The Abbey Art Collection
Seek Things Above

Providing a window into the art world of Mount Angel Abbey.

Summer 2020 Virtual Exhibit: Lovely to Behold

What you will find here and why

For those who have experienced the renovated Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center, the question may arise, “Where did the art come from and why has it been placed here? There is something different about it!” We hope there is. When Fr. Pius X Harding, O.S.B., guest master, and I discussed the final placement of art pieces in 2019 – 2020, it became apparent that Fr. Pius was working from a philosophy or a vision that guided choice and placement. Over the years, Mount Angel has been blessed with many people choosing us as a place to give their treasured art. I say this because, we had a number of very good pieces available for the guesthouse and a number of groups/individuals ready to help adorn the walls and renovated spaces. Yet, we were not interested just in décor. Religious art should not only be décor: that is, the right look, right color, right size, pleasant, or whatever. It is not decoration in that sense. Good religious art promotes spiritual insight, right doctrine, and sound theology, a soul’s experience, and support of one’s faith. This is what Fr. Pius told me as we began to sift art work to carefully place in this new and beautiful space provided by many generous and faith-filled donors. So, here are some of the pieces; more will follow in time. We now have nearly 100 pieces placed in the building. (Fr. Nathan Zodrow, O.S.B., curator).

The virtual exhibit was displayed through September 30, 2020.