Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Invention and Exaltation: Contemporary Religious Art

Last Supper by Daniel Mitsui

STEUBENVILLE, OH—The work of Daniel Mitsui, an artist whose work renews the illustration techniques and visual images of medieval manuscript illumination, will be featured at Franciscan University Fine Arts Department's new exhibition: "Invention and Exaltation: Contemporary Religious Art."

The exhibition opens on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14, at 7:00 p.m., in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, with a free lecture by Mitsui on "Invention and Exaltation." He will reveal the work of the artist as a search not unlike the finding and recovering of the relics of the true cross of Christ. A reception will follow.

Mitsui's adaptation of traditional manuscript illumination, incorporating drawing, color, gilding, and letterpress imagery, is unique among contemporary art. His work has been featured in books, magazines, and internet venues. In 2011, the Vatican's Vox Clara committee commissioned him to illustrate a new edition of the Roman Pontifical.

Everyone is welcome to Mitsui's talk and viewing of his artwork. Gallery hours vary, but tours are available by prior arrangement. To schedule a viewing, contact Professor Linus Meldrum at 740-283-6964 or

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