Art Gallery

St. Paul's Monastery Gallery

BENEDICTINES HAVE ALWAYS ENCOURAGED ARTISTS TO EXPRESS THE BEAUTY ONE EXPERIENCES IN ENCOUNTERING GOD THROUGH ONE'S OWN CREATIVITY. Their work contributes to keeping us mindful of God’s abiding presence. St. Paul’s Monastery Art Gallery, with the support of related programming through the Benedictine Center, seeks ways to cultivate the sacramental sense that infuses religiously-themed art and to deepen the role of art as a formative part of Christian life and discipleship.

Please call the Monastery ahead of your visit at 651-777-8181.

Seeing God: 2023 Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art

The exhibit is now open and members of the public are welcome. Please call ahead at 651-777-8181. Sacred art contributes to keeping us mindful of God’s abiding presence. The annual Seeing God Juried Exhibit features contemporary artists who work in that spirit. Over the centuries, Benedictines have encouraged women and men who use color, form, sound, and word to express the beauty one experiences in the encounter with God’s own creativity. Click on the title above to learn more. Click the heading to see the winning artists and their work.

Previous Exhibit: Chuck Hoffman & Peg Carlson-Hoffman

Chuck Hoffman & Peg Carlson-Hoffman

Artists, Peacemakers, Community Builders

The artists state that their work is a result of collaboration. They go beyond the conceptual sense to include working together on the same canvas. The two paint at the same time, forging ideas together that neither could create alone. The experience is one of both visual and verbal communication. The conversation is in paint, where it is important for each voice to be heard, allowing expression of each unique perspective.

Previous Exhibit: Of the Earth Art Exhibition


St. Paul’s Monastery Art Gallery presents “Of the Earth,” an exhibit highlighting the artists Sister Jacqueline Leiter, OSB, Sister Virginia Matter, OSB, David Beddow, Betty Carlson, Dawn Hofstrand, and Peggy Thompson.

“Humus” means earth, soil, partially decomposed organic matter. “Humility” is realizing in a visceral way that we are not separate from anything else. It allows us to sink down into the rich soil, all the way to the bottom." – Tim Burkett

This exhibit was highlighted at St. Paul's Monastery from May 29-August 24.



Exhibit Archives


Anonymous Patron

“When I see all these people sharing their souls, I can’t help but wonder what mine has to say.”

Anonymous Artist

“Returning for the juried show each year helps me stay at my practice all year long.”


“It’s so peaceful here. Even my body feels it when I walk through the door.”


“Wow. What can I say? I cannot thank you enough for the way that you helped me. This was a wonderful experience—one of a lifetime.”


“I am moved every time I walk in these doors and encounter a new exhibit.”


“I am an artist who just moved to town. I have found my people.”

Dr. Mel Kimble

“We found the spiritual atmosphere, architecture and interaction with the community of St. Paul's Monastery as asset to our work . . . the Benedictine Center keeps our focus on the spiritual dimension of life as it unfolds.”

Fr. Chuck Brambilla

“As a staff we were amazed at the quality of our experience together.”

Pastor Ruth Conrad

“God has breathed empowering courage into my life and ministry through times of silence in this beautiful center.”

Aaron Miller, Campus Minister

“The Benedictine Center made our retreat with college students nothing less than spectacular. What we encountered was a true sense of Benedictine hospitality and prayerfulness.”


“I can’t believe I slept for twelve hours straight. It must have been what my body needed.”


"Our time was peaceful and beautiful and blessed."