A series of paintings and sculptures from artist and Marianist Brother Mel Meyer is the newest art exhibit on display at Lindenwood University-Belleville.
The exhibit consists of an outdoor sculpture and 20 unique pieces that will be showcased inside the university’s Welcome Center for six months, after which other selections from Brother Mel’s collection will replace them. The second exhibit will be featured for an additional six months.
Ranging from abstract paintings and frescoes to massive steel sculptures and stained glass, Brother Mel’s art covers a host of different media.
“Brother Mel’s work really speaks for itself,” said Dede Farquar, capital campaign donor at Lindenwood Belleville. “Some pieces are dynamic; others are whimsical. You can see his faith and love for mankind through his art.”
In 1949, Brother Mel joined the Marianist Brotherhood Catholic Community in St. Louis, where he later set up his art studio and workshop. A full-time artist since the 1960s, Brother Mel has created over 10,000 documented pieces of artwork, many of which are now in chapels, private and public buildings, parks, homes and backyards.
“There is an interesting evolution in the work he has done over the decades,” said Farquar. “Actually getting to see his art develop and change over the course of his life is something you don’t get to experience with a lot of artists.”
“We are grateful to Brother Mel for loaning us artwork from his remarkable collection,” said Jerry Bladdick, vice president and CAO of Lindenwood University-Belleville. “The exhibit is truly one-of-a-kind and will continue to exemplify Lindenwood Belleville’s dedication to the arts.”
The exhibit will be available for public viewing each Sunday from 1-4 p.m., beginning June 5. For any additional information, call (618) 239-6000.