Beginning September 1st, the Canizaro Library at AMU will be displaying a series of portraits by internationally acclaimed photographer, Michael Collopy. The collection of forty prints is a reflection on women and men who have devoted themselves in service to others. The exhibit, which runs until December 16th—the length of the University’s fall semester—most appropriately opens in the month of Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s canonization.
Collopy worked closely with Mother Teresa and her sisters over the course of many years. He has published a photo-documentary of the sisters’ lives in prayer and service, a painting based on his 1983 portrait of Mother Teresa was chosen as her official sainthood portrait, and his 1987 portrait is featured on the Vatican’s official “Santa Teresa di Calcutta” stamp.
In a statement about the exhibit (the full text of which will be on display), Collopy writes:
“I don’t know if I will ever in my lifetime know anyone as special as Mother. She profoundly touched my life. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her in some way and the many experiences I was blessed to have with her.”
Two portraits of Mother Teresa will be included in the Canizaro Library exhibit, along with portraits of Pope Francis, Nelson Mandela, Neil Armstrong, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, Matt Damon, and Coretta Scott King—to name just a few. The diverse collection of portraits of persons who have given themselves in service is a glimpse into how it is possible for anyone, no matter how humble or grand their beginnings, to make a difference for the good in the world.
“The Humanity of Service: Portraits by Michael Collopy”
September 1st - December 16th, 2016
Ave Maria University Canizaro Library, Second Floor Gallery
For viewing hours, visit the library’s webpage.