Past Programs + Events

September 9, 2017

Opening Reception
Daniel Melo: Making Out Who’s Seeing You

June 2, 2017

Opening Reception: The Abstract Sublime

November 20th 2016

Lecture and Discussion with Brother Keith Warner, OFM
Moral Artistry and Beauty in Laudato Si’

A lecture and discussion with Brother Keith Warner, OFM titled Moral Artistry and Beauty in Laudato Si’. The talk focused on Pope Francis’ second encyclical Laudato Si’ is a worldwide wake up call to help humanity understand the destruction that man is rendering to the environment and his fellow man. Warner discussed the beauty in this text, and how we can apply the call to care for a common home.

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October 30th 2016

Opening Reception
Vessels of Memory: Earth Sounds in the Work of Arturo Araujo, SJ

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APRIL 22nd – 24th 2016

An International Symposium:
Reimagining the Globe and Cultural Exchange: From the World Maps of Ricci and Verbiest to Google Earth


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April 22nd and 25th 2016

Concert:  Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music
Presented by ¡Sacabuche! Ensemble and the USF Ricci Institute
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THURSDAY, APRIL 14th 2016

Curators in Conversation: On the making of Adjacent Shores and Mapping ‘The East’

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30th 2016

Lecture and Opening Reception for Mapping “The East”: Envisioning Asia in the Age of Exploration

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25th 2016

“Nicole Ahland: An Interchange for Art and Religion”

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2016

Nearing the Clearing: A Panel Discussion on the Work of Nicole Ahland
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19th

Tour with USF Art Appreciation Class

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st 2015, 12 PM

A Long Night’s Journey Opening Reception

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st 2015, 10:45 AM

Artist Lecture and Discussion: The Eye of Ahland

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th 2015

Artist soiree, hosted by Joan Hilton

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SUNDAY, MAY 17TH, 2015, 10:45AM

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A Panel Discussion on the Art of Inter-Religious Dialogue

THURSDAY, MAY 14TH, 2015, 7PM
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THURSDAY, APRIL 24TH, 2015
Under Cover School Tour
6th Grade Gallery Tour
Under Cover: Liturgical Garb as Investment in Mystery

SUNDAY, MARCH 22ND, 2015 12:30PM
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Gallery Walk-through with Co-Curator Maureen Bourbin

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11TH, 2015
Friends of the Gallery Meet Up
12:15pm to approximately 1:15pm

Location: Gallery reception area, inside St. Ignatius Church.
Join us for lively discussion to share ways that the gallery can best integrate itself with the church and the larger community. We welcome ideas or proposals for events and activities that will enrich and support creative, spiritual development.
Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, November 23, 2014 | FREE LECTURE | 10:50 am
“Recoding Sacred Objects: Manresa Gallery at the Crossroads”
Xavier Hall (just north of/behind St. Ignatius Church).

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Join Manresa Gallery for a lecture exploring the topic of art and spirituality. Gallery Director, Fr. Jim Blaettler will give a talk about the current Parish Centennial themed gallery exhibition, Partial Views: Recoding Sacred Objects, in conversation with some participating artists. They will discuss how the show relates to the history of the Saint Ignatius Church and its role celebrating creativity and beauty in the arts. This event is part of the ongoing Adult Faith Formation series, and is open to the public. It is free to attend and all are welcome.

Saturday, July 26th, 2014 | 1pm

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Meditations with Ali Naschke-Messing


Omar Mismar
Reverberations of Stone: Muted
Taraneh Hemami’s Curated Performance Series
May 30, 2014


Cara Levine and Jennifer Kaufman
The Eye Never Gets Enough of Seeing, The Ear, Never Enough Hearing: Jewish concepts on the end of life
May 21, 2014

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Wafaa Yasin
Occupied – Inhabited – By the Same Geometric Form – Shape
Taraneh Hemami’s Curated Performance Series
May 4, 2014


Ali Naschke-Messing – Full Moon Meditations


Lynn Marie Kirby – Skype Conversations

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Death Over Dinner with Mel Day – April 25, 2014


Taraneh Hemami’s Curated Performance Series – Amitis Motevalli – “I Speak of Shards and Pebbles”


School Tours: Urban High School, CCA, & USF


Manresa Gallery Thank You Dinner – March 2014

Dialogue Dinner with USF – October 2013



PANEL DISCUSSION for Dialoguing with Sacred Texts



Finger Labyrinth Making Workshop


The Nomadic Labyrinth
The Nomadic Labyrinth: Installation & Blessing


Spiritual Practices: Meditations on Faith
Spiritual Practices: A Panel Discussion


When God Created: Biblical Images by African American Artists
Africanizing Christian Art


Mirroring the Saints: The Jesuit Wierix Collection from De Krijtberg, Amsterdam
Engravings for Jesuits


The Spirit Within: Creation, Community and Renewal in Indigenous Art
Curator’s Discussion
Curator + Artist Led Tour


Remembering 9/11
Public Projection + Interfaith Service 


From Kino to Serra: Jesuit & Franciscan Missions
Father Kino: Missionary and Brother
This Old Church: Preservation & Conservation of California’s Mission Heritage


Sacred Synergies: Works by Tobi Kahn
The Art of Meditation: A Four Part Series of Zen Buddhist Meditation Sittings


Interfaith Art Connection


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In Conversation: Andrew More O’Conner and Eleanor Dickinson
In Conversation: Eleanor Dickinson and Daniel Goldstein


The Arts of Java and Bali: Objects of Belief, Ritual and Performance
The Hindu-Christian Dialogue


The Icon & the Iconic
Fr. Stephen Meholick, Blagovest Bell Pealing and St. John of San Francisco Men’s Chorale + The Use of the Icon in Devotion
A Contemporary Look at Traditional Icons


On Site/Insight
Inaugural Dedication 

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