Mary M. Griep Griep is a well-known artist based in Northfield, MN where she is a Professor of drawing at St. Olaf College and Associate Dean of Fine Arts. She earned her BA from Macalester College and her MA from Hamline University. She has been artist-in-residence at Payap University in Thailand, Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic, the Anderson Center in Minnesota, the Ucross Foundation, for the city of Salzburg, Austria and at various universities. Her work is in collections throughout the United States, Finland, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, and Hong Kong. The large drawings from the Anastylosis Project (a cross cultural study of sacred spaces) will be exhibited in the Flaten Museum at St. Olaf College fall 2016.

The Anastylosis Project began in 1998 as 100 small drawings of details of Roman ruins and Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals in France and Italy. The intimacy of the details quite literally drew me into a conversation with the buildings, and I became intrigued by the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experience of sacred spaces.

Over the years the intimate drawings have given way to large-scale meditations on the experience of 11th and 12th century CE religious buildings. It was the dawn of the Age of Faith, and in cultures across the globe, beautiful and mysterious monuments rose. To date the Anastylosis Project includes twelve large drawings that can be seen at


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