God in the Modern Wing

CIVA Symposium - God in the Modern Wing - November 2015

Fourth Presbyterian Church (map)
126 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
November 1, 8, 15, and 22
Borwell Dining Room

Beginning November 1, Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois invites all who may be interested to join them for a series of four Sunday morning lectures themed “God in the Modern Wing.” This series of lectures and conversations is being hosted by CIVA member Walter Hansen, and its aim is to explore the spiritual significance of modern and contemporary art in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Following the class on Sunday, November 15, participants will be invited to meet at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute to explore, first-hand, the work of several artists featured throughout this Sunday morning series.

Session Schedule

November 1 – Cameron Anderson, “Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti”
November 8 – Matthew Milliner, “Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, and Renée Magritte”
November 15 – Tim Lowly, “Doris Salcedo and Kerry James Marshall”
November 22 – Joel Sheesley, “Picasso”

God in the Modern Wing, CIVA, Art Institute of Chicago


G. Walter Hansen received a B. A. in Philosophy from Wheaton College, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Th.D. from Wycliffe College. He is a scholar, pastor, and theologian with more than forty years of ministry experience, both in the United States and abroad. As Professor of Global Theological Education at Fuller Theological Seminary, he has taught the New Testament for nearly twenty years. Currently, his particular interest is in the relationship between the visual arts and theology and, not coincidentally, the idea for the “God in the Modern Wing” series originated with him.

Cameron Anderson is a writer and an artist living in Madison, Wisconsin. He completed his M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Cranbrook Academy of Art and currently serves as the Executive Director of CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts. In November 2015 Anderson’s one-person exhibit Approaching the Mystery: Red, Yellow, and Blue was on view at Judson University. His book The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts is forthcoming from InterVarsity Press.

Matthew Milliner is Assistant Professor of art history at Wheaton College. He specializes in Byzantine and medieval art, with a focus on how such images inform contemporary visual culture. Milliner has an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University, and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was recently appointed a member of the Curatorial Advisory Board of the United States Senate.

Tim Lowly is a Chicago-based artist, curator, musician, and teacher. The son of medical missionaries, he spent most of his youth in South Korea. While Tim’s art addresses a variety of subjects, the central pillar of his work is his daughter, Temma, who is, in his words, “profoundly other.” The clinical diagnoses of “multiple impairment” or “spastic quadriplegia” do little to address the compelling presence of this young woman and the way her being and essence have shaped her father’s work. Since 1995, Tim has been affiliated with North Park University and has works of art in several important museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Frye Museum in Seattle.

Joel Sheesley is a painter who lives in Wheaton, Illinois. He graduated with a B.F.A. in painting and drawing from Syracuse University School of Art, and an M.F.A. from the University of Denver School of Art, in painting and printmaking. Sheesley teaches art at Wheaton College and his work has been exhibited regularly in Chicago, including at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2010. In 2002 he received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and in 2008 Sheesley’s painting was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University. In 2014 the Illinois Arts Council provided funding for Lincoln Marsh Journal, an exhibition catalog for “Landscape: the Knowable Mystery,” an exhibition of Joel’s current landscape paintings.

7 Responses to God in the Modern Wing

    • Gina, you’re welcome to attend, it is free and no registration is needed. You might arrive early just in case space is limited.

    • Richard, you’re welcome to attend, no registration is needed. You might arrive early just in case space is limited.

    • Russ, there aren’t confirmed plans to record these, but we are hoping to make arrangements for this.

  1. I would be very interested in listening and sharing this series if you record it. Would love to attend but unfortunately cannot. Thanks for addressing this!!!