Art & Exhibits

Experience Mary Through Art

Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ has been an intriguing subject for artists for centuries. Through our collections of art and nativity sets, gallery exhibits and loan programs, the Marian Library provides several channels that allow you to immerse yourself in the past, present and future of Marian art. 

By showcasing the work of visiting artists, as well as displaying items from our own collections, our exhibits 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? These questions foster the joy of discovering Mary's person and beauty.


The Marian Library and the gallery are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See our online calendar for special openings and closings. 

See information on guided tours.


The gallery is located in the Marian Library on the seventh floor of Roesch Library on the University of Dayton campus. Directions and Parking Information

Current Exhibit
Paintings, sculptures, etchings, calligraphy... Classic, rare, unique, obscure... Expressionist, baroque, modern... The art collection of the Marian Library is a robust collection filled with a variety of works with one common theme—Mary, the Mother of Christ.

The Marian Library cultivates an impressive collection of over 3,500 Nativies from around the world. A selection is featured year-round in our Crèche Museum. Our annual gift to the community, At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions, showcases hundreds of our Nativity sets for the entire Christmas season.


Marian Library

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1390