The Art of Sharing

In keeping with Catholic and Marianist traditions of the University of Dayton, which honors the Blessed Virgin Mary as a model of faith and devoted service, the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute makes available a variety of traveling exhibits for rental to museums, galleries, colleges, parishes and other institutions. In addition, several individual pieces of our collection are also available for loan on-campus and beyond. Contact Michele Devitt, Curatorial Assistant, at 229-4213 or email for a consultation. 

On-campus Loans

Buidlings and departments on the University of Dayton campus are invited to borrow art from the Marian Library Collection. See our Guidelines for Loan of Art for more detailed information.

Traveling Exhibit Loans

The following exhibits are compiled and ready for loan. 

The Fairest of All

Jan Oliver

Jan Oliver’s ‘Fairest of All’ is the artistic rendering of a rediscovery. This vibrant discovery of Our Lady reflects joy and harmony, inspired by nature, colors and culture of the Southwest. Meditating on the life of Mary, Oliver discovers in Mary the Mother of us all.

30 acrylic paintings, stretched canvas (4 sizes, 36"x48", 30"x40",18"x24",12"x18")


When Words Become Pictures

Ann Bain

Ann Bain captures Mary’s biblical words, her own words and the words about her in calligraphy. Each of these New Testament references is an individual painting. Together they form a life of Our Lady and a concise timeline of biblical history.

12 pieces, framed (28"x20.25")


The Small Dance of Death

Hans Friedrich Grohs

These woodcuts of a rich Expressionist quality confront the visitor with the reality of death and the deeper meaning of life. A well-known artistic motif, the "Small Dance of Death" depicts the many faces of death and how humans react to its challenge.

11 original woodcut prints, framed (18.25"x15.25")


Narrative Enchantment

Ruth Sanderson

Ruth Sanderson is a well-known artist specializing in book illustrations for children. The present exhibit features the many ways in which the Nativity, and its various aspects, can be artistically visualized. Destined to form children’s religious imagination, these colorful and joyful illustrations are inspired by Renaissance paintings and illustrated manuscripts.

20 oil paintings, framed (2 sizes, 11"x16" & 18"x26")


The Mysteries of the Rosary

Margaret Werlinger

This is an illustration of all the mysteries of the rosary (joyful, sorrowful, luminous, and glorious). The artist using watercolors gives this foundation of the Christian faith from Incarnation to Assumption and Coronation of Our Lady both a colorful and prayerful expression.

21 watercolor paintings, framed (16"x20")


Biblical Portraits

Ned Ostendorf

A gallery of portraits, the 27 paintings feature representations of Jesus Christ, Our Lady, apostles and holy men and women of the Bible and beyond.

27 acrylic paintings, framed (2 sizes, 14”x14” & 16”x20”)

ML.4509.02A-04A, 07A, 08A, 12A, 29A, 42A, 52A, 54A, 57A, 60A, 61A, 65A, 68A-70A, 75A/B, 79A- 81A, 84A, 85A, 92A, 93A, 97A, 98A

Creative Images

Ned Ostendorf

The twelve paintings relate to episodes of salvation history from the Old and New Testaments. Most of them are from the life of Jesus. Each painting contains a hidden image highlighting the deeper meaning of the scene pictured.

12 acrylic paintings, framed (21"x29")

ML.4509.18A-20A, 22A-25A, 35A-39A

The Bible with Line and Ink: The Faces

Ned Ostendorf

The exhibit presents faces of Christ, His miracles and dialogues with people, but also events, gestures and contrasts, featuring other situations and figures of the blblical story.

6 ink on paper drawings, (4 sizes, "18x36", 21"x31.5", 24"x18" & 33"x27")

ML.4509.27, 52, 53, 66, 96, 97

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Marian Library Art and Exhibits

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Dayton, Ohio 45469