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Clarke Exhibit Features Works of Saint John’s Bible

posted on November 3, 2009

Clarke College will host an exhibit of selections from the Saint John’s Bible now through Sunday, December 6, in the Quigley Gallery on the Clarke campus. A reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday, November 8, from 3-5 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit and reception are free and the public is invited to attend.

In 2007, Clarke received a limited Heritage Edition of the Bible from an anonymous donor. This limited edition, which is a re-creation of the original handwritten and illustrated Saint John’s Bible, is one of only 360 that will be created. Clarke currently has two of the seven volumes of the book.

The exhibit at Clarke will feature the college’s two volumes as well as illuminations from upcoming Heritage Edition volumes. These new illuminations have never been exhibited before.

The original Saint John’s Bible was created by renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, He approached the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s College and Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, with his life-long dream: to create the first handwritten, illuminated bible commissioned since the invention of the printing press.  This edition uses ancient materials and techniques to create a contemporary masterpiece that brings the Word of God to life for the contemporary world.

Jackson’s original Saint John’s Bible was officially commissioned in 1998. The original, costing approximately $4.5 million to produce, uses the text of the New Revised Standard Version.

The Quigley Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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