Knowledge, Love and Service: The Munday Library presents the Brothers of Holy Cross art exhibition

When students return to St Edward’s University to begin their spring semester, the winds of change are in the air as many are greeted with new challenges and delightful surprises. Aside from the Ragsdale Center now being open for dining, the Munday Library has also decided to make some changes. With the help of Hollis Hammonds, Chair of the Department of Visual Studies and Professor, the library has established a public art exhibition which currently features artwork created and collected by Brothers of the Holy Cross over the years.

“The exhibition is the legacy of the Holy Cross brothers and reminds people that they are still part of our community. That was the plan we had for this project,” Hammonds said. “It’s also nice to have it in a place as ordinary as the library because it allows more faculty and students to engage with art since the main art gallery is tucked away in the Fine Arts building.”

Students can walk around and between the exhibitions upon entering the library. The walls are high, white and decorated with tapestries, sculptures, photographs and paintings.

Most of the plays deal with the historical events of St Edward’s, such as the 1903 fire in the main building, missionary trips, portraits and landscapes around the university. Hand-sewn coats of arms, tapestries, religious stained glass and moments from the lives of the Brothers of the Holy Cross, whose creative works now fill the library with ambiance and vibrant colour.

It has been brought to the attention of the Visual Studies Department that some students may be unaware of, or unable to access, the Fine Arts Building, which houses most of the school’s art exhibitions.

The show’s importance is to highlight the lineage of the brothers, who founded St Edward’s in 1925 and opened a new chapter of an inclusive space where all are welcome to view and connect with art.

“There’s definitely interaction with the exhibition, and I think that [Munday] The library is a good place for this because it doesn’t matter what degree you have; They are still facing the work and making it accessible to all,” said Milo Dufresne-MacDonald, a student ambassador for the library. “It makes the invisible people visible; The Brethren of the Holy Cross founded St Edward’s and people should know where their institution came from and on what mission it is built.”

The students could soon see an influx of art into the exhibition space. There is also an opportunity for artistic submissions to be open to the entire student body and not just Fine Art and Visual Arts majors.

Hoping for more expressive opportunities to emerge on campus, students can now use the library for more than just last-minute study for tests and projects, and instead have a space to collect and share creative ideas for upcoming semesters.

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