Nature's Vortex opens November 1

Nature’s Vortex, an exhibition of color photomontage by Sister Adele Rowland, O.P., will be displayed in Dominican University of California’s San Marco Gallery, located in the Alemany Library, from November 1, 2006 through January 2, 2007.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on November 1 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the San Marco Gallery. Students of Dominican’s museum studies class, guided by art history instructor Sandi Chin, are the assistant curators of the exhibition and co-authors of the accompanying catalog.

Sister Adele’s work has appeared in numerous group shows in the United States, Europe, and Asia, with solo shows in Milan and Beijing. She was awarded the 1998 Fra Angelico Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Art by the Dominican Institute for the Arts. In November 2000, she represented the American Dominican artists at an invitational exhibition in Rome at the Santa Maria sopra Minerva.

Some of the public collections where her art may be found include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, La Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Library of Congress, and China's Nanjing Museum.

Born in Massachusetts, Eugenia Rowland lived on Army posts on the East and West Coasts and in Hawaii. After attending Carnegie Mellon and the University of Hawaii, she received two degrees from the University of Southern California, and was, for a number of years, an English professor at California State University at Fresno. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1949.

Although attracted to religious life from an early age, Sister Adele’s plans to enter the novitiate after college were interrupted by the Second World War. She entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael in 1950.

For more than 25 years, Sister Adele served on the faculty of Dominican College (now Dominican University of California), where she was a professor of English, humanities, and photography. Concurrently, Sister Adele studied photography with Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, and Jerry Uelsmann. In 1975, Sister Adele was appointed Artist in Residence at Dominican.

The gallery is open during the library hours. For information about library hours, please call 415-485-3251.