by Holly Schapker

A Tradition of Studying and Celebrating Marian Art

The purpose of our Marian art exhibits is to document contemporary trends in Marian art. Which styles are being imitated? What mediums are being used? Are there new iconographical themes and features expressing contemporary developments in theology and culture? Where does Marian art go? These questions foster the joy of discovering Mary's person and beauty.

Since 1988, the Marian Library has welcomed over 125 artists or groups of artists into our gallery. The art has spanned a variety of mediums and techniques from exhibit to exhibit, but with one common thread – Mary, the Mother of Christ. This list begins with our earliest exhibit. If available, archived web pages can be accessed by clicking on the exhibit title.

1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018


Contemporary Marian Art by Tatiana McKinney

Contemporary Marian Art by Bro. Cletus Behlmann, S.M.


Contemporary Marian Art by Beverly Stoller

Japanese Madonnas by the Carmelite Nuns of Japan

Paper Madonnas by Dan Paulos

Marian Art Exhibition by Marianists

Contemporary Marian Sculpture by Sister Evangeline Doyle, O.P.

Works on Paper: A Retrospective 1966-1990 by James Rosen


Contemporary Art Exhibition by Henry Setter

An Exhibition of Religious Art by Dorothea and James Kennedy

Religious Art Exhibition by Melody Poltroneri

Etchings on Biblical Themes by Joan Bohlig

Faces of Our Lady by Catholic Artists of the 1990s


Marian Altarpieces by Malaika Favorite, Kathleen Girdler-Engler and Janice E. Williams

Earth Mother and Circles of Life by Dede McKay

Marian Icons by Isabel Creixell

Marian Sculpture by Rose Van Vranken


Expressions of Peace by William F. Brown and Ralph St. Louis

Marian Art Exhibition of Fabric Relief Sculpture by Margaret Hays

Parables of Life by John August Swanson

An Exhibition of Contemporary Religious Art by Robert Lentz

Images of Creation Rendered in Copper Enamels and Stoneware by Joan and Louis Weber

Contemporary Marian Art by Diane Thomas Lincoln


An Exhibition of Marian Art by Joachim Wagner

Mary and the Angels by Cynthia Smith Stibolt

Madonna by G.E. Mullan

Spirituality ... A Different View by Fr. John B. Giuliani and Northwest Coast Native Artists


Straw Madonnas by Reverend Marian Paskowicz

An Exhibition of Contemporary Religious Art by Keith Mueller

Blessed Art Thou by by Michael O'Neill McGrath

Hail Mary—The Tree of Life by Michael O'Neill McGrath

Ceramic Madonnas by Saint Andrew's Abbey

New Testament Images by Kirsten Malcolm Berry


Etchings by Patrick Pye

Our Lady of Welcome by Jeffrey and Anna Koh Varilla

Mary, Shadow of the Savior by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy and Dan Paulos

Images of Faith by Sharon Gill (Iconographer), and Monica Sosaya Halford (Santera)


Dolomite Marian Images: An exhibition of Marian Statues and Bas Reliefs by the Monastic Sisters of Bethlehem

Ecce Mater Tua (Behold Thy Mother)

An Exhibition of Contemporary Icons Re-imaging Mary by Rosemary Luckett

Marian Art Exhibition of Fabric Relief Sculpture by Margaret Hays

Sacred Inspiration Icons by Alek Rapoport

Sing of Mary: An Exhibition of Woodcuts and Woodcarvings by Robert McGovern


Woodcarved Icons by John Solowianiuk

Apocalypse Revisited by Devi Anne Moore

Icons of Mary by Christine Granger

Visual Prayers by Sister Mary Grace Thul, O.P.

Images of Mary Contemporary Variations by Various Artists


Mary the Colorful One by Brother Cletus Behlmann, S.M.

Land of the Blue Virgins by Mark Charleville

Engravings of Old Masters Treasures of The Marian Library

Bouquet for Mary Flowers Named in Honor of the Virgin by A. Joseph Barrish, S.M.


Art for the Heart Devotional Images of Mary from the Treasures of the Marian Library

Names of Mary Stained Glass Designs by Sarah Hall

Mary, A Different Look Mixed Media by Tom Dusterberg

Archetypes of Faith Monotypes and Works on Paper by Constance Pierce

Mother of Peace Prince of Peace Child of Peace by Peggy Stanton

A Devotee's Mary by Mary Fought

In Search of Mary by Georgia Armstrong Askew


From Russia with Love by Tatiana Romanova Grant

A Journey with Mary by Michael Montag

When Devotion Meets Art: Statues of Our Lady


The Virgen de Guadalupe in Chicana Art by Yolanda M. Lopez

Sisters and Their Habits by Pauline Money

Mary, A Feminine Touch by Beverly Stoller

Creating Marian Art: A Mixed Media Approach by Kelly B. Johnson and Shirley M. Harryman

Religious Folk Art From the Southwest: Faces of Mary and the Saints (Images) by Lydia Garcia
Also: Descriptive Text

The Madonnas of Europe by Janusz Rosikon, Photographer

God Bless America by John Solowianiuk


Iron Ladies: Mary and the Art of Metal by Brother Mel Meyer, S.M.

