Monday April 23, 2012

Hidden Images

The Marian Library Gallery features paintings by alumni Ned Ostendorf with hidden images of Biblical symbols.

The next exhibit of the University of Dayton's Marian Library Gallery will feature a series of paintings containing hidden images and symbols of Biblical events. 

"Creative Images: The Story of the Savior in the Hidden Images of Biblical Events" will run Monday, May 7, through Sunday, June 23, on the seventh floor of Roesch Library. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday by appointment by calling 937-229-4214

The works of artist, Catholic deacon and University of Dayton alumnus Ned Ostendorf, who died in 2009, depict Biblical scenes from the Old and the New Testaments. Each include a related image hidden somewhere in the work. 

They are accompanied by meditations written by Ostendorf on the primary image and clues to the hidden ones. For example, in a work of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist, the hidden image is a dove representing the Holy Spirit. 

Born in Dayton in 1934, Ostendorf graduated in 1955 from the University of Dayton with a bachelor's degree in arts and where he met and married Catherine DeVol. His professional career as an artist for religious and educational publications spanned 55 years. 

Ostendorf pursued a religious calling in later years, serving as a Roman Catholic deacon at parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, as well as chaplain at Warren County Correctional Institute in Lebanon, Ohio. 

University of Dayton's Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute is a globally recognized center for the study of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and holds the world's largest collection of printed materials and artifacts devoted to her. The collection includes more than 100,000 books and pamphlets in more than 50 languages, and a vast collection of nearly 3,000 Nativity sets and Marian art from around the world. 

For directions and more information on the Marian Library, visit or call 937-229-4214.

For information, Sister M. Jean Frisk, I.S.S.M., assistant for art and special projects for the Marian Library at