‘Searching For Thomas Merton: 
An Artistic Tribute, 1968-2018’

Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton, who died on Dec. 10, 1968, is being honored on the 50th anniversary of his death with events at Bellarmine University. Artist Joe McGee is involved in two Merton-related art shows, one, “Merton Among Us: The Living Legacy of Thomas Merton,” now at KyCAD’s 849 Gallery through Jan. 18. The reception is Saturday, Dec. 1. The second, “Searching for Thomas Merton: An Artistic Tribute” with McGee and textile artist Penny Sisto, is at Bellarmine (she and her husband, jazz musician Dick Sisto, were friends with Merton). “Merton is still as relevant today as when he died in ’68,” said McGee. “An environmentalist, against all war, all nuclear weapons, racial discrimination, so many social issues of the ‘60s, all here still today in our world.” The opening reception is Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. Kentucky poet Lynnell Edwards will do a reading during the reception. 

FRIDAY, NOV. 30-JAN. 6

McGrath Gallery, Bellarmine University
Free
2001 Newburg Road
merton.org

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‘Searching For Thomas Merton: 
An Artistic Tribute, 1968-2018’

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

 

 

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