Morton J. May Foundation Gallery

Located in the Maryville University Library – please see library for gallery hours.

2014 – 2015 Schedule

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Maryville University presents:

A Hidden Wholeness

The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton

On View:
January 12 to February 21, 2015

Opening Reception and guest speaker:
January 15, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m




Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky. He is best known today for his spiritual writings on contemplation and his own personal spiritual journey that led him to study Eastern religions, especially Zen Buddhism. Merton was also a visual artist of considerable talent exploring drawing and calligraphy and, as reflected in this exhibition, photography. His photographs were a way to summon viewers to be present to what Merton called the “living and self-creating mystery of which I am myself a part, to which I am myself my own unique door.”

Exhibition on loan from the Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY.


Special evening performance with INSCAPE MINISTRIES:

“Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day:

Pilgrims & Prophets of Peace”

February 19 at 7 p.m. in Huttig Chapel

In conjunction with the Thomas Merton exhibition, Maryville University invites Inscape Ministries for a one night performance of “Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day: Pilgrims & Prophets of Peace”.    Please join us in a reader’s style theater with actors, David Hoover and Sharon Halsey-Hoover, as they present these figures of peace in Huttig Chapel on main campus Thursday evening, February 19, 2015 at 7p.m.  The performance is funded by The Medart Lecture Series, the Newman Center, Office of Campus Ministries and Community Service and the Morton J. May Foundation Gallery.

World War I


Germaine Murray and John Baltrushunas, curators


On View: February 26 – April 2, 2015
Opening Reception: February 26, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

World War I – Remembered is an exhibition to recognize and contemplate the 100th year anniversary of “the War to End All Wars”.  History books tell of campaigns and territory won or lost. Artists, poets, photographers and writers tell the human story. The Morton J. May Foundation Gallery, presents images, poetry and artifacts that narrate the reality of the war for the soldiers who fought and their families who waited.

2015 BFA Studio Art Exhibit

On View: April 9 – 24, 2015
Opening Reception: April 9, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2015 BFA Interactive Design Exhibit

On View: April 30 – May 15, 2015
Opening Reception: April 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Morton J. May Foundation Gallery
The late St. Louis businessman and philanthropist, Morton D. May, once exhibited his photographs at Maryville. He later established the Morton J. May Foundation Gallery on campus, in his father’s name. Recently relocated to the first floor of the University Library, the Gallery comprises two contemporary rooms of open floor and wall space. Two regional or national artists are typically shown each semester, through exhibits that may include painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, metalwork, photography, illustration and more.

Each spring, seniors graduating with a BFA in studio art have an exhibit and in the summer months, the Gallery often features selected artwork of other talented Maryville students.

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