The Saint John's Bible June 2009, Vol. 1, Issue 4Forward to a Friend
An exhibition of original pages from Gospels & Acts is now on display at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) here at Saint John's. This exhibition marks the first time in five years that these pages are back on campus and available for viewing. As The Saint John's Bible nears completion, plans are in development for the last opportunities to see original pages before they are bound. This month, we give you a sneak peek at some of those opportunities, as well as where to find fine art print exhibitions and other occasions to experience The Saint John's Bible.

Print Exhibitions
by Tim Ternes

“These illuminations bring a whole world of depth to the scripted words. They, to me, seem like never-ending wells of wisdom. These pages must studied, prayed through, reflected upon; they must be seen.” Sister Anne Marie, OSB after leaving an exhibition of The Saint John's Bible.

Whether it is an exhibition of original works at a museum, a collection of prints on a church or library wall, or a full size copy of the Heritage Edition in a university chapel, the reaction from guests viewing the pages of The Saint John's Bible is almost always the same; people have to come and see this.

From its inception, The Saint John's Bible was meant to be shared and used, and one of the main ways Saint John's has chosen to do this is through exhibitions. The Saint John's Bible began its official exhibition program in 2005 with the debut of Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This Target Target Logo sponsored exhibition tour brought close to 100 original folios from the Bible to hundreds of thousands of guests all across the country, and has just finished its tour this last April with the final venue in Mobile, Alabama. At the same time, smaller exhibitions of original Bible folios have taken place all over the country and in London. These two exhibition programs have allowed over a million people to view the original pages of the project to wide acclaim.

While the national tour has ended, The Saint John's Bible will continue its exhibition of original pages throughout the upcoming years. Plans are currently underway to exhibit parts of the Bible in New Mexico and Wisconsin in 2010 and 2011. The Bible will also be making a return visit to the Twin Cities area with an exhibition of folios from Prophets and Wisdom Books in 2010. The location of this exhibition is still being kept a secret by the host museum, but please watch for an exciting announcement due to be released this fall. Finally, plans for a celebratory exhibition for the completion of the Bible project are underway for 2012. Saint John's will have the privilege of partnering with the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland on a three city tour that will showcase works from all seven of the then completed volumes. This exhibition will definitely be a “must be seen” opportunity. You can always keep abreast of any touring exhibitions by visiting the “See the Bible” link at

Not every venue wishing to bring the inspiration and art of The Saint John's Bible to its local area can handle the strict conservation, security and exhibition requirements of hosting the original works, but they can have an exhibition of fine art prints. To allow even greater access to the project, Saint John's began a print exhibition program in 2007 which allows groups such as churches, schools, libraries, or any organization with an interest a way to bring the artistry of the Bible project to their own members and guests. The three traveling print exhibition sets have proven so popular that bookings have filled the calendar through 2010, and there is a waiting list for potential openings that may arise. Please follow this link if you would like more information about hosting a print exhibition of the Bible, or click here for a list of current and upcoming print exhibitions that may be in your area.

Another option for those not fortunate enough to view the original folios of the Bible is to find an opportunity to see one of the spectacular full-sized reproductions of The Saint John's Bible known as the Heritage Edition. 360 of these fine-art, museum-quality works have been created under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, and are being presented by donors as legacy gifts to institutions around the world. These beautifully bound volumes virtually mirror the original works, and each book is truly work of art in itself. The display and use of the Heritage Edition volumes will allow an even greater number of people to view and experience the richness of the project in an approachable and accessible way.

As Sister Ann Marie, OSB makes clear, viewing The Saint John's Bible is a rich and rewarding experience. So please take time to do as she instructs; find an exhibition of the Bible pages in your area and study them, pray through them, reflect on them and above all, remember the pages must be seen.

HMML Gallery

Original folios from The Saint John's Bible are always on exhibition at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) on the Saint John's University Campus, Collegeville, Minnesota. HMML is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from May through the weekend before Christmas from noon until 4:00 p.m. Please call 320-363-2355 for tour and exhibition information. There is no admission charge to view the HMML Gallery.

Fine Art Galleries Across the Country Provide an Important Link to The Saint John's Bible

Liturgical Press, the publisher of the fine art reproductions of The Saint John's Bible, has long partnered with fine art galleries across the country to provide customers with opportunities to view and purchase reproductions of The Saint John's Bible. Two of the earliest galleries who signed onto the project are located here in Minnesota. Carter Avenue Frame Shop, located in St. Paul and owned by Tim Smith, was pivotal early in the development of the fine art prints. Smith, who has a Master of Divinity degree and over 27 years of experience in the art and framing business, provided key insights into the art world and recommendations on how to reach customers interested in owning art. Smith continues to be active in spreading the word about The Saint John's Bible by hosting presentations and exhibitions throughout the area. The same can be said of Spirit One Arts Center & Gallery, located in Wayzata and owned by Victoria Hovde. Hovde, a veteran fine art consultant who for 3 decades has advised corporate, healthcare and liturgical clients, has tirelessly promoted the project through presentations, exhibits and personalized client consultations and often works with churches and hospitals to commission oversized reproductions on canvas. In addition to Smith and Hovde, Liturgical Press has over 100 gallery partners in 30 states. Find a gallery in your area by clicking here or logging onto our new website and searching under “Where to Buy”. If you've always been interested in owning piece of Saint John's Bible artwork, visiting one of our gallery partners is a great way to start exploring.

  In This Issue

• Print Exhibitions

• Fine Art Galleries Provide an
  Important Link

• Upcoming Exhibitions & Events

See the Bible

Print Exhibits

May 3 - June 22, 2009
First Congregational Church
Crystal Lake, Illinois

June 8 – July 24, 2009
Martin de Porres Center
Columbus, Ohio

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