August 24, 2016
Showcasing some 50 works of art in a variety of media, Teachable Moments: Recent Work by Ursuline Faculty + Staff opens Friday, Sept. 16, with a public reception from 5-8 pm at the College’s Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery. The show will be on view through Oct. 21.
In addition to featuring the works of current and former faculty and current staff members, the exhibition will include rarely exhibited artwork by the late Sister M. Kilian Hufgard, O.S.U.
An author and art historian, Sr. Kilian established the Art Department at Ursuline College in 1947. She taught studio art, art history and aesthetics at the women-focused liberal arts college until 1986. A prolific artist, she created paintings, sculpture, photography, collages, prints, ceramics, enamels, mosaics, stained glass window designs and tapestry designs. Her artwork is on loan from the collections of Ursuline College and the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.
While most of Sr. Kilian’s works are liturgical, “A sense of nature and spirituality pervades them all,” former Plain Dealer art critic Helen Cullinan wrote in 1994, when the college presented a retrospective. Sr. Kilian died in 2003.
Teachable Moments: Recent Work by Ursuline Faculty + Staff is the first in a year-long series of events celebrating Ursuline’s 50th year in Pepper Pike. The college was founded in Cleveland in 1871.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12–5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1:30–4:30pm. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Ursuline College is located at 2550 Lander Road in Pepper Pike, 13 miles east of Cleveland.
Above: detail from "Axis Mundi," by Sister Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U.