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Art Collection

The Archbishop Alter Library's permanent art collection includes:

  • Growth of Spirit  by Therese Fisher Clements,
  • 3 Salvador Dali lithographs,
  • Contemporary Pieta by Jim Bono,
  • Vincenzo Gemito's bronze statue The Young Fisher Boy donated by Paul & Mary Margaret Naas,
  • Annual Library Art Prize Student Collection.

Growth of Spirit
is a multi-segmented screen-printed fabric design,
measuring 8' high by 22' wide. 
The piece was commissioned for the Library's refurbishment in 1988.

Jim Bono’s Contemporary Pieta
became part of our collection May 2005.  While the pieta is a traditional form, Jim writes in his artist statement that the piece is contemporary in that it "communicates universal sorrow for the loss of life in Iraq."  The featureless face of the mother is a powerful evocation of the "unbearable anguish" of any parent who has lost a child.  Good art should provoke a response from thoughtful viewers.  Since libraries are an ideal place to learn new ideas and challenge one’s previous assumptions, we welcome Jim’s work as another mental stimulus.

Annual Library Art Prize:

2012:  Kelsey McKay, Fish Fry Friday, Stencil printing on black cotton cloth

2011:  Laura Lazo, Suspended Fabric, Chalk pastel drawing on paper

2010:  Jan McComas-Birchfield, The Forgotten Chair, Digital print on canvas

2009:  Amber Krimmer, Repeating Elegance—Speed screen & stencil print on fabric

2008:  Lauren Kelly
Untitled--Digital Print

  Cherie Garces Isaiah--Cast resin sculpture

Sister Noella Poinsette Autumn Impressions--Digitally filtered giclee print

Allison Snyder Workman's Tools--Color Photograph

Ali Niles Charleston--Painting on Silk

Brenda McGee Self-portrait --Mixed media statue

: Sarah Emerson Damon Cloud Divination #1--Graphite and charcoal on crumpled paper

2001:  Kelly Schmithorst
His View: After Van Gogh's Wheatfield with Cypresses--Hand-stitched embroidery floss on fabric

Laura Rehkamp Outlaw Grandpa --Wood block print

Jennifer Koch Windows #2--Black ink wash on paper

Sarah Hillman African Mask--Charcoal & Conte crayon on colored paper

: Amy Frisz, Euphrates Dream--Screen & hand-painted, textile pigments on cotton

  Jessee Jeanne Smith Rheyshemananyoktau: 'Here there be Dragons'--Mixed Media



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