Imago Dei: The Art and Legacy of Sister Gerardine Mueller at Caldwell University
Caldwell, N.J., Sept.7, 2021 – The Caldwell University Mueller Gallery will present “Imago Dei” honoring the work of Sister Gerardine Mueller, O.P. and her contributions to Caldwell University as she celebrates one hundred years of life.
Sister’s devotion to God is evident in her actions and exceedingly showcased within the exhibit, which opens on her 100th birthday, Sept. 16 and runs through Oct. 3. Sister Gerardine has used her innumerable artistic talents to honor God and inspire others to live in His image. The campus community is looking forward to celebrating her through this exhibit.
A 1954 graduate of Caldwell University (formerly Caldwell College), Sister Gerardine also holds a M.A. and M.F.A. from University of Notre Dame, certificates from the New Jersey State Department of Education, Fordham University, and the Cummings Glass Studio. The conception of Caldwell’s Department of Visual Art and Design is owed to Sister Gerardine’s creativity and devotion to the university and when a new art gallery was created on campus in 2017 it was only fitting that it be named the “Mueller Gallery”. As a result of Sister Gerardine’s efforts, countless students have been given the opportunity to pursue a degree in fine arts, graphic design, art education, and art therapy. Throughout the years, the department has become profoundly rooted in contemporary art discourse and provided opportunities for students who engage in a wide range of art media and styles.
This exhibit serves as a culmination and tribute to the impressive legacy Sister Gerardine has created at Caldwell University. It not only includes her own work, but also that of recent Caldwell University graduates and one current student, all of whom have been supported by Sister Gerardine’s accomplishment of, in 1974, creating the first institution in the State of New Jersey to offer the BFA degree. These emerging artists are: Najm Beyah (digital photography), Christina Birch (painting), Hilaida Minosa (painting), Jennifer Storms (painting), and Kelly Villalba (sculpture).
“Imago Dei” refers to how human beings were made in the likeness of God, and Sister Gerardine is a shining example of this concept. Her work is filled with color and joyful imagery that surrounds the life of Jesus Christ. As a Sister, student, teacher, and artist Sister Gerardine has always been in service to those around her and continues to be an inspiration to those in her Caldwell community and beyond.
Masks are required indoors. For information on the exhibit and the Mueller Gallery go to www.caldwell.edu/gallery or call 973-618-3238.