Join the Castellani Art Museum for the opening reception for two Niagara University-curated winter exhibitions! The opening reception for “Ecce Sublimia: The Art of Christianity” and “Connected Isolation” is Thursday, Dec. 8, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
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.
Professor: Ellen M. Owens