As students return to St. Edward’s University to begin their spring semester, the winds of change are blowing in the air as many are greeted with new challenges and delightful surprises. Apart from the fact that the Ragsdale Center is now open for meals, the library at Munday has also decided to make some changes. With the help of Hollis Hammonds, head of the visual studies department and professor, the library has set up a public art exhibit which currently features works of art created and collected over the years by the Brothers of the Holy Cross.
“The exhibit is the legacy of the Brothers of Holy Cross and reminds people that they are still part of our community. What was the plan we had for this project,” Hammonds said. “It’s also nice to have it in such a common place as the library because it allows more faculty and students to be exposed to art since the main art gallery is hidden away. in the Beaux-Arts building.
Students can walk in and between the exhibition by entering the library. The walls are high, white and decorated with tapestries, sculptures, photographs and paintings.
Most of the pieces cover historical events at St. Edward’s, such as the main building fire of 1903, missionary excursions, portraits, and landscapes surrounding the university. Hand-sewn emblems, tapestries, stained-glass windows of religious figures and moments from the life of the Brothers of the Holy Cross, whose creative works now fill the library with mood and vibrant color.
It has come to the attention of the Visual Studies Department that some students may not be aware of or may not be able to access the Fine Arts Pavilion, where most of the school’s art exhibits are displayed.
The importance of the exhibition is to highlight the line of brothers who established St. Edward’s in 1925 and started a new chapter of an inclusive space where all are invited to view and connect with art.
“The exhibit is definitely being interacted with, and I think the [Munday] The library is a good place for this because no matter your specialization; you are always exposed to the work, making it accessible to all,” said Milo Dufresne-MacDonald, student ambassador for the library. “It makes invisible people visible; the Brethren of the Holy Cross founded St. Edward’s, and people should know where their institution came from and the mission statement on which it was built.
Students may soon see an influx of art into the exhibition space. Art submissions may also be open to the entire student body and not just Fine Art and Visual Studies majors.
With the hope that more expressive outlets will appear on campus, students can now use the library for more than last-minute study for tests and projects and instead have a space to gather and share. creative ideas for future semesters.