Sacred Art

Fifth Joyful Mystery - Nativity
Fifth Joyful Mystery - Nativity of our Lord is on Facebook at We have started a Facebook page for Catholic Artists. A bit of an experiment, this was set up as a Facebook page with many editors.  This way many Catholic Artists in the core group can post their works of art and projects in process.  We will also share events that others and each other are promoting. Please go to the link above and Like the page to receive updates. Also, if you have been following the Catholic Artists Conference (and subsequent cancellation), we are working on a new venue at a new time with better stability.  Stay tuned!  


Dear Artists, The cancellation of the Catholic Artists Conference haunts me.  This is something I feel is needed very strongly and I don't want to quit.  Many of you have emailed me directly and as a group to inquire about the possibilities of something in the future.  Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I do think there is a market for regional Catholic artists retreats and perhaps a national Catholic artists conference.  In attempting the Catholic Artists Conference I found out several important facts: (1) Catholic Artists are hard to find but come from all over the country, (2) Catholic artists are passionate about what they do (3) Catholic artists want to meet with other Catholic artists, (4) Price is important but not a deal breaker for the right event, (5) prayer is a central theme, (6) a workshop/retreat is a favorite format, (7) there are many amateur artists who want to learn from professional artists, and (8) artists can be their own anchor event. I've started a FB page for Catholic Artists.  I decided to use a page rather than a group to make it easier for new people to find the page.  With a page we can share our work for others to find when searching for Catholic Artists.  More than one editor is allowed.  I already had 595 likes from promotional posts under the old Fall 2016 Catholic Arts Conference page and I will try to recover what I can from that work.  When we do have a local, regional or national event planned, it will be easier to find through a page rather than a group. I'm so sorry the Catholic Artists Conference was cancelled. It was my fault for connecting it to a large painting exhibit that I couldn't afford. Fund raising is hard to do. In hindsight, future events have to be independently self supportive.  That is not that hard to do, and by breaking them down into regional workshop/retreats the transportation expenses are easier for artists to manage.  The fee for the speaker(s) need to be shared by the artists attending.  There are upfront costs to establishing a workshop/retreat and even more for a conference.  Some financial backing is needed for those up front costs but should come back to the sponsor if done right (this is key to the organizer and introduces risk). Your suggestions are greatly welcome.  Blessed Fra Angelico pray for us. John


St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska
St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska
It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the cancellation of the Catholic Artists Conference. I was not able to raise enough funds to bring a collection of paintings from Europe which was the anchor to the conference.  I should have realized that this anchor could have, and did in fact pull down the boat.  I am sorry to those who are disappointed about this.  All who have registered will receive their payments back in full. I think there is great need for a Catholic Artists Conference.  From my experience there is a hunger on the part of Catholic Artists to meet others and share in the cooperative work of developing art for a community of faithful people.  There are many forms of Catholic art from sacramental to liturgical.  Sacred art is part of the New Evangelization and is a vehicle, much like Lectio Divina, that calls people to Christ.  Dr. Jem Sullivan has written a booklet about Sacred Art and the New Evangelization through the Knights of Columbus.  I would like to share that booklet in PDF form as it was to be part of the materials shared at the conference. I will keep up this blog and the directory of Catholic artists.  I will continue to promote Catholic Art and in fact I will get back to my own art, painting the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.