Center announces art contest winners

MAPLEWOOD — The Benedictine Center announced three winners Jan. 30 in its juried art competition called “Seeing God.” The winners shared a $375 purse.

First place went to Karen Kurka Jensen from Shoreview, whose Sumi-e ink on Asian paper is an abstract called “Wash My Spirit Clean.”

Second place was Rita Corrigan from Rosemount. She submitted an abstract painting called “Resurrection” which is rendered in soft pastels on Stonehenge paper.

Third place was Robyn Sand Anderson from New Ulm, who submitted “Perception,” an abstract acrylic painted on watercolor paper.

According to center Director Sam Rahberg, this juried competition attracted almost 50 local artists whose works were “diverse and inspiring.”

“It was apparent each person thought deeply about the art they create and were able to communicate their sense of wonder in seeing the world,” he said.
Rahberg said this competition complements the Centers “Art and Spirituality” program honoring local artists who expand our understanding of God.

The free “Seeing God” exhibit runs until March 15 and is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in St. Paul’s Monastery. The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Benet Road in Maplewood.