Dennis McNally, S.J. Ph.D. to receive the 2020 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching posthumously.

For his exceptional commitment to teaching and to his students, Dennis McNally, S.J. was awarded the prestigious the George and Mary Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. Fr. McNally exemplified cura personalis. Caring deeply that each student is learning, he experimented with many kinds of pedagogical strategies. He was deft at coaxing from the students the most salient features of the artwork, guiding them on a path of discovery. In studio classes, his students analyzed each other’s works, creating a community of artists, including Fr. McNally, learning together.

In his long career at Saint Joseph’s, he developed and taught new courses in ceramics, figurative sculpture, art and architectural history, and art education, and revised existing courses to address the university’s curricular changes. He also taught study abroad classes in five cities and traveled on service immersion trips with students to Tijuana and Appalachia.

Students flocked to his classes, worked hard, discovered that they could do things they did not think they could, and gave his courses rave reviews. To quote just two: “Fr. McNally created an environment where I was intrigued to learn,” and, “Fr. McNally and the class played a huge role in building up my confidence in my own creativity.”


Drawing class for PCOM students

Caroline Stefan '22 and Young Song '20 use images as reference to draw their own pieces during the pilot program. PHOTO: JOEY TOCZYLOWSKI ’20/THE HAWK

Students learn human anatomy through PCOM art program

A group of art students at St. Joe’s paired up with a team of medical students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) to collaborate on a pilot program to learn how to draw parts of the human anatomy by looking at cadavers.

Six St. Joe’s students who had taken a course in drawing were paired with six fourth-year medical students from PCOM. The cadavers’ faces were wrapped in cloth to hide identifying features.

The St. Joe’s students gave instructions on how to best represent the cadavers on paper while the PCOM students provided insight into how different parts of the body moved and operated. Read more


Student Art on Display in Regis Hall

Left: "Mercy, Madness and Grace" by Christine Torrey ’20
Center and right: “Chicken with Attitude” and "The Cow” by Caroline Stefan ’22


As the home of the Office of the President, Regis Hall is a hub of activity, hosting meetings with campus leaders, faculty, staff, students and visitors. For the past three years, it has also been the home to some of Saint Joseph’s finest student art.

Painting, photography and ceramics by student artists is displayed throughout the first floor of the building. University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., says that he reached out to the art department to start the program in 2017 because of how closely artistic endeavors relate to the University’s Jesuit mission. Read more


Jessica Arends Published in Studio Pottery Magazine

SJU student Jessica Arends recently published “A Form of Prayer” in Studio Pottery Magazine. Jessica was a student in Professor Jill Allen’s Ceramic Surfaces class. Read the article here. (photo credit: Jessica Arends)

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Professor Marta Sanchez exhibits work at Free Library of Philadelphia

Professor Marta Sanchez has six prints as part of the Free Library’s Whitman and Melville interdisciplinary exhibit that is on view on the 1st floor.  Local artists’ work is juxtaposed with life stories about the two iconic authors and some quotes from their literature.  Sanchez’s work is accompanied by poetry by Norma E. Cantu.   Exhibit […]

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Art Faculty Artwork chosen for Temple Fox School Collection

art added to Temple Fox School of Bus.

One of Professor Krista Svalbonas’ pieces was chosen to be part of the permanent collection at 1820 Liacouras Walk at Temple’s University’s Fox School of Business.  Dean Ronald Anderson made the following comments at the opening reception. “There are 43 different artists that Dennis Alter and Susanna Gold, our curator, have displayed in this building.  […]

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Telemundo coverage of an artist Ada Trillo lecture/exhibition in Merion Hall

“If Walls Could Speak”, an exhibit displayed in Merion Hall during the month of October, that also featured Immigration and Social Justice Lecture on October 1st was recently covered by the Telemundo media. Click here for further details.      

