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.

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. The exhibit will run January 11 through February 28, 2019.  Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (excluding holidays) and Sundays 10:00 – 11:00 am.

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 rolson@benedictinewomen.org, 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.