The Art of Brother Mel- Opening Friday, March 23rd




The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is pleased to host: Providential Journey: The Art of Brother Mel.

Please join us for the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23.

A Marianist brother since 1949, “Brother Mel,” as he is affectionately known, has lived in the St. Louis Catholic community for more than 60 years, and has enjoyed success as a modern artist for more than 50 years.

Brother Mel’s art captures a decidedly modern whimsy that comes through in a variety of sculptures, paintings and frescos. His creations bring a sense of devotion, joy and wonder. His understanding, vision and humor have enriched our lives, while his character has brought us authentic talent mixed with a palette of hope and a legacy of inspiration. Brother Mel has fulfilled his goal to create art in a host of media ― everything from metal and stone, to watercolor and acrylics, to fresco and handmade paper.

Several of his pieces are already familiar to those in the SLU community. Located in the Ellen Clark Sculpture Park at Grand Ave. and Lindell Blvd., these decidedly modern flights of fancy include Blue Moon made of bright blue painted steel, as well as Circle of Green, which features larger-than-life bright green steel figures, reminiscent of blades of grass.

Melvin Meyer was born in Florissant, MO in 1928, the second of seven children. After becoming a member of the Society of Mary in 1947, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Dayton.

As a young artist, he was sent to work with masters in Paris. In 1960, he earned his Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. In the decades since, his Catholicism has continued to feed his creative spirit.

Brother Mel currently resides in St. Louis and continues to create and design art in his studio located on the campus of St. John Vianney High School.

For more information, please visit: or call 314.977.2666.


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