CIVA Summer Fund

by Cameron Anderson This summer I have been getting to know Elmo, a local graffiti artist who lives, as do I, in Madison, Wisconsin. Our meeting has been entirely happenstance—he is painting a large mural on the rear wall of the Gardner Bakery building and I am using the building’s loading dock to haul awayContinue Reading

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Seeing the Unseen, Church Gallery Handbook

CIVA’s much-anticipated Church Gallery Handbook, Seeing the Unseen: Launching and Managing a Church Gallery, is now available for purchase online in the CIVA Store. Co-authors Sandra Bowden and Marianne Lettieri designed this book to offer practical help to local churches seeking to incorporate visual art into the life of their faith community. The content andContinue Reading

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Ben Quash on the Interrogation and Provocation of Art (video)

Ben Quash on the Interrogation and Provocation of Art (video)

Here is a video greeting “on a sunny morning in London” from Ben Quash, one of the plenary speakers for “Between Two Worlds” this June. The conference will examine how theology can engage with contemporary art. Ben discusses how it’s exciting that art can bring “a more intensive interrogation of our reality and our world, the meaningContinue Reading

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Generous Conversations, Lasting Relationships (video)

CIVA Board Members Karen Brummond and Kevin Hamilton discuss what attracts them about CIVA: generous conversations, heterogeneous perspectives, and lasting relationships with others. Share this with your friends and followers.

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Sourcebook Featured Artist – March

Sourcebook Featured Artist – March

Patrick Luber is the featured artist this month from the CIVA Sourcebook Juried Competition. Title: I Can See Your Breath (2012) Media: wood, aluminum beverage cans, brass nails, safety glass, laser cut steel, paint Dimensions: 28″ x 15″ x 7″ This work is a wall relief sculpture / cabinet with hinged doors that take theContinue Reading

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Digitization of the Christian Imagination Conference

Digitization of the Christian Imagination Conference

CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts and Biola University’s Center for Christianity, Culture & The Arts are hosting the 10th Annual Biola Arts Symposium on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The Digitization of the Christian Imagination: Exploring the challenges and opportunities of digital technology on the imaginative life of the Christian artist. Featured presenters include: new-media artist, JoshuaContinue Reading

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CIVA’s 35th Anniversary Sourcebook Exhibit – Curator’s Essay

CIVA’s 35th Anniversary Sourcebook Exhibit – Curator’s Essay

by Chris Anderson Artist Dennis Oppenheim once designed an installation of mechanized sculpture that began to overheat in a New York gallery. The work generated so much fire, smoke, and noise that everyone was driven out of the exhibition and into the street before the fire trucks arrived. It was the hottest opening of theContinue Reading

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Sourcebook Featured Artist – February

Sourcebook Featured Artist – February

Veda Rives and Meda Rives Title: Book Environ Georgetown: Artists’ Books as Shelter, Escape, Epiphany Shaping Our Space, Our Thoughts, and Our Aspirations Media: Artists’ Book, Handmade paper, Installation Size: 20 x 58 x 24 feet Website: mirrorimagepress.com Veda M. Rives and Meda R. Rives are artists and identical twin sisters who established Mirror Image PressContinue Reading

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Announcing the Between Two Worlds Conference

Announcing the Between Two Worlds Conference

Details about the conference available at civa.org/conf. Register here for the conference by March 26 for discounted entry. A few months ago I emailed some of the smartest visual artists I know and asked them the question: How do you define contemporary art? Their answers and the exchanges which ensued were extraordinarily spirited, wide-ranging and farContinue Reading

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CIVA Pastors

Pastors Brian Moss and W. David O. Taylor serve on the CIVA Board of Directors because they believe in leading the church and artists into right relationship. In this video they discuss why bridging the worlds of Art and the Church is so important to pastors. Read more about CIVA’s Between Two Worlds Conference (June 2015) about Contemporary Art andContinue Reading

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