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CIVA Summer Fund

by Cameron Anderson

CIVA Office - ElmoThis 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 away old plaster and tangles of electrical conduit. Elmo is making street art.

CIVA is building-out new office space!

Since August 2002, Gordon College has graciously hosted CIVA. Their institution sustained our organization through a formative season and Gordon’s President, Michael Lindsay, remains steadfast in his support of our work.

In recent months, however, our Executive Committee decided that the CIVA Office should be a place that invites substantial collaboration and hosts strategic meetings. Relocating our operations to Madison seemed like the most prudent way to accomplish this. On June 30—just weeks after our Between Two Worlds conference—I signed the lease for Suite 212 on East Washington Avenue and strapped on my tool belt.

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Our new building once housed the operations of the Gardner Bakery. Today, it sits amid older commercial spaces that are incubating business start-ups, new condos, indie coffee shops, excellent ethnic restaurants, and Madison’s infamous Willy Street Neighborhood. One friend put it like this, “Cam, you have found the most amazing space in the city of Madison for CIVA’s new office.” Come visit; I think you will agree.

God, of course, is the one who builds his kingdom, not us. Meanwhile, I remain fully persuaded that he has invited CIVA to stake out a little corner in the art and faith movement. He has called us to creatively engage the joys and sorrows of this world, fight the good fight, and in doing so, add to God’s pleasure, even as we attend to our own.

CIVA Office - Cameron AndersonTo be sure, my hopes for CIVA are ambitious. But if the paint dries and hundreds of little details all come together, I am confident that our new office will open for business by Labor Day. In turn, we will be poised to embrace the unprecedented opportunities before us. In the Church, we sometimes describe this kind of season as a kairos moment.

In support of this future, CIVA’s 2015 Summer Fund is directed entirely to our office relocation. To make this move and properly equip our new space, we need to raise $25,000. To date, one family and one foundation have each pledged a $5,000 contribution! With this encouraging start, I invite you to join with me and make a gift to raise the remaining $15,000. We want to meet this financial goal by Labor Day and this will enable us to move into the fall season in a strong position.

With your help, we can do this.

Grace and peace,

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Cameron Anderson
Executive Director

CIVA Office

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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