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Art Show - Silent Conversations

Offer Valid: 04/22/2022 - 07/08/2022
Now throughJuly 8, 2022
Carolyn McGinley, Director of Communications, 608-836-1631, x119
Landscape and Wildlife Artist Terrill Knaack to Donate Half the Proceeds from his Silent Conversations Art Exhibit to Holy Wisdom Monastery
MIDDLETON, Apr. 27, 2022 – Silent Conversations, an art exhibit featuring the work of nationally renowned landscape and wildlife artist, Terrill Knaack is on display at Holy Wisdom Monastery from April 22 – July 8, 2022.
Terrill is generously donating half of the proceeds from this art exhibit to the sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery and their mission of prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth through a shared way of life.
“We are thrilled, on behalf of the Benedictine Women of Madison, to offer Terrill Knaack’s beautiful art at Holy Wisdom Monastery. His work exemplifies the Benedictine values of beauty, balance, simplicity, contemplation and reverence for creation. And his generosity to the sisters is inspirational.” –Charles McClimans, CEO and Servant Leader
Following graduation from UW-Madison, Terrill was the understudy of famous wildlife artist Owen Gromme, the curator of zoology at the Milwaukee Public Museum, after which Terrill became a full-time professional artist.
The focus of his work is landscape and wildlife art, painted with oil on canvas, as well as photography. Terrill blends his love of nature with his love of the visual arts. Terrill’s paintings have been shown at natural history and fine art museums across the United States, including the Explorer’s Hall National Geographic Society. He has participated in multiple Leigh Yawkey Woodson “Birds in Art” exhibitions. In addition to art, he also carries a deep-rooted passion for caring for the land and serves on the Friends of Wisdom Prairie Council at Holy Wisdom Monastery.
“My paintings are a reflection of my deep love for the natural world. My use of luminous color, light, and brushwork is not only an attempt to show people the beauty of nature but also to give them a glimpse of the spiritual reality and transparency of nature. My work on all levels is an attempt to understand man’s relationship to nature. The essential inquiry is that of trying to reveal the essential elements of an ecological conscience. For me, our last intact natural areas and wilderness are an endless source of inspiration. They are my spiritual home.” –Terrill Knaack, artist

Terrill kicked off the art exhibit opening with a viewing, reception and artist talk, Art, Science and Ecological Conscience on April 22, 2022. At the opening, the Friends of Wisdom Prairie community surprised the sisters by purchasing Terrill’s painting A Prairie Meditation, for the monastery’s permanent collection.
The Benedictine sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery support beauty and the arts by offering three art exhibits, open to the public, each year. The gallery is located in the LEED certified, energy-efficient monastery building, overlooking Lake Mendota in Middleton. Exhibit hours are 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday and all are welcome. We are grateful to our generous sponsors who help make this exhibit possible: Jane Ayer; Jane and Michael Belongie; Christine and Charles Frinak; New Health Chiropractic, Dr. Richard Merrion & Charles McLimans.
Holy Wisdom Monastery is a retreat and meeting center, Benedictine monastery and home to a community of communities, including the Benedictine Women of Madison religious community, in Middleton, WI. The sisters’ mission is to weave prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth into a shared way of life. All are welcome. The monastery, established in 1953, is located on 130 acres of restored prairie and woodland overlooking Lake Mendota. The monastery building was awarded the highest LEED rating in the US for environmental and energy conservation design in 2010. Holy Wisdom Monastery also offers spirituality programs and environmental education throughout the year, prairie restoration volunteer opportunities and Christian prayer and worship services. More information on Holy Wisdom Monastery is available at or by calling 608-836-1631, x119.