Gregory Gerrer

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Rev. Gregory Gerrer, OSB
Born(1867-07-23)July 23, 1867
Lautenbach, Alsace
DiedAugust 24, 1946(1946-08-24) (aged 79)
Other namesRobert Francis Xavier Gerrer
EducationSacred Heart College
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
OrdainedSeptember 19, 1900 at Buckfast Abbey
Offices held
Founder and Director, St. Gregory’s Museum and Art Gallery

Rev. Gregory Gerrer, OSB (July 23, 1867 – August 24, 1946) was a Benedictine Priest at Sacred Heart Abbey (later, St. Gregory's Abbey), artist, art historian and museum founder.[1]

Art career[edit]

From 1900 to 1904, Gerrer studied art in Rome. Shortly after the election of Pope Pius X, Gerrer participated in a competition of artists to paint the official portrait of the new pope.[2] When Pius saw the finished portrait by Gerrer, he selected it to be his portrait. Pius said that he choose it because the artist painted the him true to life and did not minimize his facial warts.

Gerrer also painted portraits of two World War I Choctaw code talkers, Otis Leader and Joseph Oklahombi.[3]

The largest collection of his paintings are at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, Oklahoma. His work is also in the Vatican art collection, Rome, Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana, and Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, Oklahoma.

Gerrer was a co-founder and first president of the Association of Oklahoma Artists.

Notable Portraits[edit]


Gerrer was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1931.

The University of Notre Dame conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Gerrer.


  1. ^ "Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art". About Father Gregory. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture". Gerrer, Gregory. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  3. ^ Murphey, Joseph (1874). Tenacious Monks. St. Gregory's Abbey, Shawnee, OK: Benedictine Color Press. pp. 422–425.
  4. ^ Gerrer, Gregory. Catalogue of the Whitman Memorial Art Gallery. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame. pp. 19, 20.