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The Hoedeman Gallery of Sacred Art

The Hoedeman Gallery of Sacred Art is strategically placed within the Iversen Center for Faith. The Iversen Center is a celebration of the religious diversity of the university community and is meant to foster dialogue and cooperation between faiths. The Hoedeman Gallery participates in that mission by presenting exhibitions of sacred art that reflects this rich diversity. It offers opportunities for reflection, but also learning and engagement with the arts.

Exhibitions are changed twice a year and the Gallery hopes to draw upon the many collections in the Twin Cities and beyond!

Call for Art Exhibitions

We welcome proposals to exhibit sacred art in our gallery. See the bottom of the page for proposal guidelines. Contact Jacob Benda with any questions:

Dr. Jacob Benda
Director of Music, Liturgy and Sacred Arts
(651) 962-6570

Student Views Tell Me A Story By Mary Griep

Tell Me A Story (Mary Griep, 2020)

Internationally known Minnesota artist Mary Griep’s multi-panel work, Tell Me A Story, is a series of prints based on Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, and Mayan sites dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. Located under the western transept of the chapel and visible upon entry from the upper quad, her work reveals the power of architectural traditions in dialogue with one another.
Father Dease Crucifix Collection On Display

Divinity By the Hand of Humanity

This exhibition highlights a selection of objects from the Father Dease Crucifix Collection, part of the University of St. Thomas Art Collection. The crucifixes on display were gifts to Father Dease while he was the university’s fourteenth president (1991-2013).
Icon Of St. Thomas Aquinas

Permanent Installation

Icon of Holy Thomas, Angelic Doctor

In 2012, Campus Ministry commissioned Nicholas Markell ’84 to write an icon of St. Thomas Aquinas, the university’s patron saint, called “Holy Thomas” in the tradition of Eastern iconography.