The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Loan of Artifacts from the Thomas Merton Center

Use of Photographs by Thomas Merton, Artwork or other Artifacts for Exhibitions outside the Thomas Merton Center

Loans of archival materials for exhibition purposes are always extraordinary and subject to the decision of the Merton Legacy Trust on a case-by-case basis. However, an exhibit of photographs by Thomas Merton - A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography - has been made available. (See below.)

Only with written permission from the Merton Legacy Trust will Merton's photography, art or other archival artifacts be temporarily loaned to an institution for exhibition purposes. Proof of Insurance on the individual items to be exhibited, and a full facilities report, must be forwarded to the Curator before any shipment of Merton's work to the borrowing institution. A formal agreement between the borrowing institution, the Merton Legacy Trust and Bellarmine University's Thomas Merton Center must be executed prior to shipment of materials. All costs for duplication, shipping and preparation by the Merton Center personnel, along with the designated loan fee, will be paid by the borrowing institution which will place a deposit equal to the estimated costs for such services with the Merton Center prior to shipment.

A Hidden Wholeness:
The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton

"Merton's goal for the photographs was one of spiritual and intellectual transcendence, but they function on an aesthetic level so pure as to be visually transcendent as well. That's almost too much to expect from photographs and an achievement not often seen these days."

Evan Gillespie, Tribune Correspondent

An exhibit of thirty-five photographs by Thomas Merton from the archives of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky has been made available for loan by galleries and other organizations.

A preview of the thirty-five pieces in the exhibit is available on the web at:

Reviews of the exhibit are also available, and a list of previous exhibition dates and venues.

If you are interested in the possibility of borrowing this exhibit please contact Paul M. Pearson at the Thomas Merton Center.


"Merton photography 'almost dizzying' on aesthetic and intellectual levels."

Steve Euvino, South Bend Tribune