Work by Franciscan Friar, Fr. John Quigley, OFM
September 2 – October 7, 2022
Virtual Artist Talk, Thursday, October 6, 7–8 p.m. POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Clare Gallery opens its fall schedule with the exhibition, Saints Alive, work by Franciscan Friar, Fr. John Quigley, OFM. In the work, an artistic lens is placed on the stories of saints and the medium of printmaking—specifically woodcuts. Most of the artwork, in this exhibition, was created for Saint Of the Day, by Fr. Leonard Foley, OFM, commissioned by St. Anthony Messenger Press. Fr. John wants the saints to be depicted in contemporary light, hoping his audience makes connections with the saints and their stories.
Woodblock printing can be technically challenging. Artists must understand how to define their subject matter with essential shapes, texture and high contrast. Additionally, the work must be produced in reverse to print successfully. Fr. John’s images are powerful impressions, bold and strong in their visual presence. This commitment to woodblock printing only strengthens the dynamism of his concepts.
As a member of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor (OFM), Fr. John became an ordained priest in 1972 and has nearly 50 years of experience working in social justice, as well as leading spiritual retreats. He started in New Jerusalem (Cincinnati) in 1974. In 1980, he was Coordinator for the Cincinnati Franciscan Order for Justice, Peace, Care of Creation for North American. During this time, he published Mustard Seed, an international Franciscan social justice monthly periodical. In 1988, he moved to Rome, Italy, bringing his peacemaking talents to the international Franciscan Friars community, where he was deeply involved in justice and peacemaking. In 1999, Fr. John moved to Geneva, Switzerland, to become the Director of Human Rights Work for Franciscans International at the United Nations. Currently, Fr. John conducts retreats, parish missions and pilgrimages to Rome and Assisi, Italy.
Fr. John’s background in the arts encompasses graphic arts and design. He studied printmaking, sculpture and painting. He has designed various chapels, and offices, and has illustrated numerous books and periodicals. On his retreats, Fr. John combines art and spirituality, leading his participants in expressive art processes to explore self-expression, healing and growth. Since 2010, he has exhibited his work at his Cincinnati, Ohio, studio and at a collection of Artists for Social Justice in Cincinnati.
Fr. John has traveled to many places in the world. In his work, he wishes to share other people’s stories of struggle: “What I really love to do is bring people into a deeper level in their own world, and help them to connect, because there are a lot of people who have a wonderful sensitivity to social justice, but they just don’t know where to go. I love to bring that together.” More information can be found at his website: fatherjohnquigley.com