MAKING NOW – Seminars and Workshops

Art and the Church

This seminar will meet in three panel sessions to address the following topics:

1) Church Ministry to Artists – What do the artists in your midst need? How can your church help meet those needs?  And how do relationships play into making space for artists in the church?  Artists share their experiences of how the church encourages and supports the art making process.

2) Artists’ Ministry to the Church – What is the mission of your church? How can artists participate in fulfilling that mission?  A panel of artists from a variety of contexts share how their work has directly impacted their church body.

3) Equipping Artists for Christ-like Creativity in the World – How can the church disciple and equip encourage artists to create with excellence of craft and character?  What does it look like for an artist to create with Christ-like character in the culture, and what difference can it make?  How can your church equip the artists in your midst?

Ann WilliamsAnn Williams is an artist and passionate leader of artists is based in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Ann is prolific, creating large bodies of scripture-based paintings often gifted to individuals or mission based non-profits. She collaborates with artists, works on public art projects and commissions, and shows wherever she can across the country. Ann’s larger works focus on community or congregational involvement as she explores art as a catalyst for reflection, hope, unity, and truth. Serving as a liaison for non-profit and for-profit arenas in Lincoln, Ann utilizes art-making as grounds for creating bridges in her community. Ann also serves as the Director of Visual Art at Lincoln Berean Church where she curates and oversees five gallery spaces, shepherds artists, and constantly looks for new ways to integrate art and faith in the lives of pastors, staff, and the congregation.

Community Based Art

Leah SamuelsonLeah Samuelson is trained in high-end commercial mural painting with a Chicago-based studio and also in urban slums with the Philadelphia-based arts-intervention and education group BuildaBridge. She now focuses on transformational pedagogy, socially engaged art curriculum development, and strategies of institutional collaboration through the arts. Projects currently in development use traditional byzantine mosaic techniques to engage powerful and well-served communities in explorations of restraint. Community art projects may involve political, economic, social, religious, and ecological spheres in grappling with what it means to be good to our neighbors and good to ourselves.

Design Now: Creating Identities, Design Meets Art, Making the Future and Trying to Save it.

Design has arrived at its second golden age due to an explosion of technological advances and the vague descriptions of where design begins and ends in relation to marketing, technology and art. This has put the disciplines of design at the forefront of many conversations that ask how creatives see the world and how we as visualizers help the world see itself. As we engage in the act of making designs that steer how people see and receive our messages and the messages of the products we represent, are we able to call back to the original designer and how do we integrate a perspective of Revelations while being futurists?

Terry DobsonTerry Dobson is Director of Design Programs and Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Azusa Pacific University. Terry earned an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Yale University. His creative direction at Disney for more than two decades won him a Themed Entertainment Industry Award with Walt Disney Imagineering; an Interactive Academy Award with Disney Interactive Studios; and four online gaming awards with Disney Parks and Resorts Online. Terry was inaugurated into Disney Inventor’s Hall of Fame, and awarded a patent for design and technological innovation for Disney’s first multiplayer online theme park, Virtual Magic Kingdom. As a design scholar his research focuses on the making of symbolic visual meaning, and as a design curator, his gallery shows raise awareness for issues of social import. Terry’s most recent design writing examining socially symbolic indexical signage has been published in the inaugural issue of the AIGA’s new academic journal: Dialectic.
Brad Abare
Calvin Leung
Chris Beatty
D. J. Javier
Nate Lu
Andrew Hochradel
Elisha Avne
Yuli Perez


Drawing Workshop: The Anatomy of Animals.

This workshop will run all three sessions and is concerned with drawing from a variety of realistic animal figurines. The goal is to turn the drawings or paintings into inventive Creatures. Participants will use a variety of drawing and painting concepts such as observation and simplifying complex forms into simple forms before concentrating on the details. Imagination and a variety of techniques will be used to turn the animals into creatures.

SweetmanJamie Sweetman received her M.F.A. from CSU-Long Beach where she now teaches Anatomy for the Artist. The connection between human anatomy and plant life are explored in her drawings. By layering images on paper as well as translucent vellum, Sweetman creates mysterious images that leave the viewer captivated. Patterns, structures, and shapes found in both the human body and plant life are depicted in her mysterious drawings.

