St. Gregory’s University art show examines God in nature

From staff reports Modified: February 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013
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St. Gregory’s University will present a month-long art exhibition of works by staff, faculty and alumni of the university, opening Friday, March 1, at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art on the SGU campus, 1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee.

Titled “Nature in Prayer: Artwork from the St. Gregory’s University Community,” the exhibition features a blend of icons, paintings, drawings, photographs, mixed media, prints, ceramics and sculpture depicting a reverence for God reflected in a love of nature. The show will run through March 24.

SGU visual arts professor Sheryl Cozad curated the exhibition with the assistance of Mabee-Gerrer preparator Daniel Lay.

“The exciting thing about this work is that it demonstrates the Benedictine mission of the St. Gregory’s community while showing the way that artists search for God through looking at the natural world surrounding them,” Cozad said. “As Fr. Thomas Berry states, ‘The universe lives through us. We are the painter and the painting.’”

In addition to work presented by Cozad, St. Gregory’s President Gregory Main also contributed pieces, including one entitled “The Cow.”

“My work is about either people or animals, which are both a part of nature,” Main said. “The horse and the cow have been important throughout history. I want people to enjoy the interplay of color and expression in my work describing the horse’s movement and the cow’s stability.”