The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

A Hidden Wholeness:
The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton

"Merton's goal for the photographs was one of spiritual and intellectual transcendence, but they function on an aesthetic level so pure as to be visually transcendent as well. That's almost too much to expect from photographs and an achievement not often seen these days."

Evan Gillespie, Tribune Correspondent


Reviews of A Hidden Wholeness:

Bellarmine University, Louisville

Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City

Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville



Essays from the Exhibit Catalog:

Thomas Merton: Photographer by Paul M. Pearson
Through A Glass Purely by Deba P. Patnaik
“One Aesthetic Illumination:” Thomas Merton and Buddhism by Bonnie B. Thurston


A Hidden Wholeness: Exhibition Dates and Venues


"Merton photography 'almost dizzying' on aesthetic and intellectual levels."

Steve Euvino, South Bend Tribune


#1 Solitary Chair

#2 Branch and Leaves

#3 Bark

#4 Bare Branch and Rock

#5 Rock with Shadows

#6 Open Barn Door

#7 Trees

#8 Tree in Blossom

#9 Barn Doors and Weeds

#10 Branches

#11 Blossoms

#12 Monastery Window

#13 Silhouetted Tree

#14 Silhouetted Tree Trunk

#15 Bare Woods

#16 Wooded Glade

#17 Solitary Tree on Hillside

#18 Window Frame

#19 Basket and Tree Root

#20 Basket

#21 Basket (Detail)

#22 Basket (Detail)

#23 Basket

#24 Window

#25 Rock and Shoots

#26 Broken Rock and Grass

#27 Rocks and Root

#28 Root

#29 Root

#30 Root

#31 Window in Side of Barn

#32 Watering Can at Hermitage

#33 Ladder and Chair

 

#34 Wheel Barrow at Hermitage

#35 Tracks in Snow


A Hidden Wholeness:

The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton

 

Exhibition Dates and Venues

 

  • McGrath Art Gallery, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky. 19th November 2004 - 5th January 2005.

  • Grace Albrecht Gallery, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio. 26th August 2005 - 25th September 2005.

  • Brincka Gallery, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana. 10th December 2006 - 26th February 2006.

  • Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 3rd July 2006 - 28th July 2006.

  • St. Andrew's-Wesley Church, 1012 Nelson Street, (Corner of Burrard  & Nelson), Vancouver, BC., Canada. 31st July 2006 - 1st September 2006.

  • Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, Illinois. 28th October 2006 - 15th January 2007.

  • Martin de Porres Center, 2330 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio. 2nd July 2007 - 5th September 2007.

  • Muhammad Ali Center, One Muhammad Ali Plaza, 144 N. Sixth Street, Louisville, KY  40202. 18th March 2008 - June 15th 2008.

  • American Benedictine Academy, Sacred Heart Monastery/Mount Marty College, Yankton SD. 7th August 2008 - 10th August 2008.

  • Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Atlanta, GA. 14th - 15th November, 2008.

  • The Great Hall, Special Collections Library, Margaret I. King Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. 23rd November, 2008 – 15th January, 2009.

  • Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. 11 June - 28th September 2009.

  • Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH. February 26 - April 11, 2010.

  • University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, ON. November 1 - December 17, 2010.

  • St. Andrew's United Church and Centre for Peace, 901 11th Avenue South, Golden, BC. August 8 - September 5, 2011.

  • Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, University of Alberta, Augustana, AB. September 10 - September 30, 2011.

  • Art Building 604, 6th Floor Art Parkade, University of Calgary, 2975 University Way NW, Calgary, AB. October 31 - November 10, 2011.

  • Winnipeg, MB. Winter 2011.

  • Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, BC. July 3 - 21, 2012.

  • Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library, Saint Meinrad, IN. September 1 - October 31, 2012.

  • Festival of Faiths, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, Louisville, KY. November 14 - 18, 2012.

  • McGrath Art Gallery, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky. May 7 - June 2, 2013.

  • Australian Catholic University Gallery, 26 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia. July 10 - 24, 2013.

  • Villanova University Art Gallery, Connelly Center, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA. August 20, 2015 - September 24, 2015.


If you are interested in the possibility of borrowing this exhibit please contact Paul M. Pearson at the Thomas Merton Center.