Native American Madonnas by Dr. John Giuliani

Rosaries of the World, Donors: Mr. Mike Berhorst and Father Robert Hughes

Exhibit of Marian Art from Vatican Museums

The Little Saints Crèches Exhibit


Golden Madonnas by Marian Paskowicz

Heaven on Earth by Brother Jerome Pryor, S.J.

Messengers from God by Aka Pereyma

Acts of Kindness by John Bach

Paper Crèches: The Baker Collection

Symbols of Grace by Johann Leenheer

Sacred Dolls by Dianne Marlene Hargitai


The Artist and The Bible by Edward and Diane Knippers

Polish Madonnas by Wislawa Kwiatkowska

Song of Songs by Henry Setter

Lost in the Beauty of Her Lord by Sister Marie Pierre Semler


Dark and Beautiful by Father Jim Hasse, S.J.

Love and Passion Man of Sorrows - Mother of Compassion by Ioana Datcu

The Passion in Wood and Straw by George A. Mikalauskas

Madonnas of the Morning Calm: Sacred Images from Korea by O-Sek Bang

The Nativity Through Children's Eyes by Various Child Artists

Quilts from St. Simon's Quilting Group in Cincinnati


Litany of Loreto

Holy Intimacy by Christine Granger

Highly Favored Contemporary Images of the Virgin Mary by Twenty-nine Artists of the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Traditions

With the Eyes of the Heart by Sidney Matias

Christmas Variations

Exploration and Wonder by Malaika Favorite


When Words Become Pictures by Ann Bain

Past into Present: Images of Mary's Life

Seasons of Our Lady by Linda Schäpper

Mysteries of the Rosary by Linda Schäpper

The Art of Illustration by Anne Simoneau

Glory Offerings—An Artist's Prayer by Margaret Werlinger


The Fairest of All by Jan Oliver

A Patrick Pye Retrospective

Icons of the Electronic Age by Katherine Ann Osenga

When Purple Meets All Other Colors by Darel L. Sparling


And Mary Alit in Postmodernity by Melanie Weaver

Form Seeking Expression by Christina Saj

Mother and Madonna: Photography of Madonna and Child by Nancy Campbell

Seething and Soothing: The Madonna Between Hope and Havoc by MB Hopkins

Narrative Enchantment: Nativity Stories in Gold and Blue by Ruth Sanderson


Song of Songs: In Memory of Henry Setter (8/13/1929–1/21/2009)

When the Saints..... Works on Copper by Rosemary Scott-Fishburn

Wonder Works on Paper by Donna Pierce-Clark

With Needle and Thread by Nancy Goes

A Tribute to Alturo Olivas

A Southern Charm: Santos, Bultos, and Nichos


Between Heaven and Earth by Barbara Trauth

Creative Images: The Story of Savior In The Hidden Images of Biblical Events, a Tribute to Ned Ostendorf

Seeing the Savior: Images from the Life of Christ, a CIVA Traveling Exhibition

Moved by the Spirit: Artist Interpretations on the Life of Jesus, Louise Tessier, Curator

Faces and Flowers of Mary by Marilyn Hart


Le Point Vierge: Mary and the Catholic Imagination by Wendy Wright and Dorothy Tuma

Where Art Meets Religion: A Ned Ostendorf Retrospective

Beauty Given By Grace by Sadao Watanabe


The Rosary Illustrated by Margaret Werlinger

Koepnick's Marian Heritage

Psalms in Abstract by Ann Williams

Mothers of the Bible by Ginny Baughman


Past into Present: Gilded Treasures by Sandra Bowden

Inspired by Realism: Reconquering the Figurative Image of Mary by Holly Schapker

Revelation Cast in Bronze: The George Contis Icon Collection


Epinal: Popular Art for Mind and Heart from the Marian Library collections

Rediscovering Mary by Jan Oliver from the Marian Library collections

The Life of Mary in Image and Word from the Marian Library collections

Hans Friedrich Grohs: Artist and Mystic from the Marian Library collections



Litany of Loreto in Images

Mary's Flowers in Contemporary Art by Holly Schapker

'Ex Oriente Lux': Marian Art of Asia

Symbols of Grace



An Artist's Meditation on the Song of Songs (Henry Setter)

Luke's Portrait of the Madonna

Image shown: Our Lady by Holly Schapker