CIVA Symposium – The Calling and Vocation of a Life in the Arts

March 4-5, 2016
Church at Charlotte
2500 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

Registration for the Symposium is $30, with a reduced rate of $20 for CIVA members.
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CIVA Symposium, Charlotte, March 4-5 - The Calling and Vocation of a Life in the Arts

Christians in the Visual Arts presents, in partnership with ArtsCharlotte and Church at Charlotte, a CIVA Symposium on The Calling and Vocation of a Life in the Arts.

Our keynote speaker, Bruce Herman, will speak about his work and calling as a visual artist. A panel of artists and arts contributors including Allison Luce, Carmella Jarvi, and Sandra Bowden will address the pursuit of the arts as a vocation. Church at Charlotte’s Creative Media Pastor, Tim Briggs, will present a perspective on the church and pastor’s role in advancing the visual arts and art ministry in a local worshipping community. Dianne Collard, Director of ArtsCharlotte, will introduce the organization’s mission to nurture the soul of the city through the arts.


Friday Evening, March 4
6:15 – Registration
7:00 – Welcome (Allison Luce)
7:20 – Symposium Partners (CIVA — Allison Luce; ArtsCharlotte — Dianne Collard; Church at Charlotte — Carrie Givens)
8:00 – Break, Refreshments, Booktable
8:30 – “Broken Maker: A Life in Art” (Bruce Herman, keynote speaker)
9:15 – Q & A

Saturday Morning, March 5
9:00 – Welcome
9:15 – A Pastor’s View of the Arts (Tim Briggs)
9:45 – Panel Discussion (Moderator – Allison Luce; Panelists: Bruce Herman, Carmella Jarvi, and Sandra Bowden)
10:15 – Break, Refreshments, Booktable
10:45 – Panel Continues
11:30 – Q & A
12:00 – Closing Remarks (Dianne Collard)

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Featured Speaker

Bruce HermanBruce Herman
Bruce Herman (American, b. 1953) is a painter living and working north of Boston. Herman lectures widely and has had work published in many books, journals, and popular magazines. His artwork has been exhibited in more than 20 solo and 100 group exhibitions in eleven major cities, including Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. His work has been shown internationally, including in England, Italy, Canada, and Israel. Venues featuring his many public and private collections include the Vatican Museums in Rome; The Cincinnati Museum of Fine Arts; the DeCordova Museum; and the Hammer Museum, Grunwald Print Collection. Herman currently holds the Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts at Gordon College.

Other Presenters

Allison LuceAllison Luce
Allison 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. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where she is a studio artist, an adjunct art instructor, and serves on CIVA’s Board of Directors. She has shown her artwork in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and her work 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.

Carmella JarviCarmella Jarvi
Carmella Jarvi is a McColl Center for Art + Innovation and Vermont Studio Center alumna, and three-time Regional Artist Project Grant recipient. This Charlotte, North Carolina native’s artwork has evolved from women-in-water paintings to abstract explorations of water through kiln-glass, her primary focus since a trip in 2011, to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. An artist-entrepreneur, Jarvi loves business as much as creating her art. One of her passions is helping artists leverage their own opportunities to make a better living. Whereas the arts community at large tends to separate itself from a life of Christian faith, Jarvi has enjoyed a fruitful career as a Christian artist, as first reflected in her 2007 show Transformed.


Carrie GivensCarrie Givens
Carrie Givens works in Communications and the Arts at Church at Charlotte in North Carolina, and also serves as a  freelance writer and editor. She has lived and travelled around the world, both as a missionary kid and as an adult. She revels in good stories and good music and wrestles with the intersection of faith, art, vocation, and culture.


Dianne CollardDianne B. Collard
Dr. Dianne B. Collard is a creative catalyst who serves as the Europe Ministries Director of A.C.T. International and is the founder of ArtsCharlotte. Her doctoral dissertation research explored the role of visual art in the churches of Europe, and her passion is the encouragement of artists and a renaissance between the arts and the Church. Dianne is an international speaker and has contributed to many journals and books. She is the author of I Choose to Forgive: An Intimate Journey with God.

Sandra BowdenSandra Bowden
Sandra Bowden is a painter and printmaker living in Chatham, Massachusetts. With over 100 one person shows, her work is in many collections including the Vatican Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, the Museum of Biblical Art, and the Haifa Museum. In 2005 Square Halo published The Art of Sandra Bowden. She is also a passionate collector of religious art dating from the early 15th century to the present. Recently she has curated several exhibitions of biblical art that travel to religious institutions, one of which is Beauty Given by Grace: The Biblical Prints of Sadao Watanabe. Sandra was a founding member of CIVA and served as President for 14 years. She studied at Massachusetts College of Art and received her B.A. from the State University of New York. For more information on Sandra Bowden go to

Tim Briggs

Tim Briggs
Tim Briggs is the Creative Media Pastor at Church at Charlotte. He loves sports, writing, reading, technology, and making things. He and his three boys are semi-professional fort builders and Lego movie makers. His wife supervises.

Sponsoring Organizations

ArtsCharlotte exists to nurture the soul of our city through the arts by creating space for artists, arts organizations, churches, schools and the community to come together for encouragement, education, and engagements through the arts.

CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts was founded in 1979 and exists to cultivate an incarnational presence in culture, equip artists in their vocational calling, and nurture the relationship between the visual arts and the Christian faith.

Church at Charlotte is a community of believers that is stirred by Scripture, struggles well with life, and serves others.