Mount St. Joseph University

Mount’s Flats Gallery exhibition highlighting sacred Catholic art

Arts & Humanities, Mission Integration

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Statue of Mary.

The Flats Gallery: a College of Mount St. Joseph Urban Arts Partnership, begins the new year hosting the exhibition Messages of Glory, January 8 through February 24, 2013. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has partnered with David-Flischel Enterprises to provide an exhibition of sacred art from the new coffee table book Messages of Glory: The Narrative Art of Roman Catholicism (2012). Photographs displayed feature sculpture, stained glass, murals and mosaics from local churches. This exhibition will also highlight photographs taken in the Mater Dei Chapel, which is located on campus at the Mount. 

“Those Catholics who have come before us here in the Ohio Valley have left to us in Greater Cincinnati an inestimable treasure of sacred art for which, as St. Thomas Aquinas would say, we cannot ever be adequately grateful.  These exquisitely beautiful images in glass, paint, mosaic, and stone, images of all the scenes and stories of salvation history, are sometimes well-known to us who live and worship here, but often as not these images are mostly unknown and unsung.  Yet the artists clearly intended that we should be the recipients and beneficiaries of these reflections of God’s loveliness.

Thanks to the keen artistic eye of Robert Flischel, who for twenty years has photographed these sacred works, the images are available at last to be viewed in Messages of Glory: The Narrative Art of Roman Catholicism.”
             – Anne Husted Burleigh, author of Messages book Preface.

A series of Sunday events to coincide with this inspiring exhibition are listed below.  All events are free and open to the general public, although a donation of a non-perishable item for the Holy Family Parish Food Pantry is much appreciated.

Sunday, January 20, 2pm Sacred Music Performance by members of the
    “Hills of Kentucky Dulcimer Club”
Sunday, January 27, 2pm Talk by Featured Photographer – Robert A. Flischel
Sunday, February 3, 3pm Lecture: Symbols and Icons, by Art Historian Ceil Dorger
Sunday, February 10, 3pm Life of Christ, by Art Historian Shawnee Turner
Sunday, February 17, 3pm Life of Mary, by Art Historian Ceil Dorger
Sunday, February 24, 3pm Stations of the Cross, by Art Historian Shawnee Turner

Flats Gallery is in Price Hill located at 3028 Price Avenue. Business hours are Tuesdays from 4-7pm; Fridays 3-6pm; Saturdays 1-5pm.  Special hours exclusive to this exhibition are Sunday 2-5pm.

Flats Gallery is closed on major holidays, and Friday, February 22, for the Mount’s mid-semester holiday.  Admission is free.

Photo credit: Haloed by a Star

Art Deco stone relief
St. William Church
West Price Hill
Haloed by a star, Mary gazes directly
at the viewer, hands clasped in prayer.

The following is part of a press release about the touring exhibition, directly from David-Flischel Enterprises.



Cincinnati-based publishing group is committed to sharing their award-winning book on sacred Catholic imagery during the Year of Faith.

The Year of Faith initiative, from October 2012 through November 2013, is a call to action by Pope Benedict XVI for Catholics around the world to renew and deepen their faith by reading, studying, and contemplative prayer. Catholics have always used visual representations to enrich their understanding of the foundational elements of the faith.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has partnered with David-Flischel Enterprises to provide a exhibition of sacred art from the new coffee table book Messages of Glory: The Narrative Art of Roman Catholicism (2012). The art displayed is beautiful and moving, and is designed help each visitor explore facets of Catholicism. There are examples of the Beatitudes, Life of Mary, Sacraments, the Life of Christ, and many more.

Between October 2012 and November 2013, the Messages of Glory Year of Faith art show will be traveling to different schools and churches within the reach of the Cincinnati Archdiocese.

If you’d like more information about this topic, please contact any of the churches listed above, the Archdiocese, or David-Flischel Enterprises at (513) 272-2700 or email