Opening Reception: "Ecce Sublimia" and "Connected Isolation" Exhibitions

Opening Reception: "Ecce Sublimia" and "Connected Isolation" Exhibitions

  • Location Castellani Art Museum


Join the Castellani Art Museum for the opening reception for two Niagara University-curated winter exhibitions! The opening reception for Ecce Sublimia: The Art of Christianity and Connected Isolation is Thursday, Dec. 8, 4:30 - 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. 


Event schedule:
Ongoing | Niagara University student curators share information and answer questions in the exhibition.

4:30-5:30 p.m. | CAM Members and Niagara University Preview Hour

5:00 -5:30 p.m. | Members/NU Tour with Dr. Amelia Gallagher, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
5:30 p.m. | Remarks
6:00 p.m. | Public Tour with Dr. Amelia Gallagher
7:00 p.m. | Reception Ends

About the Exhibitions
Ecce Sublimia: The Art of Christianity is an exploration of how art is used to teach religious studies at Niagara University. Featuring classical and contemporary pieces, this exhibition explores the major concepts of Western Christianity, along with Niagara University student research. Ecce Sublimia is Latin for Behold the Sublime. Divided into five thematic sections, Ecce Sublima delves into depictions of sainthood: modern icons, the sacred feminine, such as  the Madonna and Child, religious vestments, and the immersive art environment of Prophet Isaiah Robertson.

From holy apparel to sculptures to stained glass to modern works on paper, this exhibition takes guests on a tour of the sacred works of Niagara University and worship sites around Western New York.

Connected Isolation, is student-curated exhibition that provides commentary on the human experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the height of the pandemic, we were physically isolated from many people that we care about. We had to learn to entertain ourselves, work from home, and adapt to the changing environment. This exhibition focuses on the darkness one can experience when isolated from others, and the light we experience when spending time with the ones we love. The art will reflect feelings of isolation, fear, hope, and missed opportunities.

This exhibition was curated by Niagara University course AHM 252A: Introduction to Museum Studies, a hands-on course that builds understanding of museums' history, societal roles, and critical functions.

Student Curators:
Alexander Martel
Amaya Mack
Anessa Hanson
Ashton Drakulich
Becca Mansfield
Bennett Hunt
Danielle Wayda
Jaycee Pauline
Michael Chodkowski
Poppy Raker
Rachel Sheehan
Raven Grant
Sebastian Newell

Professor: Ellen M. Owens