Out_of_the_Depths-May_Gallery_Night_2018Opening Reception: Madison Gallery Night – May 4, 2018, 5-9pm
Exhibit on view through: September 15, 2018

Join us to view Out of the Depths—an exhibit featuring work by artists Joe Cory and Fadi BouKaram. This collaborative traveling art exhibition investigates the current migrant crisis from the perspective of Lebanese street photographer, BouKaram, and American painter, Cory. Powerful images of the Middle East are juxtaposed with paintings based on filtered information mediated by American news sources. Motifs of water and navigational symbols further pervade the imagery. Viewers are challenged to rethink their assumptions about what it means to be living in the Middle East and a refugee. The exhibition is curated by Matt Schneider, also of Birmingham, Alabama. Learn more at outofthedepthsexhibition.com.

Joe Cory will be present at the opening to discuss the artwork. RSVP on the CIVA Facebook Gallery Night event page. CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts, Gallery 212, is located at 849 East Washington Avenue, Suite 212, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Fadi BouKaram
fadi_boukaram-headshot-gallery_nightBorn and raised in Beirut, Fadi never wanted to be a photographer. After receiving graduate degrees in engineering and business and a  career in the corporate world, he realized how much he needed photography both as a therapeutic tool and as a way to discover oddities within the mundane. In 2013, he and a group of photographers from around the world started the Observe Collective, which was born out of a “common fascination with watching and documenting the diverse humanity that surrounds us.”

Joe Cory
joe_cory-headshot-gallery_nightJoe Cory is a visual artist who lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama. Using fragmented and colorful images, he creates paintings, collages, and digital artworks to help him navigate the complex world in which we live. Cory is especially interested in using his work to serve as a reminder of God’s grace amidst a broken world. He exhibits his artwork across the United States and has won numerous grants and awards. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Cory holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Chicago. He is currently a member of the faculty at Samford University.

Matt Schneider
matt_schneider-headshot-gallery_nightThe Rev. Matt Schneider began his career as a writing teacher before answering a pastoral call. He now serves as the Canon for Parish Life and Evangelism at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. Schneider has contributed to a variety of arts and culture publications, including Mockingbird Ministries. Matt is the editor of The Advent magazine, and is the host of the Arts + Culture series, which explores creative topics through public conversations.