charlotte-symposiumFebruary 10-11, 2017
Warehouse 242
2307 Wilkinson Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28208

Registration for the Symposium is $40, with a reduced rate of $30 for CIVA members. Register online now.

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Opening the Discourse

Our two-day Charlotte Symposium explores the various ways in which art can meaningfully engage our communities. To start the conversation, guest artist Steve Prince will present his artwork and the wide range of community outreach projects that he has completed in various cities throughout the United States. This event will also include a panel discussion featuring community arts leaders and culture makers in the Charlotte community at Saturday afternoon workshops on a variety of topics including the theology of art, artist residencies, and how to start and maintain a church gallery.


Featured Speaker

Steve PrinceSteve Prince is the featured speaker at the 2017 Charlotte Symposium. Steve, a member of CIVA’s Board of Directors, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and currently resides in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he is an Assistant Professor of Art and Artist in Residence at Allegheny College. He received his B.F.A. from Xavier University of Louisiana and his M.F.A. in printmaking and sculpture from Michigan State University. Prince has shown his art internationally in various solo, group, and juried exhibitions and has created a number of public artworks, including an eight- by sixteen-foot wood relief cruciform sculpture titled Make Me Over for Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. An accomplished lecturer and preacher, Prince is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2010 Teacher of the Year for the City of Hampton, Virginia. Maintaining that “we are all living epistles,” Prince aims to take his visual ministry to the streets, where art can become a bridge to help people find their way from brokenness to beauty. Prince is represented by Eyekons Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ZuCot Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and the owner of One Fish Studio, LLC.

Other Presenters

allison-luceAllison Luce explores the ephemeral nature of existence and the mystery of eternity through her ceramic sculptures and monoprints. Luce graduated with dual B.F.A. degrees in painting and Art History from Ohio University and her M.F.A. from Hunter College, City University of New York. Currently living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina, Luce is a studio artist and an adjunct art instructor whose work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and is included in many private collections. She has been a resident artist in Denmark, Germany, and Canada and has received numerous grants and awards for her sculptures.

Cameron AndersonCameron Anderson is the Executive Director of CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts, a post that he has held since 2009. Just recently, he published his first book The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts (InterVarsity Press, 2016). Anderson completed an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Cranbrook Academy of Art and continues to produce and exhibit work. He and his wife share their home in Madison, Wisconsin, with a cocker spaniel named Séamus.


kati-stegallKati Stegall is an emerging leader in arts administration with over seven years of experience specializing in public art. Since 2011 she has held the position of Program Administrator for the Art in Transit Program at the Charlotte Area Transit System where she administers public art projects—from artist selection through installation and documentation—and develops and implements community education and outreach efforts. Prior to her work with CATS, Stegall was an executive intern at McColl Center for Visual Art and also worked for the Association of Visual Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she conducted grant research for education initiatives and coordinated art camp programming. Stegall also co-produces a blog about the visual arts ( and, along with her colleagues, contributes a weekly column to the Charlotte Observer, highlighting things to see, places to go, and people to meet in the Charlotte visual arts community. Stegall holds an M.A. in Arts Administration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and a B.A., with a concentration in Sculpture and French, from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

wendy-hickeyWendy Hickey, who resides in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, is the Founder and Executive Director of ArtPop (Art + Public Outdoor Project). Currently employed by RBX Media, Hickey combines her passion to serve local artists with the wealth of experiences and expertise gained during her 20-year career in the outdoor advertising industry to accomplish ArtPop’s mission to promote local artists’ work through available media space across the country.

wes-vander-lugtWes Vander Lugt is lead pastor of Warehouse 242 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is passionate about helping people integrate the arts into their everyday lives, vocations, and ministries. Vander Lugt believes the role of art and creativity is not merely illustrative or decorative but integral to spiritual formation and participation in God’s mission in the world. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Vander Lugt teaches about Christianity and the Arts at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Before arriving to Charlotte, Vander Lugt was involved in church planting in St. Andrews, Scotland, while pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of St. Andrews in the area of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts. His books include Living Theodrama: Reimagining Theological Ethics (Ashgate, 2014) and Theatrical Theology: Explorations in Performing the Faith (Cascade, 2014).