The Silence of God. The Beauty of God.

By Dwight Gibson These are two concepts I had never connected until CIVA Member Makoto Fujimura got me thinking about it during a conversation at his studio a couple of years ago. Since then he’s written a book on the topic and created a website to guide others into this seemingly contradictory world. For… Continue Reading

Alabaster-The Bible Beautiful

An interview with Brian Chung and Bryan Chung by Henry Lucy-Lee While goodness and truth are often used to describe the character of God, Christian theologians have long assigned beauty as well. Artists Brian Chung and Bryan Chung collaborated in 2016 to bring Alabaster–the Bible Beautiful to life as they integrated visual imagery and thoughtful… Continue Reading

Making a Storybook Bible – III

Ned Bustard talks with Edward Knippers Ned: I often explain to people that Revealed: A Storybook Bible for Grown-Ups began with my desire to make a book featuring your printmaking alongside works from your collection of other printmakers who explored Christianity in their work. Because of copyright complications, we were not able to include many… Continue Reading

The Company of Friends

By Cameron J. Anderson Soon after our son learned to walk, my wife began to take him on “explores” in Putnam Park, a nature trail two blocks from our home. If moving efficiently from point A to point B had been their objective, it was a failed project. Our son’s young eyes were fixed on… Continue Reading

Painting the Images Inside of Us

Carmelita Greco Interviews Sister Helen David Brancato Lining the walls of the Gatehouse Gallery on the St. Aloysius Academy grounds in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, is a display of Sr. Helen David Brancato art. Almost no space is left vacant, and she has many more pieces to add to the rotation. On this Saturday afternoon, Brancato… Continue Reading

Making Room

A Christmas Eve Meditation By Cameron J. Anderson I Having completed the 90-mile trip from Nazareth, Joseph and Mary’s approach to Bethlehem must have been stress-filled: Mary was due, at any moment, to give birth to her first child. Of the four Gospel writers, Luke alone offers this brief account: “And she gave birth to… Continue Reading

Making Mercy

By Michelle Arnold Paine Jesus is the face of the Father’s Mercy. –Pope Francis CIVA’s newest traveling exhibit, Faces of Mercy, finds its inspiration in Italy: in Orvieto, with the International Festival of Art and Faith; and also in Rome, with Pope Francis’ declaration of a Jubilee Year of Mercy, outlined in the Bull of… Continue Reading

My New Modern Eyes

By Wayne Adams Review of Modern Art and the Life of A Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism Jonathan A. Anderson and William A. Dyrness Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016 374 pages But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. —Matthew 13:16 We see what we look for, by… Continue Reading

Making with Many

By Joanna Miller   I am a firm believer in letting children use power tools and sharp objects. Almost anyone can create something meaningful with new tools and techniques, provided they have the right teacher, and Steve Prince might be the best teacher with whom I have had the pleasure to work. Steve can take… Continue Reading

On Theology and Art

By Christina Valentine Several years ago, I attended a dinner discussion at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Brehm Center in Pasadena, California where artists, theologians, and curators were invited to discuss the intersection of art and theology in culture. This topic of “art and theology,” now a bit of a buzzy catchphrase in some Christian institutions, has… Continue Reading