Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Monastery,Seminary Event

Exhibit by ceramic sculptor John McCarthy

Monday, June 2- Tuesday, July 15
Location: Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library Gallery

Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library Gallery, St. Meinrad, IN, will host an exhibit titled "Contemplating the Sacred" by ceramic sculptor John McCarthy from June 2 through July 15.

Pic _news _Mc Carthy _exhibitThis exhibit will feature two- and three-dimensional ceramic work by Louisville artist John McCarthy. McCarthy builds a form out of clay. To him, clay represents the sacred because it is part of God's earth. Building organic shapes that emphasize texture and using naturally glazed surfaces, he explores themes fundamental to the human condition, such as sorrow, fear and hope.

McCarthy is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a bachelor's degree in fine arts and education and a master's degree in fine arts with a concentration in ceramics. He has taught in the Louisville metropolitan area for 40 years. Currently, he is an art education consultant and teaches for the University of Louisville and Indiana University Southeast.

McCarthy has exhibited his work in various regional exhibitions, including the Speed Museum in Louisville and the Evansville Art Museum. He was the featured artist at the 2007 Festival of Faiths in Louisville and his work was included in the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts Best of Louisville clay exhibit.

His work is in many private collections. His installations include "Bubblescape," an aluminum and ceramic mural at the new Kosair Children's Medical Center, and "Evolving toward Peace" at JADAC (Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center) in Louisville.

For library hours, call (812) 357-6401 or (800) 987-7311, or visit theArchabbey 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: John McCarthy's ceramic pieces, such as this one titled "It Takes a Village II," will be on display at Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library through July 15.