Bursting Wineskins – African Christianity And African Christian Art

Bursting Wineskins – African Christianity And African Christian Art

By Diane B. Stinton (from SEEN Journal XIV.1, Unsettled Ground) A master artist with words, Jesus spoke his first parable portraying the gospel as new wine that required new wineskins. Otherwise, the dynamic effervescence of the new wine would burst the crusty, old wineskins (Luke 5:37-38). This graphic image not only depicts the gospel thatContinue Reading

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Introducing Chris Anderson our Sourcebook Juror

Introducing Chris Anderson our Sourcebook Juror

In their day, CIVA’s founders saw the rift between visual art and Christian faith widening. This observation caused them to gather a community of the faithful to fill that gap. Thirty-five years later, CIVA claims members and friends around the world. As CIVA continues the important work of networking, connecting, and gathering this community, ourContinue Reading

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Doing Good Well: Come to the Table

Doing Good Well: Come to the Table

Doing Good Well is CIVA’s leadership development for young women in the arts. This year, the conference will happen August 29-September 1 at the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, Washington. The Guild is a perfect setting for our weekend; nestled near the Wenatchee River, its grounds are a beautiful retreat. There are 23 women in ourContinue Reading

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How Art Works NYC Symposium

How Art Works NYC Symposium

Join us in October for How Art Works, CIVA’s first Symposium in New York City. Bring a friend. Help us spread the word about this event. The formal press release can be found here, and the latest information is at the How Art Works page. What is an artist’s vocation, and how do we nurture and sustain it? WhatContinue Reading

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What DGW means to me

What DGW means to me

What does it mean to be an artist? It is a question I have mulled over for quite some time now. There are days where I know exactly what that means, but more often than not I find myself wondering if I even fit the bill. Add to that questions of what it means toContinue Reading

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Tom Hanks, Enchantment, and the Artist’s Vocation

Tom Hanks, Enchantment, and the Artist’s Vocation

By Cameron J. Anderson In the second scene of his film, Cast Away (2000), director Robert Zemeckis introduces us to Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), a zealous FedEx executive. Viewers find Noland in Moscow where he, via his Russian translator, exhorts FedEx employees to increase their efficiency. Having completed his mission, Chuck hurries home to joinContinue Reading

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Art for God’s Sake Interview

Art for God’s Sake Interview

Interview with Rev. Phillip G. Ryken, author of Art for God’s Sake By James Romaine James Romaine: What are some biblical principles foundational to your understanding of a Christian’s vocational calling? Philip G. Ryken: The first and most important calling we have is to follow Christ as Savior and Lord. Everything in the Gospels relatesContinue Reading

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Join the Conversation at ArtPrize

Join the Conversation at ArtPrize

By Eric Kuiper Just a year ago we were dreaming about how Into The Noise might engage with culture, spirituality, and each other at today’s most eminent festival experiences. A year later, groups of roughly 30 people have been mystified, stirred, and changed at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Music Festival. In October we’ll be doingContinue Reading

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My journey with an artist I never met

My journey with an artist I never met

This essay was written by Makoto Fujimura to accompany the CIVA Traveling Exhibit, Beauty Given by Grace: The Biblical Prints of Sadao Watanabe. To host this historical show in your gallery, university or sanctuary, email exhibits@civa.org. In the fall of 1987, I arrived in Japan with a Japanese governmental scholarship to study, as an American, the traditionalContinue Reading

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WORK: Curse or Calling?

WORK: Curse or Calling?

by Kathrine Page Work: Curse or Calling? is a traveling exhibition sponsored by Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), brings together the work of 31 artists and 37 artworks from 13 states across North America. This exhibition explores a succulent range of responses to the initial “call for work” and offers the viewer meaningful encountersContinue Reading

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