About Us


The Catholic Art Guild is an arts organization working to restore a culture of truth, beauty, and goodness. We empower artists to use their gifts to glorify God and captivate souls through beauty.


The Catholic Art Guild recognizes the essential need for beauty to elevate our senses and illuminate our souls. We believe that churches, as images of Heaven on earth, should be adorned and designed by artists and architects pursuing the utmost excellence in their craft.


Our mission is implemented through diverse educational programming, community building, and, all-importantly, the prayers of the faithful and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.


The Catholic Art Guild hosts the top scholars, artists, architects, philosophers, and theologians of our day for educational events. Through our speaker series, workshops in traditional art-making techniques, and our annual conference, we provide preeminent education, resources, and inspiration to all those interested in the elevation of the visual arts.

Great art is made, and culture is changed through community; with this in mind, our events foster dialogue and provide networking opportunities for professionals and aspiring professionals alike.

Today our cultural heritage of beauty is threatened. Within academia, in major art institutions, in our culture at large, and regrettably, within the Church itself, traditional standards of beauty are often seen as irrelevant or are directly attacked. The Catholic Art Institute offers a community of mutual support to those working to uphold the value of beauty and revivify the arts.  
 
If you would like to help with our mission or participate in a community focused on restoring beauty to the culture and Catholic arts, please consider joining us by becoming a patron or member.



Our Founding: Vision, Inspiration, Restoration

The Catholic Church has always seen art as an integral part of its liturgical worship and recognized the power of Beauty in evangelization. The visual arts flow from the wellspring of the Sacred Liturgy, and both the Church and her artists flourish when this is understood and embraced.

Father C. Frank Phillips, C.R., founder of the Canons Regular of St. of St. John Cantius, recognized the power of the liturgy to evangelize through the sacred arts. “We have had many organizations that enliven our vibrant parish, particularly in sacred music, liturgy, catechesis, youth and young adult ministry. It was time to establish a program for the visual arts, the training of artists and the restoration of beauty in the culture,” says Fr. Phillips.

Kathleen Carr, an award-winning, classically trained painter, illustrator, and designer approached Fr. Phillips with her inspiration: “We want to bring together artists and the Church as partners to proclaim the Gospel to all who enter our doors and hear our message. I was inspired by the Catholic vision that all art flows from the altar. It seemed natural to form an artist guild with the support of a religious community that lives and breathes the liturgy.”

The Catholic Art Guild was established in 2014 and has grown into a vibrant community hosting many inspiring events. God willing we will continue to grow and flourish but we need your help and support. Please consider becoming a member!


 

The beautiful altar of Our Lady at St. John Cantius.
The Drake Hotel,  venue for the annual Catholic Art Guild conference which brings together the top artists, architectures, philosophers, and theologians, for day of education presentations, networking, and fellowship.
We offer workshops in classical art making techniques
High altar at St. John Cantius, the "spirtitual home" of the Catholic Art Guild. St. John Cantius is known for their beautiful and reverent liturgies.
Our Partners
Since the mid 1800’s, the Daprato Rigali name has been synonymous with the finest art in the world. For over 155 years, the dialogue between our artists and building owners has resulted in awe-inspiring pieces of art designed to enhance the architectural, liturgical, devotional, and contemplative life of thousands of buildings and their communities. Five generations of Rigalis have and continue to lead the industry, and they will be using this depth of knowledge to support the Catholic Art Guild by hosting a workshops in stained glass fabrication.

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