Film Project

Quest for Beauty: The Life and Art of William Schickel

Quest for Beauty is an ecumenical film documentary that focuses on the life and prolific art career of William Schickel who was a prominent 20th century Catholic artists. Schickel had a very prolific art career spanning sixty-plus years; he produced a large body of mostly commissioned work in painting, sculpture, stained glass, and architectural design.

He is most well-known for his renovation of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where he worked personally with Thomas  Merton. His works can be found in numerous private collections and museums, including the Vatican Museum. Through interviews with family, friends, and art historians, the film will explore his Quest for Beauty and his heart for ecumenical work.

One of the major purposes and objectives of the film is to promote unity in the body of Christ by producing an ecumenical film on the power of art to bring Catholics and Protestants together.  The film explores his Quest for Beauty and the challenges he faced, and his vision for the church and his heart for ecumenical work.

The film will be shown in churches and on campuses across the United States. Each film premier will be followed by a panel discussion and will be accompanied by a travelling exhibition of Schickel’s artwork making it an interactive experience for participants.

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