June 25, 2022

Washington, D.C.

God in the Modern Wing is back with a new format! Wear comfortable shoes and join other CIVA members as we spend a morning in conversation around the spiritual significance of Modern and Contemporary Art while touring the newly renovated East Building and Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. During our visit, we will hear from Teresia Bush, Catherine Kapikian, and Edward Knippers about selected works of art on display. After the tour, stick around for an informal lunch (not included in the registration) as we engage in conversation about all the National Gallery offers. 


  • 10:00 am: National Gallery of Art opens
  • 10:15 am: Meet at the street level concourse between the East and West Buildings (pictured)
  • 10:30 am – 12:45 pm: Gallery talks led by:
    • Teresia Bush
    • Catherine Kapikian
    • Edward Knippers
  • 1:00 pm: Group lunch (at participant’s own expense)
  • 2:30 pm: Tour the museum on your own

The registration fee is $10 per person and is required to attend the event. Registration closes on June 20, 2022.

Space is limited.

This event is open to current CIVA members only. Not a member? Join today!

Featured Guests

Teresia Bush currently teaches at Rutgers University and is an art historian, museum educator, and curator. She was an Assistant Professor of Art History at Howard University where she organized the James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art. She has also held teaching positions at the Corcoran College of Arts + Design and Georgetown University. Bush is an educator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Institution, and has curated at the New Muse (Brooklyn, NY). She has held positions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington D.C), acted as Director of Exhibits at the D.C. Public Library, and is a graduate fellow (Henry Geldzhaler) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 20th Century Art. Bush has curated exhibitions including: Directions: Leonardo Drew, HMSG; Art+Text=Ideas, Concepts and Insights (CIVA), and Agendas: Concepts and Thematics in Sculpture’s Expanded Field-Community Engagement (Washington Sculpture Group, Brentwood Art Gallery). She has presented at conferences inlcuding: the American Association of Museums, the College Art Association’s “Museums in the 21st Century” (Yakutsk, Siberia), and Stanford University. Bush holds a BFA and MA in Art History from Howard University as well as certificates in Arts Management from the American University and the Getty Museum’s Leadership Program (U.C. Berkeley). Lastly, she has published articles on modern/contemporary artists and museum education.

Catherine Kapikian is a site-specific liturgical artist. She has designed and executed large-scale temporary and permanent installations plus small-scale works such as paraments and vestments. Her commissions reside in churches of diverse denominations; synagogue; university, seminary, and military chapels; retreat centers, hotel and convention center lobbies for national ecclesial events. Kapikian is Founder and Director Emerita of the Henry Luce Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary (WTS) in Washington DC (1980-2007) and Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at WTS (2008-2019). She authored “Art in Service of the Sacred,” a resource exploring the integration of art as a product and process in worship, education, fellowship, and outreach.

Edward Knippers holds an MFA from the University of Tennessee and has worked in the studios of Zao Wou-ki, S. W. Hayter, and Otto Eglau.  He has also studied at the Sorbonne (Paris) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  His work has been shown extensively throughout the U. S. and abroad including at the LA County Museum, Cheekwood (Nashville, TN), the University of Oklahoma, Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Palazzo dei Setta, (Orvieto, Italy), and the Vatican Museum (Rome).  His books and periodicals include LIFE Magazine, the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Baltimore Sun, Fort Worth Star-Telegraph, New American Painting, Art Voices, and two monographs: Violent Grace, A Retrospective and The Art of Edward Knippers, Prints and Drawings.  Most recently his work was included in Jesus Now, Art and Pop Culture.