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Art and the Transcendent

By John Franklin Though we hear much of secularism’s influence on our culture, efforts to keep religious sensibilities at bay seem futile. We cannot for long live comfortably with such absence. The human spirit becomes restless when meaning is dispersed and we have no place to stand – homeless – and all the while longing for… Continue Reading

Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels

By Andrew Hendrixson There isn’t a trace of frivolity to be found here. The questions posed are serious ones laden with the gravity of their implications, but they emerge quietly and slowly before lodging themselves in the chest. Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels,currently on view at The Frick Collection, is a group of… Continue Reading

On Making Art In, For, and With a Community

By Catherine Kapikian As a site-specific artist, I thrive on commissions from diverse religious sources: churches, military chapels, hospital chapels, meditation spaces, and religious conference sites. Within these venues, for the last three decades I have enjoyed designing complex works which the resident community then fabricates. Engagement with such a process—the actual making—affirms an integral… Continue Reading

Making Art in the Mall

An Interview with Ann Williams In anticipation of the MAKING NOW conference, CIVA is interviewing some of the presenters to find out what our community’s makers are up to. What follows is a conversation with Ann Williams, recounting how “way leads unto way” as she goes about her life, work, and art-making in Lincoln, Nebraska. CIVA:… Continue Reading

On Simplicity

By Shauna Lee Lange In the search for simplicity, many of us have tried every time management technique under the sun: itemizing and prioritizing to-do lists; subdividing each day into smaller increments, hoping that small accomplishments will beget larger ones; working through the night according to preferred biorhythms; day planners; Post-it notes; Evernote; and all… Continue Reading

Lynn Aldrich – Uncommon Artist

By Barry Krammes In anticipation of CIVA’s MAKING NOW conference, where Lynn Aldrich will be one of the guest presenters, we offer a sneak peek via this documentary film of her work. Biola University’s Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts presents Lynn Aldrich: Uncommon Artist, a documentary film providing a poetically rendered portrait of Los… Continue Reading

André Cadere’s Colored Barres

By Leah Samuelson I’d like to invite you to visit the empty corner of a room in the New Modern collection at the Art Institute of Chicago and imagine a colorful wooden walking stick propped there on end, with no alarms or ropes around it. The stick, or barre as André Cadere called it, used… Continue Reading

The Apocalypse Appears: the Art of Devi Anne Moore

By Marisa Martin I remember when I first stumbled across the work of artist Devi Anne Moore years ago. Her treasures surfaced during a personal pilgrimage, a mostly futile search for interesting, contemporary, Christian art. Pickings seemed slim in those days; the Internet was an undependable infant, and communications between like-minded artists required antique devices… Continue Reading

IN REVIEW: Michael Singer, The Untethered Soul

By Shauna Lee Lange While living in Tampa, Florida, in the early 1990s, our family suffered an all-consuming house fire. Poof. Everything instantly burnt to embers. Even still today, it’s hard to reconcile the fact that one’s reality can be dismantled so abruptly. How can a singular incident alter so much of what we know… Continue Reading

An American Iconography

By Christine Simoneau Hales While I was in my second year of grad school at the College of New Rochelle, New York, my husband was busy photographing and writing his book Monastic Gardens (2000). Tagging along on photo shoots to monasteries, churches, and convents in the UK and France, I received my first introduction to… Continue Reading