Regis University library to display Santos collection

April 07, 2016

Dozens of Santos from Regis University’s collection are now on display throughout the month of April at Dayton Memorial Library.

Some of the 75 works -- wooden statues that depict various saints or angels -- have never been displayed, and others have rarely been seen. The pieces date from 1830 to the present, and originated in Mexico, New Mexico and Colorado.

The Regis Santos Collection was started in 1966 by Fr. Thomas J. Steele, S.J. and was curated by him until his death in 2010. Starting with a single object from a second-hand store in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the collection has grown to nearly a thousand objects.

Fr. Steele sought initially to find examples of the array of Catholic saints typically portrayed in Hispanic New Mexico from the late 18th century on, as well as representations by the various santeros, or saint-makers, who created them, said Tom Reidel, current curator of the collection.

The exhibit is in the Doyle and Margaret Hartman Gallery on the library’s second floor. To check library hours, please visit The exhibit will close after Regis’ commencement on May 1.