Honorary degree recipient again honors Sept. 11 victims with Table of Silence

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:35:00 PM

Rossella Vasta, a spring 2012 honorary degree recipient at Stritch, presented her "Table of SIlence" today at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York in honor of the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Vasta is an internationally renowned artist, teacher, and lecturer. Since 2000, she has served as the director of Pieve International School in Corciano, Italy. Since 2007, Vasta has created the international artistic project “The Table of Silence” to convey peace and tolerance worldwide. It lets individuals reflect that we share the same space on Earth and are all invited to the same “table.”

In keeping with that metaphor, Vasta has created 100 ceramic dishes. White is the color chosen to represent silence, suggesting that fuller and richer dialogue can take place with silence and attentive listening.


“The Table of Silence” is an artistic space that allows people to initially reflect and then enter into dialogue. The dishes become an offering to humanity and five artists from around the world will be chosen to create additional ceramic dishes to replace those made by Vasta.

In this way they will be “offering” their own dishes to the table. In each country that the table is exhibited, collaboration will occur with local artists so the installation becomes like a host preparing the table for guests. The table will end its journey once the original dishes have been replaced. Learn more at

At Stritch, collaboration occurred with Teri Wagner, former associate professor of art, who was the first guest artist to create a ceramic dish as an offering for the project. Wagner’s dish, along with one of Vasta’s, can be viewed in a display case across from St. Francis of Assisi Chapel on the Stritch campus.

In addition to New York, “The Table of Silence” has also been presented in the Piazza of San Rufino in Assisi, where Pope Emeritus Benedict met with religious leaders in October 2011.