Studies in Theology and the Arts

An Interview with David McNutt CIVA: To get started, tell us more about the new series that you are editing for InterVarsity Academic. What’s the big picture? What does or will this new project entail? David: Our vision for the Studies in Theology and the Arts (STA) series is to provide academic-level books that will… Continue Reading

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The Afterlife of Objects and Places

By Michelle Westmark Wingard I have always been fascinated by places and objects that bear a history that can no longer be physically seen. I suppose this is the same nostalgia that drew me to photography in the first place. A photograph by its very nature is an object that serves as two-dimensional evidence of… Continue Reading

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Making Better Work

An Interview with Brenton Good In partnership with CIVA, the IFAF|International Fine Art Fund is hosting a series of video interviews with Christians in the arts whose work is featured in current art openings, book publications, and other venues. The first of these interviews is with CIVA member Brenton Good, artist and Assistant Professor and… Continue Reading

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Making New Things New Again

By David J. P. Hooker This summer I was privileged to be selected as the Dunhuang Ceramic Artist in Residence in China’s Gansu province. This two-month-long artist residency is based at Lanzhou City University, which houses the only college-level ceramic arts program in the entire province (pretty staggering, considering Gansu is slightly bigger than California).… Continue Reading

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Artful Theology in the Making

Maria Fee Three young and beautifully turbaned African American women sit center stage. They mirror in their demeanor, placement, and clothing the heavenly beings depicted in Andrei Rublev’s 1425 icon of the Trinity. The women’s message derives from Dannielle Carr’s thesis Where Were You? An Exploration of the Presence of God—a literary project which follows… Continue Reading

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Making Space and Making Place

By Eva Ting Four years ago, Redeemer Presbyterian Church opened its doors for the first time to its very own building, with the vision of providing not just a worship space for the congregants but also a gathering place for the community at-large in New York City. Space is a precious commodity, especially in a… Continue Reading

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Making Psalms

By Nicora Gangi My only objective is to paint a Christ so moving that those who see him will be converted. —George Rouault A God who lets us prove his existence would be an idol. —Dietrich Bonhoeffer Pondering the weighty parameters suggested above, I embark on the task of creating Scripture-inspired collages with no small… Continue Reading

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Making a Place to Welcome the Absent

By Shannon Sigler The painter’s continual search is for a place to welcome the absent. If he finds a place, he arranges it and prays for the face of the absent to appear. As you know, the face of the absent can be the back side of a mule! There are no hierarchies, thank God.… Continue Reading

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Making Good[s]

By Keith Barker Creation is not copying, not filling an order, not meeting a need. It is risking oneself in the new. —Eugene Peterson [1] In his interpretation of St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, Eugene Peterson reminds us to: “Live creatively…make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you’ve been given, and… Continue Reading

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Creating and Making – The Interplay

By Jeff Yourison Creating and making, while apparently similar, nevertheless remain distinct. The interplay between the two, however, proves fascinating. One might think of creating as the larger, envisioning concept, and making as a means toward the realization of that creative idea. God is the original Creator. Being the great “I AM,” God’s big idea… Continue Reading

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