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.

The gallery is open 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Current Exhibit: Northstar Watermedia Society


Featuring 50 paintings, selected out of 200+ submitted entries, the NorthStar Watermedia Society is proud to host its 8th annual national juried exhibition. This year’s exhibition will take place at the St. Paul Monastery Gallery, 2675 Benet Rd., St. Paul, MN 55109, starting on August 22 and ending on November 3, 2022.  The Gallery is open daily from 9 am – 5 pm; masks and proof of vaccination required.

Juror for this year’s exhibition is Tara Sweeney, an award-winning artist, illustrator and author based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Her prolific body of work includes watercolor painting, plein air sketching, illustration and creative non-fiction. She is art professor emeritus with Augsburg University, where she taught 25 years, served as chair of the department, and sat on the committee of exhibition selection for Augsburg's Galleries. She currently teaches watercolor workshops nationally and internationally. Tara is an experienced juror and holds signature membership in the National Watercolor Society, Red River Watercolor Society and Minnesota Watercolor Society.

Founded in 1975, NorthStar Watermedia is the oldest watermedia society in Minnesota.  With a current membership of 200+ artists, NorthStar offers monthly membership meetings featuring live demos by local and national artists.   In addition, it offers artists’ workshops led by nationally-and internationally-known painters, members’ and national juried exhibitions, and artists’ sales events. For more information as well as membership information, please see our website:

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."