Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict


Monk's art on display in Owensboro museum

May 04, 2016

Br _Martin _pottery _shop"A Living Language" is an exhibition of more than 100 works of art by Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB, a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, featured at the Owensboro (Ky.) Museum of Fine Art, May 14 to July 24.

An exhibition opening is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the artist will present a public talk at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. The exhibition and special events are sponsored by Greenwell-Chisolm Printing Co.

A nationally recognized liturgical artist, Erspamer has designed stained glass installations in dozens of Roman Catholic and Protestant churches across the country. He received a Master of Fine Art degree from Boston University and, while establishing his reputation as an artist, also worked as a consultant for religious communities.

He is a versatile artist who works in a wide variety of media, producing sacred themes in watercolor, clay, wood and silkscreen. His graphic designs are featured in church publications, including hymnals, missals and church bulletins.

Erspamer was a designer for Emil Frei Stained Glass Studios, St. Louis, Mo., the company whose Munich studio created the stained glass windows at the turn of the 20th century for the former St. Joseph Church in Owensboro. These windows are now owned by the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art and on permanent display there.

The artist describes his work as "based upon the traditions and arts of the church, a 'living language' that has used similar themes throughout the centuries."

The museum's regular hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum is free, although voluntary donations are requested of $2 for adults and $1 for children. Access for physically challenged individuals is provided at the Atrium entrance in the 9th Street parking lot. For more information, call (270) 685-3181 or visit the museum's website,