Blackfriars Gallery and Library
Following the call of Via Pulchritudinis, DSPT is committed to fostering mutually enriching conversations that use art as a common ground between faith and reason, Church and society, or history and contemporary culture.
While engaging a variety of artists and themes, Blackfriars Gallery focuses on works that explore the relationship between religion and the arts, or between sacred arts and culture. With a particular emphasis on Catholic art and culture, exhibitions provide students at DSPT and GTU with the opportunity to engage art with their research topics, thesis and dissertation work. Lectures and exhibition catalogs provide the public with historical features of the art and their relevance to concerns of contemporary society.
Current Gallery Exhibition
Every Image a Prayer - photographic revelations by Alessandro Baccari - Exhibit opening February 23, 2020.
Art Library and Art Collection
Blackfriars Gallery supports a specialized library in religion and the arts. The library was developed over nearly four decades, first by Blase Schauer, OP and later by Michael Morris, OP. After the death of Fr. Morris in 2016, DSPT brought the collection (more than 5,000 volumes) to our campus in order to render it more accessible to students and faculty.
BROWSE THE BOOK CATALOG online or peruse the books in the library during scheduled hours. Book sections include aesthetics, Catholic culture and worship, Christian iconography, Dominicans and fine arts, film, and contemporary cinema, myth, and ritual. There are also specialized collections in the RARE BOOKS section, which include works by the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic and the St. Dominic's Press of Ditchling (Sussex, England); and the archives of Fr. Blase and the Liturgy in Santa Fe, which focuses on the history and culture of New Mexico and those artists who worked with Fr. Blase.
BROWSE THE ART CATALOG. Using an external site hosted by Art Archive, Blackfriars Gallery has begun to digitize and catalog its art collection. Currently only a small percentage of the collection is in the catalog so be sure to check back regularly.
Located in the main gathering area of the west building, Blackfriars Gallery is open to the public during regular school hours. Since opening in 2005, it has displayed many fascinating exhibits as evident in the list below.
Putting on Christ - Ineffable Splendor and Liturgical Vestments
Love’s Evangelist Ecce Homo
800th Jubilee Art Exhibit - Via Pulchritudinis
Moving Pictures: The Bible and Beyond
Early Christianity in the Cinema
Monks and Friars and Food
Open Space Inside-Out
Evidence for Peace (Lam Khong, artists and DSPT alumnus)
Visual Meditations from Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Gesthemani (J. DiStefano, artists)