American Academy of the Sacred Arts

“Schools or academies of sacred art should be founded in those parts of the world where they would be useful, so that artists and craftsman may be trained.”

Sacrosanctum Concilium, Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, Article 127

Opening of the AASA’s Art Gallery

Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27, 2018
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. each day
(Admission is free. No reservations needed.)


1629 Porter Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Come enjoy artwork submitted by sacred artists throughout the United States and other masterful works from artists around the world. Most of the pieces will be available for sale (through a silent auction that will be conducted throughout the event), but feel free just to enjoy the art and learn about the AASA and its foundress, Sr. M. Paula Beierschmitt, IHM (1941-2013).

At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Fr. Michael J. Cerrone, author of For God and Country: The Heroic Life and Martyrdom of St. Joan of Arc, will give a presentation on how St. Joan of Arc has been portrayed by artists over the centuries. Space is limited, so arrive early.

Glorifying God by Elevating the Talents of Sacred Artists.

The American Academy of the Sacred Arts was founded in 1993 by Sr. M. Paula Beierschmitt, I.H.M. as America’s first academy of sacred art. It was inspired by Saint John Paul II’s call (in his “Letter to Artists”) that artists in every genre and with every medium use their gifts to glorify God and inspire the human family.


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Inspired by the Blessed Mother, Pope Francis prays before a sculpture of Our Lady of Guadalupe, commissioned by the American Academy of the Sacred Arts.

“The Holy Father wanted to honor the Blessed Mother before he vested for Mass on Saturday at the Cathedral. His assistants brought with them a bouquet of roses. After the Holy Father entered the Basilica, I was asked to direct him to a shrine of Our Lady and so I lead him to the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He placed the flowers before the statue and we prayed for a few moments asking the help of our Blessed Mother. I especially remembered Sr. Mary Paula.”

– Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill,
Director of the Office of Divine Worship, Archdiocese of Philadelphia


Upcoming Events

Exhibition and Sale of the Works of Internationally Acclaimed Artist
Niko Chocheli

Saturday, Feb. 23, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Presentation by the artist at 2:00 p.m.
Admission is free, but space is limited.
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There has never been a greater need for sacred artists than the present era. Help support the work of AASA, serving sacred artists and patrons for the greater glory of God.

“Art is a vehicle for expressing the infinite beauty of God.”

- Sr. Paula