WASHINGTON, DC — Last month, the artwork of St. Bonaventure University (SBU) Assistant Professor David Haack debuted in a special exhibition at Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C.
The exhibit, “Visuale Ricordanza di Francesco: Paintings by Br. David Haack,” was launched July 18 with an art reception. The show runs through Sept. 14.
David, who teaches visual arts at SBU, is no newcomer to art exhibition. He has painted commissioned works for the Curia Generalizia dei Frati Minori in Rome, Italy; Mt. Alverna Novitiate in Asumbi, Kenya; St. Bonaventure Friary, New York; Georgia Tech. University, Atlanta; and Holy Name Province, New York City. His works are also in private collections around the world.
He has exhibited in a solo exhibition at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and has often been shown at SBU and Siena College. David said he still enjoys painting St. Francis and always finds a fresh way to interpret this amazing man.
“As wisdom, spirituality and maturity may cause change in interpretations of universal truths, for this Franciscan artist, understanding of the saint known as Francis of Assisi in color, shape and space remain the constant vehicle for self-revelation,” he said.
Geometric Construction, Sketches in Graphite
“Geometric construction underlies all of the compositions, overlaid with uncomplicated sketches of the figure/object in graphite,” he added.
Since 1998, David has been an assistant professor of visual arts at SBU. He teaches art history courses such as Ancient Civilizations, Renaissance through Romanticism, Women in Art: Past and Present, and Introduction to Art, as well as studio courses entitled Senior Exhibition and Seminar, Drawing I and II, Two-Dimensional Design, Clare core curriculum, Arts and Literature.
During the summer, he teaches two Franciscan Art History courses, Franciscan Paintings: Part 1, from 1223 to 1517; and Part 2, from 1517 to the Present; and a Franciscan Studio Painting course in the Graduate School of the Franciscan Institute.
His dissertation was published in 1999, entitled “Content and Controversy in Choir and Convent Images of Francis of Assisi, 1300 – 1450.”
History of the Artist
David began his college education as a musician and evolved into an art historian/artist. He holds a doctorate in humanities/art history and a M. Phil. from Syracuse University. He did his doctoral dissertation research in Northern and Central Italy. He also holds a master of fine arts degree in painting/art history from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and a B.S. degree from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He has been a host/lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, presenting a program entitled “Selected Sacred/Franciscan paintings of the 13th, 14th, 15th centuries” from the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Other lectures include “Franciscan Art through the Ages: A Collage of Francis’ Thought through Art;” “Content and Controversy: Paintings of Francis of Assisi, 13th and 14th centuries;” “Images of Francis, 13th-18th centuries;” and “Spanish Art, Renaissance to the turn of the 20th century.”