Artist in the Rubble

Artist in the Rubble

by Joel Klepac My vocation is to be an artist in community among the poor. In silence, after stretching a canvas the size of my wing span, I look attentively at the edges of things around me. The 4b pencil in my right hand records the lines as I look out the window at a leafContinue Reading

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Material Metaphors

Material Metaphors

By James Romaine The best compliment I can pay Lynn Aldrich’s sculptural works like Quench is to say that they appear as if anyone could make them. Constructed with seemingly minimal intervention out of gutter piping and plastic hoses from home and garden improvement warehouses, Quench may not conform to expected notions of art making.Continue Reading

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Seven Last Words of Christ

Seven Last Words of Christ

by James Romaine The Seven Last Words of Christ—Terremotto IV (after Haydn) by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) directs our contemplation of Christ’s passion on the cross by slowing us down. Designed to clear our minds of the ambitions that drive us and the concerns that weigh on us, this work focuses ourContinue Reading

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An Ordinary Mystic: The Faith and Art of Borysewicz

An Ordinary Mystic: The Faith and Art of Borysewicz

The relationship between the art world and the Catholic Church in recent years has been, to say the least, strained. To pick two prominent examples, Andres Serrano’s photograph “Piss Christ” was condemned by Catholic leaders when it was first shown in 1989, as was Chris Ofili’s elephant-dung-covered Madonna, “The Holy Virgin Mary,” when it wasContinue Reading

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Vocation of the Artist

Vocation of the Artist

by Sandra Bowden “Vocation” and “artist” seem to some dichotomous.  Don’t artists just play? Are they not just pushing paint around?  Do they really work?  Once I appeared for dinner with my husband and some of his corporate friends and announced I needed a sabbatical.  Their stunned reaction was, “Aren’t artists always on sabbatical?” BehindContinue Reading

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SEEN Journal: Unsettled Ground

SEEN Journal: Unsettled Ground

An introduction by Cameron Anderson I have often admired those who elect to fast or choose some other spiritual discipline as a means to guide them through the Lenten season. In this regard, my own piety is less developed. But this year I have kind of stumbled, unwittingly, into a practice that is preparing myContinue Reading

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Artist Vocation: Colin Harbinson Stonebreaker

Artist Vocation: Colin Harbinson Stonebreaker

by Karen L. Mulder Nowadays, no one agonizes really, really deeply about vocation as a Christian and as an artist, except on a personal level: role models and programs abound. In the 1980s, when God enticed Philip Griffith and me to start Christians in the Arts Networking, desolation characterized the spiritual landscape for artists ofContinue Reading

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Vocation and the Artist

Vocation and the Artist

by Linda Stratford “Vocation is a means for us to love in a particular way.”  -Robert Adams The doctrine of vocation has been of great interest in recent decades though relatively understudied in regard to vital correctives it offers the contemporary Christian artist.  Within the idea of “calling” one discovers validation of all spheres ofContinue Reading

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Holy Tables, Meals and Meetings

Holy Tables, Meals and Meetings

The path from the ordinary to the extraordinary is one of grace and art. — Jean Wetta, Artist In our day it is difficult, perhaps impossible, for worshipers to know precisely what God’s intentions are for us as we partake of the bread and wine in Holy Communion. If you have worshiped in more thanContinue Reading

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Eyekons Conference

Eyekons Conference

Art as a Bridge to Each Other The Who Is My Neighbor? Conference is a dialogue about art & creativity in church & community. Our journey is guided by Catholic Latino theologian Cecilia González-Andrieu, Calvinist philosopher and theologian Nicholas Wolterstorff and the creative voice of 11 artists. Join us as we examine the relationship between art, faithContinue Reading

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