Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

Monastery,Seminary Event

Exhibit of "Disappearing American Landscapes"

Monday, January 9- Sunday, February 19
Location: Archabbey Library Gallery

Two -Men -at -the -Main -Cafe -for -webSaint Meinrad Archabbey Library Gallery, St. Meinrad, IN, is hosting an exhibit of paintings and photographs entitled "Disappearing American Landscapes."

The exhibit will run from January 9 through February 19.

New Harmony, IN, artist Mary Ann Michna studied painting and photography at Purdue University, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in 1975. She continued graduate studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, receiving a master's in fine arts in 1978.

For over 15 years, she has been producing artwork influenced by the ever-changing and often-disappearing American landscape. Her work on this project began in 2000 when she had a daily commute between Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN.

She created imagery influenced by her drive on Interstate 70 and then focused on the surroundings of her hometown of Terre Haute. Terre Haute provided inspiration for her artwork because of its long, working-class history and an urban landscape that seemed to hold on to remnants of its past architecture. 

Paintings and photographs of road trips throughout the United States have been added to her collection. Her observations are of everyday places and people that are usually overlooked, remaining bits and pieces of what once was.

Most of the paintings are based on imagery found in her photographs.

For library hours, call (812) 357-6401 or (800) 987-7311, or visit the Archabbey Library's website:

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Those wishing to view the exhibit may want to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time.

Photo: "Two Men at the Main Cafe."