Dr. Deborah Sokolove, Director
Trudi Ludwig Johnson, Curator Dadian Gallery
Amy E. Gray, Program Administrator
The mission of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary is to explore the intersection of art and faith; to encourage dialogue between artists and theologians; to help artists find ways to join their faith and their art; to help local churches discover ways to include the arts as a medium of transformation and hope; and to remind the Church Universal that the arts are intrinsic to the full expression of what it means to be created in the image of God.
We believe that the arts are a medium of theological expression, integrated into the very fabric of theological education and thus into the life of every local church. Whether a course is in biblical interpretation, systematic theology, or pastoral counseling, the arts are invoked not only to illuminate the subject matter, but also as primary evidence of how people in other times and places as well as our own have understood the biblical text, the nature of God, or the complexity of human relationships. As our students move from the classroom to other places of ministry, they take what they have learned and experienced with them, using the languages of music, dance, storytelling, drama, literature, visual art, and other forms to enliven the church and the world.
We invite Artists-in-Residence to work and teach in our studio and to show their work in the Dadian Gallery; sponsor exhibitions, lectures, performances, and concerts; work with faculty to design and coordinate courses in visual art, dance, drama, biblical storytelling, music, and literature; and consult with churches and other organizations as they begin to set up their own arts programs.
Now accepting Artist-in-Residence applications for academic year 2017-2018. Deadline May 15, 2016.
The life of our students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community is enriched and deepened through our public offerings and through contact with the artists in our midst. Students may also make Religion and the Arts the major focus of their studies by applying for the Certificate in Theology and the Art, which is open to degree candidates in the Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, or Master of Divinity programs. For those interested in further study beyond the master’s level there is an intensive Doctor of Ministry program with a track in Theology and the Arts.