and won a Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Booksellers Association as well as two first place awards from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. His 2009 book, Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy, earned a second place award from the Catholic Press Association. His newest book, How to Read A Church: A Crash Course in Christian Architecture (Rizzoli) has been published in seven languages.

Past Jurors include: Dr. Frima Fox Hofrichter, professor of the history of art and design at Pratt Institute, NY, and co-author to the Baroque and Rococo sections of Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition; Duncan G. Stroik, professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, IN, and preeminent liturgical architect; Sister Wendy Beckett, world-acclaimed art historian and BBC personality; Dr. John T. Spike, Assistant Director and Chief Curator of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg VA, and leaded Leonardo and Michelangelo expert; and Janet Mckenzie, an internationally-known artist known for her distinctive iconography of sacred subjects whose work won first place the National Catholic Reporter's "Jesus 2000" competition.






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