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New Exhibit of Angels and Saints by Dennis Dunleavy

Old and New Models for the New Evangelization

Published: Monday, October 26, 2015

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Dennis Dunleavy, local artist and associate professor at Benedictine College, will open an exhibit of 30 new paintings in the St. Benedict’s Abbey Gallery in Atchison, Kan., on Sunday, November 1, 2015, All Saints Day. The exhibit, “Angels and Saints: Old and New Models for the New Evangelization,” will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day in the Gallery, located downstairs in the Abbey near the Guadalupe Chapel. It will then be available for viewing by appointment through Christmas.

This is Dunleavy’s second installment of the Angels and Saints theme. His first exhibit featured 35 paintings in the tradition of “primitive” religious folk art. The current exhibit represents a turning point for Dunleavy in his technique and suggests a shift away from “primitive” or “naïve” painting to a more expressionistic style.  Expressionism, he said, is a movement where the artist appeals to the emotions of the viewer through representing experience symbolically rather than as physical reality.

In “Angels and Saints: Old and New Models for the New Evangelization,” Dunleavy turns to the saints - old and new - as models for the new evangelization. In his research, he discovered how Pope John XXIII, Saint John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI were deeply concerned about spreading the Good News through the works of the Catholic Church.

“Since the time of the Second Vatican Council, evangelization has become, as Pope Benedict XVI writes, an ‘immense force of renewal in the world,’” said Dunleavy.

Pope Benedict XVI addressed the Church’s missionary vocation during the 2010 Papal Mass on the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.

“Human beings of the third millennium want an authentic, full life; they need truth, profound freedom, love freely given,” Pope Benedict said in his homily. “Even in the deserts of the secularized world, man’s soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

Dunleavy teaches visual communication, photography and video in the Benedictine College Department of Journalism & Mass Communications. In the 1970s, he studied art with artist John Gould and the Art Students League of New York. In 2004, Dunleavy earned a doctorate in Communication and Society from the University of Oregon. He joined the Benedictine faculty in August 2011.  Before returning to college in 1996, Dunleavy worked for more than two decades as a photojournalist and correspondent in the U.S. and Latin America. His research areas include semiotics, image analysis, and digital culture.

About St. Benedict’s Abbey
St. Benedict's Abbey is a Catholic, Benedictine monastery located in Atchison, Kansas.  Founded in 1857, the monks of St. Benedict's Abbey live by according to the Rule of St. Benedict, praying and working for the glory of God and the good of the world. Education is the primary apostolate of the monks.  They co-sponsor Benedictine College and Maur Hill-Mount Academy.  The monks also serve the people of Northeast Kansas as Pastors, Chaplains, and much more. 

About Benedictine College
Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.