Art exhibits at Holy Wisdom Monastery

The Benedictine Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery sponsor three art exhibits every year as part of their mission. 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

Beneath the Surface — Lisa Seidman
May 4-July 31, 2018

All are welcome to the opening reception for the spring art exhibit, Beneath the Surface, featuring photographs of well-known Madison locations seen in intriguingly unfamiliar ways. Photographer, Lisa Seidman crafts images emphasizing the furtive, fleeting, hidden and unnoticed. It’s a perspective that brings new appreciation for familiar places by illuminating that which is just beneath the surface of the everyday.

The exhibit opens Friday, May 4, 2018 with a reception held at Holy Wisdom Monastery from 5:00-7:00 pm. The evening will include a brief reflection by the artist at 6:00 pm and light refreshments will be served. Bring your friends!

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

More information

For more information about attending 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.