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An Artist's Meditation on the Song of Songs

By Fr. Johann Roten, S.M.

While recuperating from surgery in 1973, Henry Setter illustrated the Song of Songs in a total of 78 ink drawings, combining image and biblical text. If the calligraphed scripture text follows the rich and measured line of Gothic classics, the illustrations in turn reveal some of the spontaneous freedom and loving irreverence of the 1970s. Setter’s drawings are joyfully down-to-earth. They are a tribute to love and love’s power, an artistic rendering of what moves and matures the world – a conviction dear to Teilhard de Chardin, the guru of Setter’s younger years.

A native of Cincinnati, Setter received his education at Purcell High School and the University of Dayton. He obtained a MA in fine arts from the University of Georgia. He was a teacher of drawing, sculpture and art history at the University of West Georgia from 1977–2000.

Setter had executed numerous art commissions in the United States and in Europe. His watercolors, mosaics and sculptures are found in public collections and private homes. His wood block prints and sculptures have received awards in juried exhibitions. One of his wooden sculptures, entitled “Seat of Wisdom,” is part of this exhibit.

How to go

An Artist's Meditation on the Song of Songs
Feb. 2 – March 9, 2018
Marian Library Gallery, 7th floor of Roesch Library
Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Open 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. on Wednesdays Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7

For special arrangements, please call 937-229-4214.

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