Collector Talk | Stephen J.M. Palmer Exhibit

Mount Mercy University's Janalyn Hanson White Gallery will display the works from the collection of Paula and Tom Van Deest during a special exhibit, "The Obsessive Visionary Art of Stephen J.M. Palmer and the Sacrificial Love Society." The exhibit, free and open to the public, runs October 12 – November 9. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 4- 6 p.m. A collector talk will be held on Friday, October 12, at 5:00 p.m. in Lundy Hall, Lundy 3, to celebrate the opening of this exhibit on campus.

Stephen J.M. Palmer died in 1965 at the age of 83. He was a bedridden and wheelchair-bound religious visionary who spent evenings with followersStephen Palmer Exhibit gathered around his bed in order to share prayer and visionary perspectives. In 1954, at the age of 72, he began to experiment with religious drawings with complicated, symmetrical borders. These rudimentary drawings evolved into complex ink and gouache paintings he obsessively completed over the next 11 years. The output of this undertaking resulted in roughly 400 works of art that were discovered at an auction in Wisconsin in 2005.


The Janalyn Hanson White Gallery is open:
Monday – Friday | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Viewings outside of normal business hours can be arranged by checking out a gallery key from the University Center Information Desk, or by calling 319-363-8213. 

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