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Art History Major Rowan Sullivan accepted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society

Alpha Sigma Nu icon

Current art history major Rowan Sullivan ’21 has recently been accepted into the prestigious Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society. Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service. The only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, ΑΣΝ encourages its […]

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Importance of voting emphasized during debate


The departments of political science, history and art collaborated on a project that reenacted a debate between historical figures Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass in Barbelin Hall on Sept. 17. Read more… Liebell also invited Jill Allen, M.F.A., visiting assistant professor of ceramics, to contribute to the project on behalf of the art department. […]

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Student Project Shines Light on Latin American Art

In 1995, Saint Joseph’s University acquired about 30 pieces of pre-Colombian Latin American pottery. For the last 24 years, those pieces have been sitting in the basement of the Francis A. Drexel Library. Collin Petersen, a junior philosophy major, is hoping to make sure these pieces are properly explored with his Summer Scholars research project. […]

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Senior Art History Majors, Faith Belcuore and Sophia Terry present their research findings surrounding art and science.

Professor Marta Sanchez speaks about her heritage growing up in San Antonio, Texas and how that has shaped her journey as an artist.


On October 17th, ​Saint Joseph's University Galleries and Art Department​ will host ​Stories Beyond Borders​. The program features five short films that show a more complete picture of the attacks on immigrant families and communities. Beyond building empathy, these films lift up real stories of resilience and strength, while illustrating some of the ways people can give their time, energy, and resources to support organizing led by immigrant communities. This free event will also include a discussion with fi​lmmaker ​Almudena Toral​, who created ​The Legacy of the Zero Tolerance Policy​, photographer ​Ada Trillo​, who has recently opened an exhibit at Saint Joseph's University called ​If Walls Could Speak​, Sara Zia Ebrahimi with ​Working Films​ and Erika Nunez with Juntos Philadelphia.  The event begins at 5pm in the Cardinal Foley Campus Center.

Gravy Studio & Gallery is proud to present Now Serving ; a series of photographic works by Dylan Eddinger (Saint Joseph's University class of 2019). This is the artists first solo show both at the gallery and in Philadelphia. In this series, titled Ocean Plastics, Eddinger chose to creatively raise awareness to the stifling growing number of plastic and trash in our oceans. If ocean pollution continues to worsen, there will be more pieces of trash than fish by 2050. Currently, there are approximately 5.25 trillion tons of plastic debris in the ocean; plastic bags, straws, cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans. By using the visual aesthetic of commercial food photography and replacing the seafood with ocean trash, there is a deliberate aesthetic choice of using commercial product photography to bring attention to how this issue not only affects those who eat seafood, but also the world as a whole. In Eddinger’s own words, “I love working with photography as a medium because everything in front of the lens physically exists,” he says. “The subjects or landscapes I work with are very real, much like the issues plaguing our lives, which many people tend to ignore or neglect. I think when you display to any issue in a visual format, suddenly it appears more apparent and can hopefully inspire others to think differently.”

Philadelphia Inquirer article on a recent collaborative public art project by adjunct professor, Marta Sanchez, MFA:


SJU art major accepted into the US Attorney's Office Internship Program (Summer 2019):

Art major, Rowan Sullivan '21, will be interning for the United States Attorney's Office - Eastern District of Pennsylvania during the summer of 2019. The Public Affairs Internship Rowan will complete includes responsibilities such as:
- Curating and archiving press clips, press releases, and media advisories
- Assisting with interviews and press conferences, editing press releases on a variety of topics

During this internship, Rowan will also spend some days shadowing K.T. Newton. He is the Assistant United States Attorney and prosecutor working with the Philadelphia-based FBI Art Crime Team agents, and also prosecutes financial crimes and large scale drug trafficking rings.

Adjunct professor, Kathleen Vaccaro, MFA, exhibits artwork in The Every Woman Biennial in NYC (May 2019). Her work is on view at 222 Bowery until May 29th.

Press on The Every Woman Biennial:

Scattered Pictures Depict 'Shelter' at SJU Gallery
Thursday, February 28, 2019
A new photography installation at the SJU Gallery explores complex emotions through the lens of storm cellars in Oklahoma.


A 'Beautiful Mess' Appears in SJU Gallery

Monday, November 5, 2018
Contemporary artist Ken Karlic refers to his watercolors as “Sophisticated Chaos,” where structured drawing gives way to an expressive painting – a beautiful mess.

Anissa Wilson ’20 on curating and creating art

“Inspired by Susan”

Saying goodbye when you don’t know how

St. Joe’s art department loses faculty member

Up and coming artists

Passion for photography

Barnes gallery named

An artistic Q & A

Why we need the arts

Faith in watercolors 

The “Urban Fabric” of Heidi Nam

An artist’s return to nature

A body of work