BiographyBlanche Marie Gallagher, BVM, was born Patricia Mary Jane Gallagher in Waverly, IA, August 28, 1922. She entered the order of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) on September 8, 1944. After graduating from Mundelein College in 1944, she earned an MFA degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 1956. She did graduate work at the University of Colorado, the University of Iowa, the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice, Italy, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.
Sr. Blanche Marie joined the faculty at Mundelein College in 1955 ending her career there in 1991 as professor and chair of the Art Department. She also taught at the Gesu School in Milwaukee and Xavier High School in St Louis. She was the co-founder of the Graduate Institute of Creation Spirituality in 1978 and taught at the Institute until 1983. She taught later at the Holy Name College in Oakland, CA, and Loyola University, Chicago where she was appointed to the position of Professor of Pastoral Studies. Sr. Blanche Marie’s papers from 1971-1996 are in the Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola University Chicago.
During her career, Sr. Blanche Marie received numerous awards and grants recognizing her art. She traveled on several study tours to places such as India, Nepal, Burma and Sri Lanka as well as Mexico, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand. She also toured Europe extensively. Exhibits of her work have been varied. She has delivered lectures and workshops at colleges, universities and retreat centers on subjects such as art, spirituality, and Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). Teilhard de Chardin has been an important part of her art and scholarly work, culminating in writing her book, Meditations with Teilhard de Chardin (1988). She was profiled in an issue of the quarterly publication, The Teilhard Review in 1976.
The painting in the Fine Arts Collection by Sr. Blanche Marie was purchased by President Emeritus E.D.
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“Sister’s Art is Colored with Spirituality.” Lerner “News Star” Chicago. October 9-10, 1990