Art exhibits at Holy Wisdom Monastery

The Benedictine Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery sponsor art exhibits every year as part of their mission. Usually held in the spring, summer and fall, these exhibits hang in the gathering area of the LEED-certified monastery building. Selected artwork is in keeping with the monastic environment and reflects the Benedictine values of beauty, balance, simplicity, contemplation, and reverence for creation.

Upcoming art exhibit

Jeanette Zissell: A Still Life
May 10-July 28, 2019

Holy Wisdom is pleased to feature the work of Jeanette Zissell, a literary scholar and self-taught visual artist whose unique mixed-media drawing technique illustrates captivating images in soft translucent colors. Her drawings express soothing, contemplative emotions that inspire mindfulness and serenity in others.

Opening Reception

All are welcome to attend the opening reception on May 10, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 pm. The evening will include a brief reflection by the artist at 6:00 pm, plus beverages and light appetizers.

No registration is necessary for the reception, just come, and bring your friends!

The exhibit will run from May 10 through July 28, 2019.  Gallery hours are M – F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (excluding holidays) and Sundays 10:00 – 11:00 am.

Current art exhibit

Gary Eldred: The Simple Beauty of Native Plants
January 11-February 28, 2019

Holy Wisdom Monastery is pleased to feature the pen and ink drawings of Gary Eldred who was one of the originators of The Prairie Enthusiasts, an organization whose mission is to protect land with remnant prairies and savannas. His art grew out of his love for the species he was working to protect for future generations. The exhibit illustrates the delicate beauty of native plants that might be missed from a distance.

This collection of 23 works was completed between 1989 and 1991 and is being added to Holy Wisdom’s permanent art collection.

All are welcome.

More information

For more information about attending an art exhibit, sponsoring an art exhibit or displaying art at Holy Wisdom Monastery, contact Rachel Olson at, 608-836-1631, x120.

Displaying art at the monastery

Every year, the monastery features several art exhibits and artists are welcome to submit their art for consideration (see guidelines).

Exhibits at Holy Wisdom Monastery seek to:

  • Highlight creativity as an aspect of our spiritual lives
  • Encourage a ‘new way of seeing’ by the viewer
  • Open our space to the creative gifts of others and give them an opportunity to share their work with all guests
  • Bring a representation of contemporary artistic expression to the monastery
  • Provide an additional opportunity for guests to experience Holy Wisdom Monastery

Submissions are due in December each year for the next year’s spring and fall exhibits.