Chapel Art Center Celebrating Fifty Years

To mark its milestone 50th anniversary this fall, The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center presented The Sacred and The Ordinary: Examining Works from the MacDonald Collection. Created with a generous gift from Hugh MacIsaac, the McDonald Collection honors the shared devotion of Mr. MacIsaac’s mother and siblings to their Catholic faith, as well as the value of home and family.

Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art CenterIn that spirit, Director Fr. Iain MacLellan, O.S.B. ’78, explains that the Collection is “dedicated to artworks depicting biblical scenes and mysteries of the Catholic faith, as well as works representing scenes of interior or domestic life.”

The 50th celebration exhibition brings together Renaissance and Baroque prints and drawings of religious objects. Artists represented include Durer, Rembrandt, Barbieri, Potter, and Vuillard. Curator Margaret Dimock notes “These works encourage very close inspection; they are very, very fine examples put together with a focus on teaching.”

Founded in 1967 in the former college chapel, for 50 years the Chapel Art Center has provided a gracious setting for special exhibitions and houses a permanent collection of artworks. “The Chapel Art Center and its growing overall collection create a pride point for the college,” says Father Iain.