combined art of Andre Bergeron and Ann Bain

Luke's Portrait of the Madonna

Interpreting Luke in Painting and Calligraphy

March 19 – April 20, 2018

This exhibit combines image and word. Image and word are what characterize Luke's Gospel. A literary and inspired text, Luke's version of the Good News is visual and presents a personalist characteristic. We discover in this Gospel a great number of portraits of poor and rich, of holy and not-so-holy people. Each one of these portraits comes with a message—a message of hope and new life, a message of faith and love. One of the most prominent portraits found in Luke is that of Mary.

The paintings of Mary by André Bergeron highlight the very core of Luke's Gospel: the Holy Family. We can read the Holy Family in two ways and at two levels. The Holy Family is love eternal incarnate in Jesus Christa symbol of trinitarian love, of the Trinity made human. The other level of reading is the down-to-earth perception of three ordinary and humble people. God speaks the language of real people; he takes on the form of real people. He is one with them.

The calligraphy by Ann Bain portrays Mary's message to the world. Calligraphy is the art of the essential. It is minimal art, an aesthetic form of asceticism. Calligraphy is a reminder that the word needs to be protected and cared for. Bain's calligraphed texts describe a figure (Mater Christi); they have a body that conveys a visual message (pyramid, column); most important, they are at the service of the word. Calligraphy creates space and environment for the word. The word needs body, soul and living space. Bain's calligraphy lends beauty to Mary's word, develops a tactile intimacy with the word and leads the hearer and seer to inhabiting the word.


Luke's Portrait of the Madonna: Interpreting Luke in Painting and Calligraphy
March 19–April 20, 2018
Marian Library Gallery, 7th floor of Roesch Library
Open Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Closed weekends, plus March 30 and April 2.

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

Complimentary visitor parking passes can be obtained at the visitor parking information center