Doodles from Hutchmoot

By Ned Bustard Since 2010, Hutchmoot has convened annually in Nashville, Tennessee, for a weekend of food, music, and conversation “centered on art, faith, and the telling of great stories across a range of mediums.” This year’s keynote speaker was CIVA’s good friend W. David Taylor. Among the seminars offered, “The Art of Patience: Pursuing Creativity through… Continue Reading

Stopped in his Tracks: Ben Cowan

The work that I’m making is the result of being stopped in my tracks. Ben Cowan’s imagination is captivated by elements of residential Brooklyn, New York: a leaf folding over a wrought iron gate, potted plants appearing to ascend a stoop, sneakers suspended on the branch of a tree.  In the mundane, Cowan sees metaphors… Continue Reading

Response to Charlottesville

Editor’s Note: It goes without saying that the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend have left most of us speechless, wondering when it will end, and what we can possibly do to help. While grieving the situation, we received a note in the CIVA office this week from a friend of CIVA, Maureen Brondyke,… Continue Reading

Making Meaning

Editor’s note: Despite our best efforts, from time to time, we really blow it. This is one of those times. If you received a copy of the 2017-2018 CIVA Sourcebook, you were greeted with an excellent introductory essay…by Chris Anderson, who was the curator for our 2015-2016 Sourcebook. What follows is the essay by this… Continue Reading

Art and the Transcendent

By John Franklin Though we hear much of secularism’s influence on our culture, efforts to keep religious sensibilities at bay seem futile. We cannot for long live comfortably with such absence. The human spirit becomes restless when meaning is dispersed and we have no place to stand – homeless – and all the while longing for… Continue Reading

Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels

By Andrew Hendrixson There isn’t a trace of frivolity to be found here. The questions posed are serious ones laden with the gravity of their implications, but they emerge quietly and slowly before lodging themselves in the chest. Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels,currently on view at The Frick Collection, is a group of… Continue Reading

On Making Art In, For, and With a Community

By Catherine Kapikian As a site-specific artist, I thrive on commissions from diverse religious sources: churches, military chapels, hospital chapels, meditation spaces, and religious conference sites. Within these venues, for the last three decades I have enjoyed designing complex works which the resident community then fabricates. Engagement with such a process—the actual making—affirms an integral… Continue Reading

Making Art in the Mall

An Interview with Ann Williams In anticipation of the MAKING NOW conference, CIVA is interviewing some of the presenters to find out what our community’s makers are up to. What follows is a conversation with Ann Williams, recounting how “way leads unto way” as she goes about her life, work, and art-making in Lincoln, Nebraska. CIVA:… Continue Reading

On Simplicity

By Shauna Lee Lange In the search for simplicity, many of us have tried every time management technique under the sun: itemizing and prioritizing to-do lists; subdividing each day into smaller increments, hoping that small accomplishments will beget larger ones; working through the night according to preferred biorhythms; day planners; Post-it notes; Evernote; and all… Continue Reading