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

Visual Prayer: The Interfaith Artists Circle

Our current art exhibit is VISUAL PRAYER.  Visual prayer is the creative exploration and expression of prayer through images. Although this is a contemporary concept, there is a long history of using art in worship – including illuminated religious books.

We are excited and honored to host the work of The Interfaith Artists Circle of the Twin Cities for this exhibit.  They are a group of visual artists who pursue art as a spiritual journey. Originally founded in 2005 as the Jewish Women Artists’ Circle, the group has become an intersection of multiple faiths, with exhibitions in galleries, universities, and alternative venues in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.


Upcoming Exhibit

Seeing God: 2022 Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art

Opening Reception for Artists, Wed., Jan. 26, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. with awards announced at 7:45 p.m.

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.

DATE & TIME DETAILS:    Jan. 24 through Mar. 25, open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
LOCATION:                        St. Paul's Monastery Gallery
ADDRESS:                          St. Paul's Monastery 2675 Benet Road St. Paul, MN 55109
CONTACT:                | 651.777.7251

Submissions are due Jan. 14, 2022. All entries will be juried, and only those works accepted by the jurors will be exhibited from Jan. 24  through Mar. 25, 2022. Click here to explore the rules and submission process.

Learn more about this exhibit here.

Calling All Artists!

Participate in this gallery by contacting Kathy Fleming at by January 14, 2022. LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO ENTER HERE.

Exhibit Archives


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

Anonymous Patron

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

Anonymous Artist

“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.”


“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.”

Dr. Mel Kimble

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

Fr. Chuck Brambilla

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

Pastor Ruth Conrad

“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.”

Aaron Miller, Campus Minister

“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."


“I’ve been in spiritual direction for a long time. I wouldn't be without it.”


“My spiritual director helps me be me. I appreciate the way she encourages me as I sort through my relationship with God.”


“Sometimes I come and have no idea what I’m going to talk about. I am amazed to see what surfaces every time.”


“I’m not sure exactly why, but it just seemed like it was time to go on retreat.”


“I have had just the right balance of solitude and community. What a blessing to be able to be apart without feeling alone on my journey.”


"Thank you for the retreat. It was refreshing, renewing, restful, and helpful."


"The Center has been an immense contributor to my spiritual development . . . and I am on the path Home.”


"My first time at the Benedictine Center was a most wonderful experience! It was a time of quiet, solitude, and peace. I am coming back!"