September 25

Unexamined Art of Tiffany at Museum of Biblical Art

By 1880, Louis C. Tiffany was an established interior designer and manufacturer of stained glass windows and fine objects for the home.  In 1889, he created an ecclesiastical division as America was seeing a boom in new congregations.  Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion, opening on October 12, 2012 at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) in New York City, will be the first exhibition to examine Tiffany’s work for America’s congregations, including majestic stained glass windows not seen publicly in decades.

For more information, please see the attached press release and public programming document.

July 24

Patricia C. Pongracz Appointed Acting Executive Director of Museum of Biblical Art

The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) formally announces the appointment of Patricia C. Pongracz as Acting Executive Director.  For further details, you may read the latest press release here.

June 22

MOBIA Founding Director, Dr. Ena Heller, to Resign Effective June 30

Dr. Ena Heller has resigned as Executive Director after 15 successful years at the helm of the Museum of Biblical Art. MOBIA Board Chair, Roberta Green Ahmanson, has issued the following statement to MOBIA’s supporters and friends:


16 June 2012

Dear MOBIA supporters and friends,

It was with sorrow and understanding that the Board of the Museum of Biblical Art accepted the resignation of its Founding Executive Director, Dr. Ena Heller, on May 7, effective June 30.

In just 15 years, Dr. Heller took an idea that many culture-watchers thought would never succeed and turned it into a world-class museum whose shows the Times regularly reviews with seriousness and praise. The Wall Street Journal reached the same conclusion, as have radio and television broadcasters and many blogs.

Not only did Dr. Heller’s work win media praise but also it won the respect of her museum peers. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., to the University of Virginia Art Museum, the National Gallery in London, the British Museum, and many more, directors and curators have praised MOBIA’s exhibitions.

In 2010, the American Academy of Religion recognized Dr. Heller’s achievement with its prestigious Religion and the Arts Award, which is “presented annually to an artist, performer, critic, curator, or scholar who has made a recent significant contribution to the understanding of the relations among the arts and religions, both for the academy and for a broader public.”

Dr. Heller’s scholarship includes editing and contributing to the volumes Perspectives on Medieval Art: Learning through Looking (2009) and Reluctant Partners: Art and Religion in Dialogue (2004) as well as the exhibition catalogs Tobi Kahn: Sacred Spaces for the 21st Century (2009) and Icons or Portraits? Images of Jesus and Mary from the Collection of Michael Hall (2001).

Dr. Heller has been named the Bruce A. Beal Director of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, Winter Park/Orlando, Florida. At MOBIA, Dr. Heller will become Executive Director Emerita.

The MOBIA board and staff are committed to building on Dr. Heller’s outstanding legacy. We look forward to working with her in a new capacity for many years to come.

Roberta Green Ahmanson, Chair
Museum of Biblical Art

Read the press release for more on Dr. Heller's resignation.

June 12

Watch Recording of Not by Bread Alone: Why Beauty is Not a Luxury But a Human Necessity, from 6/12

Watch our lecture Not by Bread Alone: Why Beauty is Not a Luxury but a Human Necessity on youtube.

May 03

Soldiers’ Bibles Exhibit Featured in Huffington Post Religion

Chris Herlinger reports on Finding Comfort in Difficult Times, MOBIA's exhibit of Soldiers' Bibles, in today's Huffington Post Religion. The show is on view now through May 20.

April 20

Our Soldiers’ Bibles Exhibit is Featured in The Boston Pilot

Finding Comfort in Difficult Times: A Selection of Soldiers' Bibles featured in The Boston Pilot, America's oldest Catholic newspaper. Click here to read the full article.

April 16

Hildreth Meière Altarpiece Among Fox News Highlights

Fox News' Lauren Green visits MOBIA for her story on Thomas Jefferson's Bible. Check out Hildreth Meière's altarpiece for St. John's Grace Episcopal Church, and other mosaic designs, starting at the 2:25 mark. There's also a nice close up of an image from our Doré Bible at 2:53. Visit Fox News to see the video in its entirety.

April 16

The Classicist Blog Highlights Hildreth Meière and Walls Speak

Hildreth Meière is the focus of a post on The Institute of Classical Art & Architecture's Classicist Blog.

March 27

Soldiers’ Bibles featured on New York 1 News

Curator Liana Lupas and Col. Jim Puchy talk to New York 1 News reporter Shazia Khan about the Bibles on exhibit in Finding Comfort in Difficult Times. Click here to watch.

February 01

Special Collection of Soldiers’ Bibles the Subject of New Exhibition at MOBIA

Finding Comfort in Difficult Times: A Selection of Soldiers’ Bibles features 36 extraordinary Bibles published for enlisted servicemen over the past 150 years. The exhibit opens to the public on February 3, 2012. Read the press release (PDF) for more information on this fascinating show.

January 30

Read about “prolific” Art Deco artist Hildreth Meière in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Read the Wall Street Journal’s terrific profile of Art Deco artist Hildreth Meière, the subject of our new exhibition Walls Speak, opening to the public this Friday, February 3rd.

January 11

Coming Up @ MOBIA: Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière

This exhibition presents the liturgical work of Hildreth Meière (1892-1961), who was one of the best known and most prolific Art Deco muralists of the twentieth century. Read the press release (PDF) for more information on this fascinating exhibition.


December 08

Museum of Biblical Art Launches Year-End Giving Challenge

Read a letter (PDF) from MOBIA Executive Director, Dr. Ena Heller, for more information on how you can help support our mission and extend MOBIA’s impact into 2012 and beyond.

November 17

NEA Grant to Fund African-American Biblical Imagery Exhibit at MOBIA

MOBIA is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $21,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the exhibition Ashe to Amen: African-Americans and Biblical Imagery. Set to debut during African-American History Month, in February 2013, the exhibit will feature artists who have been inspired by the biblical narrative and will highlight art forms of the spoken, poetic and sung word. For more information, read the press release (PDF) on the announcement.

October 21

The Book of Life Exhibit Debuts October 28, 2011

Family Bibles of the 18th & 19th centuries the subject of the next rare Bible exhibition at MOBIA. Read the press release for more information.
The Book of Life: Family Bibles in America the focus of a new exhibit of rare scriptures at MOBIA. Click here to read the press release.

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