Catholic University of America to Mark Vatican II Anniversary With Art Exhibit

Will Trace Development of Liturgical Art After Historic Council

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WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 21, 2012 ( To mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, the Department of Art at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., has announced a month-long exhibition featuring the work of artists inspired by the spirit of the Church.

The exhibit, “Celebrating Vatican II: A Spirited Response in Art and Design,” will examine art from the 1940s through the 1970s, along with photographs and publications during the period of the Second Vatican Council. The exhibition will also trace the development of liturgical art and design in response to the 1962-1965 council. 

This response, according to Associate Professor Nora Heimann, chair of the Department of Art, was often a creative expression of an “enlivened spirit” in the Church.

The art exhibition will coincide with a four-day symposium on Vatican II hosted by the university. 

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