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The Twenty-First Century Artist

By Mckenzie Laird An ambitious twenty-something, my host Taleyah embodied the intricate knot of local tradition and expatriate influence that undergirds much of the contemporary, cosmopolitan Middle East. In her sleek black hijab and lively pink lipstick, she generously ordered several extravagant, tasty items from the menu for us to share at the gourmet Japanese… Continue Reading

Making as Cheap Therapy

By Dave Zentner I’ve spent my entire life making stuff when I should be doing other things. As an energetic child, I was constantly getting sent to my room . . . which was fine with me because I had markers and a ream of office paper there (my most treasured birthday present each year).… Continue Reading

Making is Not Enough

Editor’s note: In publishing our 52 Weeks of Making blog, CIVA member posts have spanned a spectrum of topics, genres, and opinions. From the beginning of this project, it has been our intent to encourage more voices in our CIVA community to speak up, allowing the rest of us a chance to hear them. What… Continue Reading

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 silenceandbeauty.com 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