Opening Reception: Ecce Sublimia and Connected Isolation Exhibitions

  • Thu, Dec 8, 2022 4:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

    7 Varsity Drive
    Niagara University, New York 14109
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Join the CAM on Thursday, December 8, 4:30–7:00 p.m. for the opening reception of two Niagara University-curated winter exhibitions: Ecce Sublimia: The Art of Christianity and Connected Isolation.  Complimentary refreshments will be served.  

Event schedule:
Ongoing | Niagara University student curators share information and answer questions in the exhibition.

4:30-5:30 p.m. | CAM Members and Niagara University Preview Hour
5:00 -5:30 p.m. | Members/NU Tour with Dr. Amelia Gallagher, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
5:30 p.m. | Remarks
6:00 p.m. | Public Tour with Dr. Amelia Gallagher
7:00 p.m. | Reception Ends

About the Exhibitions
Ecce Sublimia: The Art of Christianity is an exploration of how art is used to teach religious studies at Niagara University. Featuring classical and contemporary pieces, this exhibition explores the major concepts of Western Christianity, along with Niagara University student research. Ecce Sublimia is Latin for “Behold the Sublime.” Divided into four thematic sections, Ecce Sublima delves into depictions of sainthood: modern icons, the sacred feminine especially the Madonna and Child, religious vestments, and the immersive art environment of local artist Isaiah Robinson.

From holy apparel to sculptures, stained glass to modern works on paper, this exhibition takes you on a tour of the sacred works of Niagara University and worship sites around Western New York.

Connected Isolation is a student-curated exhibition is a commentary of the human experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, organized by Introduction to Museum Studies students (AHM 252). During the height of the pandemic, we were physically isolated from many people that we care about. We had to learn to entertain ourselves, work from home, and adapt to the changing environment. This exhibition focuses on both the darkness one can experience when isolated from others, and the light we experience when spending time with the ones we love. The art will reflect feelings of isolation, fear, hope, and missed opportunities.

This exhibition was curated by Niagara University course AHM 252A: Introduction to Museum Studies, a hands-on course that builds understanding for museums' history, societal roles, and key functions.

Student Curators:
Alexander Martel
Amaya Mack
Anessa Hanson
Ashton Drakulich
Becca Mansfield
Bennett Hunt
Danielle Wayda
Jaycee Pauline
Michael Chodkowski
Poppy Raker
Rachel Sheehan
Raven Grant
Sebastian Newell

Professor: Ellen M. Owens

Date & Time

Thu, Dec 8, 2022 4:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Venue Details

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

7 Varsity Drive
Niagara University, New York 14109 Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

The Castellani Art Museum (CAM) at the center of the Niagara University campus is dedicated to the enjoyment and educational potential of artistic creativity. As a major resource for the visual arts in Niagara County, the CAM's permanent collection includes over 5,000 pieces of mainly modern and contemporary art, and hosts a unique Folk Arts Program supporting traditional artists and community-based cultural traditions in the Buffalo-Niagara region. 

In keeping with Niagara University's Vincentian mission, the museum recognizes and serves the diverse racial, ethnic, and religious communities of the Niagara region through the organization and presentation of exhibitions which honor and explore their artistic traditions and contemporary output. In addition to presenting diverse artistic expressions, the museum works in partnerships to explore and redefine the relationship between the museum and its constituencies.

As a university museum, the Castellani Art Museum serves the educational needs of the community,  by working with Niagara University faculty on integrative learning projects for college students and providing art education programs for area schools and cultural organizations. The museum staff works with educators to develop art-based learning programs that help to promote critical thinking.

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