The concept of an “illustrated Bible” conjures, for some, soft-focused feathery-winged angels, perfect pairs of well-behaved animals peeking out the ark’s windows, or baby Jesus snuggled into his pint-sized Jenny Lind manger. These cozy images often belie the earthy realism of the Bible’s contents. Revealed, CIVA’s newest traveling exhibit, shows the Bible in all its raw, violent, and beautiful glory. As J. Mark Bertrand attests, “Revealed sets out to crush any notion that the Bible is a safe, inspirational read. Instead the artwork here . . . takes a warts-and-all approach to even the most troubling passages, trading well-meaning elision for unvarnished truth.”
Revealed features twenty-three works from the new book, Revealed: A Storybook Bible for Grown-Ups. This collection of contemporary works, many created by CIVA member artists, features various printmaking techniques and covers the entire story of Redemption—from the Fall in Genesis through the New Creation promised in Revelation. Curated by CIVA graphic designer and creator of Square Halo Books, Ned Bustard, the exhibit includes art by Margaret and Ned Bustard, Tanja Butler, Matthew L. Clark, Wayne L. Forte, Craig Hawkins, David Busch Johnson, Diego Jourdan Pereira, Edward Knippers, Kevin Lindholm, Steve Prince, Mark T. Smith, Justin Sorensen, Ryan Stander, and Kreg Yingst.
The four-week rental fee for this exhibit is $500 plus additional costs for shipping. CIVA member organizations and institutions receive a $50 discount. Each rental will be accompanied by a complimentary copy of Revealed: A Storybook Bible for Grown-Ups for the host site. To learn more about renting this show, please contact CIVA Exhibits Coordinator, Kate Austin. See the schedule below for available dates. For a complete list of other exhibits see CIVA Traveling Exhibits.
Read related articles and more: An interview with The Gospel Coalition about the book. Heart & Minds Bookstore awarded Revealed: A Storybook Bible for Grown-Ups the Best Art Book of 2015 and also wrote a nice review. (CIVA recommends buying your copy through Hearts & Minds). An article about Revealed on ArtWay. A blog post about Revealed including more links.