Upcoming Events:


7th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition – October 28 through December 2, 2018

Eric’s painting Return has been chosen for the 7th Nationwide Juried Arts Exhibition at St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College In Latrobe, PA  by art juror Dr. Elizabeth Lev Ph. D.

Dr. Lev will give a lecture Catholic Art of the Modern Age: New Images for an Ancient Story Sunday October 28 at 2:00 pm. The Opening Reception is 3:00-6:00 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Since its inception, the Competition and Exhibition has received national attention and has blossomed with global interest, spurring submissions and artworks for exhibition from South America to all across Europe. The competition has worked to foster a relationship between artists working in the Catholic Arts

Elizabeth Lev, Ph.D., is an American-born art historian who specializes in Christian art and architecture, Baroque painting and sculpture, and High Renaissance art. She is a Professor of Art and Architecture for the Italian campuses of Christendom College and Duquesne University, and a licensed guide for the city of Rome and the Vatican Museums. Dr. Lev holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Bologna. She has served as a Vatican analyst for NBC and has appeared on The Today Show, Nightline, and 60 Minutes. Dr. Lev has taught and lectured in numerous international venues including an address at the United Nations in New York entitled, “An Evening with Raphael: Raphael’s Art and Human Dignity,” and a TED talk representing the Vatican Museums entitled, “The Unheard Story of the Sistine Chapel.”  Dr. Lev She is the author of three books: The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de’ Medici (Mariner Books, 2012), Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches with George Weigel (Basic Books, 2013), A Body for Glory: Theology of the Body in the Papal Collections with Fr. Jose Granados (Musei Vaticani Publications, 2017), and How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art (Sophia Institute Press, 2018).



FaithfulArt exhibition during ART-A-WHIRL® weekend – May 18-20, 2018

This Pentecost, we can celebrate the season with artists, live music, and ethnic food at the FaithfulArt exhibition during the ART-A-WHIRL® weekend  at St. Clement Catholic Church in Northeast Minneapolis.  St. Clement is one of four Holy Cross campuses in the Northeast Minneapolis Catholic Community.  It offers extraordinary stained glass windows that you can tour during the weekend.

FaithfulArt was founded by Renee Hickman, her husband Jon, and Eric Bjorlin.

St. Clements Catholic Church is located at 901 24th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418.



Renee Hickman — Cross-making art evangelist of HandmaidArt

Jon Hickman — Photography

Eric Bjorlin —Painting, drawing, and printmaking.  Eric’s NEMAA Public Profile Page

Lucienne Schroepfer — Quilts

Anne Marie Klobe — Jewelry

Mary Henseler — Jewelry

Courtney O’Leary — Jewelry

Fr. Paul Kammen — Photography

Tre’ Hagg — Photography

Kathy Rennie — Cloisonne rosaries



Chris Kasen  — Jazz

Nate Reinhardt  — Vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist. Also from the band Sonar. Nate’s new album is The Marriage of the Lamb.

Luke Spehar  — Vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist.   Luke was featured in an article in The Catholic Spirit on March 2. His new album is The Pilgrim.

Joe Macko  — Accordion



Chef Lucas — He was chosen as the Minnesota Vikings Hometown Hero.  You may have seen him cooking on The Rachel Ray Show, or on the NBC Nightly News.  There is an inspirational story behind the generous heart of 15 year-old cancer survivor Lucas Hobbs and  Chef Lucas Foods


Schedule of FaithfulArt  at St. Clement events:

Friday, May 18

5:00 – 10:00    Official ART-A-WHIRL® hours

7:30 -9:30       Chris Kasen providing background jazz music in the basement

5:00 – 10:00    Pretzels, Polish beer, and refreshments

Saturday, May 19

Noon – 8:00    Official ART-A-WHIRL® hours

11:30 – 3:00   Global walking tacos available from Chef Lucas Foods

1:00-3:00       Joe Macko on accordion outside

Later               Polish food, fried perogies, Polish beer

7:00 – 9:00     Live concert in church above — Nate Reinhardt lead in.  Luke Spehar to follow

8:00 – 10:00   Bonus hours for concert-goers to view and shop for art

Sunday, May 20

Noon – 5:00    Official ART-A-WHIRL® hours

11:30 – 3:30   El Taco Riendo food truck outside

12:30 – 2:30   Joe Macko on accordion outside


ART-A-WHIRL® is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis showcasing the work
of NEMAA members. ART-A-WHIRL® is a federally-registered trademark of