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SDCO Workshop - The Divine in Art and Religion: Exploring Santos, A Sacred New Mexican Art Form

  • August 17, 2017
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Dayton Memorial Library, Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 80221
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In continuing Spiritual Direction Colorado’s series on The Divine in Art and Religion, we will visit Regis University’s Santos collection.

  • 'Santos' (Spanish for 'Saints') are a religious art form developed in colonial Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
  • This tradition began in the 18th Century and continues to today.
  • In this distinctive tradition, Santos are created in the form of retablos (paintings on wood panels), or bultos (carved wooden statues) that depict various saints, Marian titles, angels, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity.
  • Pine or cottonwood and pigments from natural materials are used in the crafting of the religious art.
  • Santos are used in prayer devotions to the saints, based on an understanding and belief in the role of saints as intercessors to God. New Mexican santero Charles Carrillo writes, "An old dicho, or saying, from New Mexico states, 'A cada santo se llega su funcion' - 'there is a saint for each day.' Consequently, we believe there is a saint for all needs or situations." 

Guide & Presenter:
Tom Riedel, Research and Instruction Service Librarian, Associate Professor and Curator of Regis’ Santo Collection will be our tour guide. Tom joined the Regis library faculty as Distance Services Librarian in 1999, and became Curator of the Regis University Santo Collection in 2010. His education includes a B.A. in Art History from the University of Colorado at Denver, an M.A. in Art History, from the University of Colorado, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Texas.

Cost for this Continuing Education Workshop: $25.

This event will be held in the Dayton Memorial Library on the campus of Regis University. Please consult this map to view the location of the library (which is marked as building V):

The library is closest to parking lots 2 & 3 (South). Please note that there is a charge ($5) for parking on the Regis University Campus. There are kiosks in the lots where you enter your license plate number and pay (credit card or exact cash). There is also limited free 2-hour street parking on Lowell south of 50th, and on 50th west of Lowell. Neighborhood parking is otherwise pretty restricted to residents.

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