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Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday:
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

1501 S. Layton Blvd. (27th and Greenfield) | Milwaukee, WI 53215     Map


2018-2019 Season

Exhibits explore cultures and advocate for social justice, peace, and the environment.

“Egypt:  A Personal View”
August 19 – October 14, 2018
Opening Reception:  Sunday, August 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Artist Talk 2:00 p.m.

Through images captured during his trips to Egypt between 1985 and 1992, Lemke presents a personal view on another place and time.  Lemke’s black and white photographs tell the stories of the people he encountered, expressing their joy and pride as well as sorrow.  Lemke also aims to present the lives of those in another country/culture that he found alternately run parallel and in contrast to his own.  Encouraging viewers to look for similarities and the good in others is also part of his intent for this body of work.

Woman with Sugar Cane, Arms on the Train, Street Vendor, Pan Man  

Woman with Sugar Cane Arms on the Train Street Vendor Pan Man


“Day of the Dead:   From the Earth”
Tessa Goulais, Guest Curator; Dara Larson, Exhibition Assistant/Alverno College Professor of Art
October 28 – November 11 
Opening Reception:  Sunday, October 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Artist Talk 2:00 p.m.

Our Day of the Dead celebration features ofrendas (ritual altars on which are placed objects during Dia de los Muertos celebrations) and artwork created under different themes.  This year’s theme, “From the Earth,” is dedicated to the sustainability of our Mother Earth and connects to the life cycle of planting and harvest from Day of the Dead spiritual traditions.  Dara Larson, Alverno College Professor of Art, is again leading the conceptual work on this collaborative project with Alverno alumnae and faculty that encourages viewer interaction.

Larson Skull Drawing, Larson Ofrenda 2015, World Tree and Ofrenda 2016, Collaborative Ofrenda/Honoring Women of Importance 2017
Larson Skull Drawing Larson Offerenda 2015 World Tree and Offerenda 2016 Collaborative Offerenda honoring Women of Importance 2017


December 2 – January 6, 2019   
“Crèche Culture”
No opening reception

Alfons Gallery’s annual exhibition of its collection of over 100 crèches from around the world presents pieces created by local and global artisans and brought here by sisters from our various missions, reflecting School Sisters of St. Francis’ global outreach.  Every year the display changes as more creches are added to this

collection.  Accompanying these sets is related artwork in various mediums by School Sisters of St. Francis artists from our vast collection, which includes paintings dating back to the late 19th century.

Crèche Sets with S. Helena Stitcheries, Three Crèches, Woodcut Plate—S. Helena Steffensmeier     
Creche Sets with Helena Stitcheries Creche 01 Creche 02 Creche 03


January 20 – March 24, 2019
“Irish Journeys:  Holy Wells and Home Turf” – Patricia Delker   
Opening Reception Sunday, January 20, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Artist Talk 2:00 p.m. 

Delker’s images capture intangibles—memory, time, secrets, dreams, mystery—gathered from her frequent travels to Ireland.   Across Ireland, the spiritual, mythical and magical forces are strong with holy wells that are natural springs found throughout the country, and these sacred sites attract thoughtful memorials.  This exhibit is Delker’s personal, visual poem to her Ireland through photographs that document history, myth, memory, and deep belief. 

Gone, Winnie and Brigid, St. John’s
Gone Winnie and Brigid St. John's  


April 7 – June 2, 2019   
“A Mirror to the Soul of Nature” – Catherine Lottes     
Opening Reception Sunday, April 7, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Artist Talk 2:00 p.m.

Lottes works with the world of patterns created by mirroring images from single-source photographs she takes of nature.  She believes that symmetry gives a sense of balance and harmony and evokes a spiritual or transcendent response within us.  Lottes also shares that the “spirits” or “totems” she creates often do not reveal themselves in the image until after it has been mirrored with itself.

Lottes quotes Herman Hesse from Wandering, “Trees are sanctuaries. . . They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”

Tree Heart, Spider Tree, Brook, Water Spirit 
Tree Heart Spider Tree Brook

Water Spirit


June 16 – July 28, 2019    
“Quiet Spaces” – Suzanne Schreiber  
Opening Reception Sunday, June 16, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Artist Talk 2:00 p.m.

Suzanne Schreiber’s tinted, black-and-white photographs are a result of her contemplative experience that involves seeing beyond surfaces to the illuminations that come from within the ordinary.  She sees her photography as a way to create visual poetry that expresses her evolving understanding that everything is connected.  As she quotes Thomas Merton, “There is in all visible things. . . a hidden wholeness.”  Schreiber’s always been drawn to explore quiet spaces with her camera in both open and dense areas as she notices light, subtle movement, openings, textures and juxtapositions in which the silence of the moment is revealed.  This exhibit includes Schreiber’s captures of quiet spaces across the United States and Germany.

My Mother lives here  (NY), Why do we have to go?, II (MI), Threshold, We walk in mystery (Germany), and Who benefits in the neighborhood? (MI) 
My Mother Lives Here NY Why do we have to go, II (MI) Threshold We walk in mystery (Germany) Who benefits in the neighborhood? (MI)


Fundraiser Project:  “1,000 Cranes for Iraq” – S. Barbara Cervenka, O.P.

S. Barbara Cervenka, O.P., began this project in January, 2015, and completed the painting of the 1,000th 6”x6” origami crane in September, 2018.  Inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki’s 1,000 cranes, S. Barbara’s project goal to paint 1,000 is to fund the Iraqi Sisters’ ministry within the refugee community.  To date, the project has raised more than $40,000 to assist the Dominican Sisters with their ministry.  In support of this fundraising effort, Alfons Gallery is displaying 160 of these unique crane paintings in St. Joseph Hall, across from the Gallery.  

Project Poster, Origami Crane paintings
  1,000 Cranes for Iraq


August 11 – October 13, 2019
“Fragile Illusions:  Fusing the Senses” – Robin Jebavy   
Opening Reception Sunday, August 11, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Artist Talk 2:00 p.m.

Elaborate paintings and drawings focusing on multiple images of glassware colored with liquid are metaphors for the fragile human condition in relationship to the outside world for Jebavy.  Her designs often reference cathedral interiors with their massive architectural supports and adornment as well as stained glass windows.  While her large-scale paintings have a polished quality to them, her slightly smaller, mixed-media drawings on paper emphasize the precarious nature of the human condition through raw, intimate pieces based on the same glassware and concept.     

Plate with Wreath (Mary Nohl’s Sunrise over Lake Michigan), Set Table (Lamp), J.S. Bach’s Organ, Untitled, Untitled         
Plate with Wreath (Mary Nohl's Sunrise over Lake Michigan) Untitled Untitled