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Archbishop Alter Library
Mount St. Joseph University
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233

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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.

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

2007:  Cherie Garces Isaiah--Cast resin sculpture

2006:  Sister Noella Poinsette Autumn Impressions--Digitally filtered giclee print

2005:  Allison Snyder Workman's Tools--Color Photograph

2004:  Ali Niles Charleston--Painting on Silk

2003: Brenda McGee Self-portrait --Mixed media statue

2002: 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

2000Laura Rehkamp Outlaw Grandpa --Wood block print

1999Jennifer Koch Windows #2--Black ink wash on paper

1998Sarah Hillman African Mask--Charcoal & Conte crayon on colored paper

1997: Amy Frisz, Euphrates Dream--Screen & hand-painted, textile pigments on cotton

1996:  Jessee Jeanne Smith Rheyshemananyoktau: 'Here there be Dragons'--Mixed Media