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For Immediate Release   
March 10, 2014


Sister Mary Charles:

Engagement and Transcendence


WHERE: Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth


WHEN: June 3 – September 21, 2014


The Tweed Museum of Art is pleased to announce a new exhibition featuring the work of Sister Mary Charles McGough (1925-2007). The exhibition is a collaboration between the Tweed Museum of Art and St. Scholastica Monastery, and has been guest curated by Peter Spooner. Engagement and Transcendence is the first treatment of this prolific and regionally beloved artist, whose career spanned sixty years. The Monastery holds much of Sister Mary Charles’ art and archive and has published a book about her art and life. The book, Saved by Beauty, will be released in conjunction with the exhibition opening.


View full press release here

Biography: Sister Mary Charles McGough



Photo by Duluth News Tribune and Derek Neas

Sister Mary Charles was born in Cloquet, Minnesota in 1925, and entered the Duluth Benedictine convent at age 18. She earned a Master of Education Degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Notre Dame University, and spent her lifetime as a teacher and artist.

She was well known for the summer “Barn Program,” started in 1968 in Duluth when a former carriage house on the Monastery’s McCabe property became an art studio. There she and other Sisters taught children various creative classes in writing, science, dance, song, music, and art for over 18 years.
Sister Mary Charles was gifted in many forms of artistic expression. She created woodcut prints, wood carvings, ceramics, sculpture, watercolor and graphic designs. Her range of work included the cover design of Sisters Today magazine for more than 30 years to the 10 x 30 foot relief sculpture at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. She was also commissioned to do artistic projects for Temple Israel and for Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Catholic churches.


She was an active member of Pax Christi, an international peace organization, and dedicated to the work of the Damiano Center, Loaves and Fishes Community, CHUM, and to any organization that cared for poor or marginalized people. Sister Mary Charles passed away in 2007, leaving a legacy of engagement with community and a rich collection of art in a variety of media.

Saved by Beauty: Sister Mary Charles McGough, OSB A new publication about the life and art of Sister Mary Charles McGough


St. Scholastica Monastery proudly announces the publication of Saved by Beauty: Sister Mary Charles McGough, OSB. Sister Mary Charles (1925-2007) dedicated her life to the teaching and creation of art in many forms, but is best known for skillfully designed narrative woodcuts, and for the “writing” of Christian icons based on traditional prototypes. Her works reside in public and private collections and in churches, temples, and monasteries across the country.  The full-color, 108-page book features over 90 images of the artist’s work, along with essays exploring her art and life and full biographical and bibliographical information. Contributors include John and Meridith Schifsky, Sister Lois Eckes, Fr. Dustin Lyons, and Peter Spooner.  Sister Mary Charles’ essay “The World Will Be Saved by Beauty” is reprinted as well. Designed by Debra Salzer and printed locally, Saved by Beauty tells the story and documents the art of a Minnesota art treasure whose impact reaches far beyond the state’s borders.


The book is released in conjunction with an exhibition of Sister Mary Charles’ woodcuts and icons at the Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth, which will be exhibited June 3 through September 21, 2014.  Both the exhibition and the book follow years of research locating and documenting Sister Mary Charles’ art and interviewing many individuals whose lives she touched. Saved by Beauty will be available through the Tweed Museum Store and St. Scholastica Monastery Gift Shop.


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