Identity, Power, and Making Art: A conversation on the relationship of the fragmented self and cultural unity

In our current cultural climate there has been a rising awareness of difference that has been approached as a threat. This track looks at the inescapable differences in identity and how these differences can intersect in the context of wholeness. The conversations in this track discuss the ways we claim identity and how the process of claiming identity feeds into opportunities for artistic expression that emphasize unity and wholeness through difference. These three sessions feature artists and curators who approach their practice from the ideals of mutuality and reciprocity as the backdrop giving voice to cultural expression.

Becky RoeRebecca Roe is an associate professor at Azusa Pacific University, teaching graphic design. She has an M.F.A. in art and design from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a doctorate in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. While working on her dissertation, she became concerned about unequal opportunities for female creatives and is now engaged in pursuing research that strives to ask questions and hopefully open doors providing more options for marginalized artists.

Claudia Morales McCain
Tamara Valdry
Nery Gabriel Lemus


Visits to Los Angeles Artists Studios on Friday Afternoon 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (This session is limited to 14 people and sign-up will take place at registration.)

In a 2015 interview for The New York Times, Ann Philbin, the director of the Hammer Museum, was quoted, “[Los Angeles] is like New York in the ’80s. There is a huge, growing community of artists here.” Indeed LA is city full of exciting artists. This session will take the participants on a tour of the studios of some of LA’s most interesting artists to check out what they are “Making Now.” Artist Studio visits include Dion Johnson, Megan Geckler, and Wendell Gladstone.

Macha SuzukiMacha Suzuki was born in Tokyo Japan in 1979; he immigrated to Los Angeles in 1988. He has a M.FA. from Claremont Graduate University in sculpture and a B.A in studio art with emphases in painting and photography from Azusa Pacific University. Suzuki has exhibited his work regularly for the past ten years in museums and galleries, nationally and internationally. He was represented by Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles,for seven years, where he had two solo shows and a two-person show, until it closed it’s doors in 2013. His other solo exhibitions include Vincent Price Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Kravets/Wehby Gallery in NYC, Gallery Lara in Tokyo, Cypress College, and Biola University. Suzuki has been an instructor at Azusa Pacific University since 2005, where he continues to influence young artists. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

RigglemanJeremie D. Riggleman is a Los Angeles-based artist transplanted from his native land in the Midwest-Michigan. Riggleman holds a M.F.A. in visual art from Azusa Pacific University and a B.A. in studio art from Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN). His works have been shown in Museum of Art and History (Lancaster, CA), Coagula Curatorial (Los Angeles, CA), il Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone (Frosinone, Italy), Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside, CA), Riverside Art Museum (Riverside, CA) Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA), and Gallery 825, West Hollywood (Los Angeles Art Association). Riggleman’s art has been collected by Carrie Fisher, Azusa Pacific University and other private collectors.

Spiritual Practices for Making the Most of Time

We all live out our lives—work, family, community, home, service, worship, art-making—in the rhythms of time ordained by our Creator. To be human is to inhabit time. But too often we experience time as a fraught frame that brings stress and restraint: so many ideas, so much to do, so little time. The challenge for us, or rather, the invitation, is to live the rhythms of time in step with God so that time feels less like a mere given and more like a good gift. For those of us seeking to “make something of the world,” the spiritual practices related to time hold great potential to enrich our walk with God and energize our work.

These three sessions at the conference will explore the ways we can purposefully inhabit time: receiving the day, keeping the weekly Sabbath, and living the Christian year. We will rehearse core practices and share from our individual experience. Each session will also include a short spiritual exercise.

Bobby Gross 1Robert E. (Bobby) Gross is Vice President for Graduate &  Faculty Ministries, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Bobby is an avid art collector, a contributing writer to SEEN Journal, a former member of CIVA’s Board of Directors, and author of Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God (InterVarsity Press, 2009). He lives with his wife Charlene in Decatur, Georgia.

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