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An artist is making a trip to Saint Meinrad next month.

Iconographer and artist, Marek Czarnecki, will talk about “Popular Catholic Art in American Churches: A Reappraisal”.

Czarnecki teaches and writes icons out of his liturgical arts studio, Seraphic Restorations, in Meriden, Connecticut. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1987.

The artist’s work has been displayed in many cities both here in the US and in Europe.

Czarnecki has won a few awards through the years, including the National Council for Polish Culture’s Jan de Rosen Artistic Achievement Award, and the Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Award. The artists also won the 2004 PBS Best Documentary Award for narrating the documentary, “Polish Life in Our Valley.”

This award gave the artist an opportunity to study under master iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky. He was awarded the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Painting Fellowship twice.

In addition to his church restoration work and icon commissions, Czarnecki serves as a community scholar for the Polish immigrant community resettled here in the US.

The annual Dolle Lecture on Church Art and Architecture will take place on Tuesday, September 10th at 7 pm Central time in St. Bede Theater on the Saint Meinrad campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available behind St. Bede Hall, as well as in the Guest House and student parking lots.

For more information, call Jeanne Schumacher during normal business hours at 812-357-6501.

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