The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Centenary Exhibits

Maryville University - St. Louis, MO
January 12 - February 21, 2015

Morton J. May Foundation Gallery,  Maryville University, St. Louis. "A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton." For further information: 

Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, Providence College, Providence RI

January 30th 2015 - March 6, 2015

A Monk Amid Many Books: The Spiritual and Literary Heritage of Thomas Merton an exhibit arranged by John E. Allard OP., will run from Friday, January 30th to Friday, March 6th at the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Click here for further information.

Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY

January 31st 2015 - February 2, 2016

The Thomas Merton Center has a special exhibit of photographs, artifacts, and rarely exhibited manuscripts relating to Merton's birth in Prades in 1915 and to the publication of The Seven Storey Mountain with it's famous opening words: "On the last day of January 1915..." Click here for further information about visiting the Merton Center.

Seasons of Celebration: Thomas Merton at 100
Columbia University - New York City
February 2 - May 29, 2015

Kempner Exhibition Gallery, Rare Book and Manuscript Library - Butler Library, 6th Floor East - Columbia University

For the centennial of his birth, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library is delighted to present an exhibit on the life and legacy of Thomas Merton, drawn from RBML’s very extensive Thomas Merton holdings, from the papers of his teacher and friend, Mark Van Doren, and from those of his friend and official biographer, John Howard Griffin.

On display will be a selection of original letters and manuscripts, drawings, calligraphy and photographs, and inscribed editions of his works, including some of the notebooks that Merton used in teaching the Scholastics in the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani. Also on display will be a copy of Merton’s Columbia Master’s Thesis, “Nature and Art in William Blake,” the typescript of his poem “On the Anniversary of My Baptism,” sent by Merton to Mark Van Doren, and the telegram that Van Doren received sending news of Merton’s death in Bangkok, Thailand.

The exhibition will also include the manuscript of The Seven Storey Mountain, given by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr and acquired by Columbia in 1988, and that of John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me, given to Columbia by Robert Giroux (Columbia 1936), editor of both works. Among Merton’s calligraphic works on display will be his drawing of the Angel of Annunciation (1941). Composed of the “Hail Mary,” the angel’s right foot contains the words “Pray for T.M.”

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer B. Lee, Curator, Performing Arts Collections,
RBML, Butler Library, 6th Floor East, 535 West 114th St. New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-4048

Journeys of Thomas Merton
Emory University - Atlanta
March 9 - May 15, 2015


Exhibit Gallery, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University - Journeys of Thomas Merton - an exhibit honoring Thomas Merton's centenary  The exhibit will be open from March 9 until May 15, 2015.  The exhibit will feature a generous sampling of Merton’s literary and artistic work: examples of his writings from his time at Oakham School, Clare College, Cambridge, and Columbia University, many first editions of his published volumes, photographs taken by and of him and his family, and an overview of the many aspects of modern life on which he made his mark. 

Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30322

Phone: 404-727-1220 for further information. Curated by Dr. Denise Hanusek.

"Heaven in Ordinary" - Contemplating Merton's Photographs Through Painting
An Exhibit of Paintings by Charles MacCarthy
Bellarmine University - Kentucky
May 11- June 11, 2015

Charles MacCarthy trained at Camberwell School of Art and exhibits regularly in London, Shropshire and Herefordshire where he lives. Charles has drawn inspiration from painters of still life, such as Chardin and Morandi as well as from an intimist tradition including artists such as Bonnard and Gwen John. His artistic practice is one of observing and responding to everyday surroundings. Is it possible to combine these two things? “I have been trying and in this the photographs of Thomas Merton have been a wonderful example. The quality of stillness and attention that is to be found in them comes surely from his finding these things in himself.”

For more information, please contact:
Paul M. Pearson,
Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville KY 40205

Villanova University - Villanova, PA
August 20 - September 24, 2015

Villanova University Art Gallery, Connelly Center, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova. "A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton."
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