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How ARE WE THERE YET Influenced Me

By Alex Haunty My name is Alex Haunty, and I’m an artist.  I have been asked to reflect on how the ARE WE THERE YET conference influenced me. The conference has made me think more deeply about the role that my faith plays in the creation of my art. Just what does this mean? How do… Continue Reading

Still Moving

By Laura Tabbut During the months leading up to CIVA’s biennial conference, I thought a lot about Homer’s Odyssey. I was on a journey of my own that felt a bit circuitous and prolonged. Odysseus’ journey home takes him ten years – the exact interim that I spent between my undergrad years and teaching in… Continue Reading

Welcoming the Other

By Christen Mattix During the recent CIVA conference, I resonated with the theme of welcoming the “other” which kept emerging in the presentations of my fellow artists and community activists. One spoke of welcoming the other, for example, by “porching”—a practice of sitting on the porch every week at a designated time and inviting people of… Continue Reading

Mary Driving Jesus to Mother’s Day Out

Editor’s note: Leading up to CIVA’s biennial conference, Lawan remembered this piece by her friend Robert Feuge that we thought could be beautifully showcased as a bumper sticker and made available to conference attendees. Good news: additional stickers are available to purchase in the CIVA Store – go check them out! By Robert Feuge The title of this… Continue Reading

Lesson Plans

By Justin Sorensen It’s been a couple of months since we got back from CIVA’s biennial conference in the Twin Cities. Since returning home, I’ve found myself reflecting a lot on the state of higher education. This is not uncommon, as I am constantly thinking about my role as an educator and what it looks like… Continue Reading

Now Announcing Member Podcasts!

Announcing yet another way for CIVA members and friends to connect and continue conversations about art + faith: the Member Podcast, launched on the CIVA website this week. An additional perk of membership, this will serve as an excellent venue for members to get the word out about their podcasts which will no doubt be of interest to others. We invite… Continue Reading

Holding Sadness Lovingly in Your Heart

Editor’s note: This piece is reprinted by permission of the author from an earlier post on her blog. Kimberly’s session on this topic at AWTY was so well received that we thought others who weren’t able to be there might also benefit from this essay as well as her book with co-author Alison Cook, Boundaries for… Continue Reading

It’s Done!

Editor’s Note: Since 2009, Tim Lowly’s piece Without Moving (after Guy Chase) has appeared 17 times at conferences and other exhibition venues. When Tim brought it with him to ARE WE THERE YET this past weekend . . . Chicago-based artist Tim Lowly returned to the CIVA conference with his multi-year project Without Moving (after… Continue Reading

Lowery’s “Pioneer” and the Artist as Guide

By Randy Heffner Author’s note: This piece references Pioneer, a narrative short film by David Lowery. Readers wishing to avoid spoilers should first watch the film. *** Gabriela’s uncle unknowingly told her the precise night and time she could arrive. Hers was a journey of seeing – her eyes and her camera, her transport. Back… Continue Reading

Artist in the Elevator: The Sacred Art of Making While Moving

By Tessa Davidson One September morning, I donned a white Tyvec hazmat suit and stepped into an elevator, carrying a portable easel, paint, palette, stool, and several wooden panels attached to a board. As the elevator began to move and strangers poured in, I could feel the tension in their bewildered stares. “Could I ask… Continue Reading