Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas renovation co-designer, Alexander Tylevich, honored with visual art award

Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas renovation co-designer Alexander Tylevich honored with visual art award

The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art & Architecture has honored Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas renovation co-designer and internationally known artist and sculptor Alexander Tylevich with a Merit Award in its 2008 annual Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art and Architecture.

Tylevich received the award in the Religious Arts –Visual Arts category for his sculpture, “The Bronze Gates of the Evangelists,” which stands in the chapel's sanctuary directly behind the altar and beneath the crucifix, both also designed by Tylevich.

Five jury members pored over nearly 200 entries and chose Tylevich’s sanctuary gates, which feature sculptures in bronze high relief of the four evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as one of 21 projects to receive commendation.

The gates also received the “Best of Show” award from Ministry & Liturgy magazine’s Visual Arts Awards Sacred Art competition and were featured on the publication’s September 2008 cover.

Tylevich, with Father James Notebaart, a noted liturgical designer of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, designed the extensive renovations for the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the University of St. Thomas’s St. Paul campus, which took place Jan. through Feb. last year.

Tylevich and Notebaart also designed the St. Thomas More Chapel at the School of Law building on the university's Minneapolis campus in 2005. That chapel won four national awards, including Faith & Form Magazine's 2006 Religious Architecture Award for liturgical interior design and its 2006 Religious Art Award for the artistic design of a set of internal bronze doors.

Read more about the awards and other award recipients here.