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Benedictine Professor Creates 35 Paintings in 40 Days

"Angels and Saints" Painted During Lent

Published: Thursday, April 16, 2015

St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kan., is hosting an exhibition of more than 35 paintings of angels and saints created throughout Lent by local artist and Benedictine College Associate Professor Dennis Dunleavy, Ph.D.

The exhibition will opened on April 19, 2015, in the Abbey’s art gallery, located on the lower level of the Abbey Church past Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. It will be on display and open for viewing from 11:00 a.m. (immediately after Mass) to Noon on Sundays and by appointment for the next several months. 

“The project is a spiritual exercise inspired by the belief that angels and saints, through example, can lead us to glorify God in unexpected ways,” Dunleavy said.

Painted in the tradition of “primitive” religious folk art, the work combines a stylized cross between the simplicity of icon writing and the bright bold colors found in contemporary illustrations.

Dunleavy teaches visual communication 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.

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.