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A Gift Of Light | Works by Br. Kenneth Chapman

August 29-October 22, 2023

Special Alumni Weekend Reception:
October 13, 3-5 p.m.

Curated by Beth Giacummo

It is with great excitement and honor we announce a special Fall exhibition entitled A Gift Of Light | Works by Br. Kenneth Chapman, celebrating the art of Iona University's Gallery’s namesake, Br. Kenneth Chapman. This exhibition will include over 35 works that represent a fraction of the art created by Br. Kenneth Chapman. Works will be on view from August 29 - October 22, 2023. A special Alumni weekend reception is planned for October 13, 2023, from 3 to 5 p.m., this event will take place at the Br. Kenneth Chapman Gallery located in the JoAnn Mazzella Murphy '98H Arts Center.

More on this exhibit

A Gift of Light flyer.

Br. Kenneth Chapman was a teacher and artist for seven decades, Br. Chapman’s art chronicles a profound spirituality, rich theology, deep mindfulness of creation, attentiveness to human emotion, and a fascination with the evolving cosmos. In watercolor, oils, acrylics, and enamels on paper, canvas, clay, and metal, he invites the viewer on a journey that evokes new ways of seeing and believing.

The exhibition title is inspired by a recently published catalog which shines a light on the life’s work of Brother Kenneth Chapman. Opening the Gift is a brief introduction to the artist and to his works. It follows the development of his talents from a time of childhood illness, his call to religious brotherhood and teaching, graduate studies, and a series of assignments that bring him to Chicago, a mission to Native American children, to Rome, and eventually to the role of artist in residence at Iona University, New Rochelle, NY.

The gift that has distinguished Brother Chapman’s art has been his contemplative engagement in the materials at hand and their relationship to a growing awareness of the wonders of creation and the inspirations of scripture. Canvas, ink, oils, acrylics, and clay interact with colors and shapes. His hands and eyes explore what emerges as he seeks to give expression to feelings and insights. Each stroke is part of a larger movement. He explains that he paints with his whole body. The gift he has shared in hundreds of paintings offers an exegesis of his journey of faith. Hopefully one day a group of theologians, scripture scholars, artists, astrophysicists, and mystics will take on the challenge and the joys of seeing anew where Brother Chapman’s journey has brought him. May they open the gift to those of us who have been touched by his art and want to know more. Meanwhile, this brief presentation serves as an invitation to begin unwrapping the gift.

Conceptual and biographical insight for this exhibition and all materials were generously provided by the Edmund Rice Christian Brother Art Foundation. Brother Kenneth Chapman’s life work and biography is archived on the CBAFoundation website
©Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Art Foundation, LTD

Past Exhibitions

  • Visual Arts Student Exhibition 2023
  • Saving Beauty: The Contemporary Icons of Threatened And Endangered Species of Angela Manno by Angela Manno
  • My Own Rose-Tinted 3D Glasses by Werner Sun
  • Dublin Bay by Liam Hourican
  • FORMATION: Images of the Body by Tobi Kahn
  • Personae by Carlos David
  • Visual Arts Student Exhibition 2022
  • The Weight of Optimism: Works by Heather Layton
  • Considering the Goddess: A Survey of Sculptural Works by John Cino
  • Cesare Dandini’s Holy Family with the Infant St. John: A Rediscovered Florentine Baroque Masterpiece
  • A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton*
  • Art as a Spiritual Practice
  • A Woman's Work..., Curated by Beth Giacummo
  • Struggle - An Exhibit of Our Times, The Lincoln Park Conservancy, Inc.
  • Female Gender Identity and Equality by the New York Society of Women Artists
  • Unapologetically Me by Alvin Clayton
  • Women in the Abstract: A Solo Exhibition by Award-Winning Artist, Steve Lyons
  • Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition
  • Plastic Paradise by Elena Kalman
  • Female Gender Identity and Equality By New York Society of Women Artists (NYSWA)
  • The Visual Arts Student Exhibition, curated by The Visual Arts Faculty
  • SHE Voices: Expressions of Femininity, featuring Esther Kong Lo, Gloria Crouch-Nixon and Judith Weber.
  • Influenced by Matisse: New Works by Alvin Clayton
  • Shifting Focus: Hidden in Plain Sight, Curated by Rick Palladino
  • More Fun Than Fun, featuring Andrea Beizer, Alysa Bennett, Ruby Silvious, Carol Taylor-Kearney, Peter Treiber, and Ruth Wolf
2023 Student Art Exhibit
My Own Rose-Tinted 3D Glasses by Werner Sun Postcard
A postacrd for the Dublin Bay exhibit.
Formation Exhibit, October 24-December 12
Personae by Carlos David
The Weight of Optimism postcard