Portrait of Faith John Paul II in Life and Art

New exhibit opens at the New Orleans Museum of Art tomorrow and runs through June 16, 2013.
NEW ORLEANS, La. – On Friday, March 8 a new exhibit will open at the New Orleans Museum of Art, an exhibit that will stir local memories, feature incredible artwork and photography, and, for some, may speak to their souls. Portrait of Faith John Paul II in Life and Art will feature amazing photographs of Blessed John Paul II’s historic visit 1987 to New Orleans as well as photos, items and original artwork featuring the late pontiff. The exhibit will also feature sacred items from the Archdiocese of New Orleans and beyond. The exhibit will be open from March 8 through June 16, 2013. “Blessed John Paul II was a man of great faith and a great spiritual leader,” said New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond. “But he was also a world leader and impacted people of all faiths and nationalities across the globe. His message of love and peace was and is truly for all.” The exhibit is a partnership of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Scott Peck and RJ Machecek, co-directors of the Museum of Biblical Art, have donated their time and parts of their museum’s collection to help make this possible. “We are so pleased to be partnering with NOMA to host the exhibit,” said Archbishop Aymond. “To be able to host this world-class exhibit that features so much New Orleans history at New Orleans’ world-class museum is an extraordinary blessing for which we are very grateful.” "The New Orleans Museum of Art is delighted to host this exhibition for the people of New Orleans and beyond who have a special connection to John Paul II," said Susan M. Taylor, Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art. "Through this presentation, the Diocese commemorates his historic visit to New Orleans 25 years ago with art, photographs and memorabilia that will be familiar to many New Orleanians." The honorary chairs of the exhibit are Tom and Gayle Benson, Anne Milling and Alden “Doc” Laborde. Both Milling and Laborde were active on the 1987 papal host committee. In keeping with Blessed John Paul II’s legacy of outreach and dialogue with interfaith groups, the honorary hosts of the exhibit represent interfaith clergy and congregations from throughout the New Orleans area. They are Rabbi Edward Cohn of Temple Sinai, Very Reverend Father Maximos Pafilis of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Reverend Ron Unger of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Rev. Ken Babin of St. John Lutheran Church, Pastor Carol Winn Crawford of Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, Pastor Gene Finnell of Munholland United Methodist Church, Rev. Don Frampton of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rabbi Robert Loewy of Congregation Gates of Prayer, Imam Rafeeq Numan of Masjidur-Rahim Mosque, Bishop Archimandrite Grigorios Tatsis, Bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, Bishop Morris Thompson, Episcopal Bishop of Louisiana, and Bishop J.D. Wiley of Life Center Cathedral. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and active military, and $6 for children. Group rates are available. For more information about Portrait of Faith John Paul II in Life and Art, including a list of exhibit items, call 504-658-4100 or toll free at 866-608-4799 or go online to www.JPIIinNOLA.com. Find more information on Facebook at facebook.com/JPIIinNOLA and Twitter, handle @JPIIinNOLA. ### Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans The Archdiocese of New Orleans is home to nearly 500,000 Catholics in the Metropolitan New Orleans area. The archdiocese serves the community through 108 parishes, 84 schools and a variety of social service ministries that serve the needs of the most vulnerable in the community. The archdiocese was established in 1793 and is one of the oldest Catholic dioceses in the United States. For more information go online to www.arch-no.org or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/romancatholicarchdioceseofneworleans. Museum of Biblical Art Established in 1967, named the Museum of Biblical Art in 1999, the MBA, is an art museum in Dallas, Texas that is unlike any museum in the world. It has a simple mission: To display art with a Biblical theme. Nothing of its size exists in the United States, making it a treasure trove for art enthusiasts. Diverse types of art are exhibited including bronze sculpture installations, drawings, fine prints, and oil paintings. Specialized galleries have been created for Biblical Archaeology, Jewish Art, Religious Architecture, Israeli Art, African American Art and Hispanic Art. Find them online at www.biblicalarts.org. About NOMA and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses over 35,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of international art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing temporary exhibitions, are on view in the museum's 46 galleries Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by 62 artists, including several of the 20th century's master sculptors. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available from the front desk. (www.noma.org)

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