Iona University’s Br. Kenneth Chapman Selected to Showcase Paintings at National Eucharistic Congress Art Exhibition

EUCHARIST painting by Br. Chapman

"EUCHARIST" (Metallic Acrylics on Canvas)

New Rochelle, N.Y. – Christian Brother Kenneth Chapman, CFC, a former longtime Iona University professor and artist in residence, has been selected to showcase his artwork at the esteemed National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, where tens of thousands of people are expected to visit from July 17-21, 2024.

Br. Chapman’s paintings, chosen from 650 entries, offer profound reflections drawing from his exploration of spirituality and cosmic dimensions. The exhibition, titled “In Memory of Me,” will feature several of his pieces, notably including “Your Heavenly Word Came Down” and “Last Supper,” among others from sacred artists across the nation.

As a former artist in residence at Iona, many of Br. Chapman’s works are on display throughout the New Rochelle campus and are occasionally featured in exhibits at the Br. Kenneth Chapman Gallery of the JoAnn Mazzella Murphy '98H Arts Center on North Avenue.

Inspired by Pope Francis’s recent writings and insights from the Jesuit paleontologist and mystic, Teilhard De Chardin, S.J., Br. Chapman’s artwork embodies a lifetime of contemplative thought and artistic expression.

Learn more about the upcoming exhibit and view his artwork here.

LAST SUPPER painting by Br. Chapman

"LAST SUPPER" (Acrylic on Canvas)

YOUR HEAVENLY WORD CAME DOWN painting by Br. Chapman

"YOUR HEAVENLY WORD CAME DOWN" (Metallic Acrylics on Canvas)

TRINITY painting by Br. Chapman

"TRINITY" (Acrylic on Canvas)

Founded in 1940, Iona University is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of more than 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona students enjoy small class sizes, engaged professors and a wide array of academic programs across the School of Arts & Science; LaPenta School of Business; NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences; and Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Iona is widely recognized in prestigious rankings, including The Princeton Review’s 2024 national list of “The Best 389 Colleges” and The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse’s “2024 Best Colleges in America,” which ranked Iona at #66 in the nation overall and #8 in the nation among Catholic schools. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is also accredited by AACSB International, a recognition awarded to just six percent of business schools worldwide. In addition, The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2023.” Iona also offers a fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, which is now principally located on Iona’s Bronxville campus in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian. Connecting to its Irish heritage, the University also recently announced it is expanding abroad with a new campus in County Mayo, Ireland. A school on the rise, Iona officially changed its status from College to University on July 1, 2022, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.