Dr. Aaron Rosen, Director
Kiki McGrath, Curator of the Dadian Gallery
The mission of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary is to explore the intersection of art and faith; to encourage dialogue between artists and theologians; to help artists find ways to join their faith and their art; and to help religious communities discover ways to include the arts as a medium of transformation and hope.
We believe that the arts offer a profound medium of theological expression and should be integrated into the fabric of theological education. Whether a course is in biblical interpretation, systematic theology, or pastoral counseling, the arts are invoked not only to illuminate subject matter, but as evidence of people’s lived religious experiences. As our students move from the classroom to other places of ministry and service, they take what they have learned and experienced with them, using the languages of music, dance, storytelling, drama, literature, film, and visual art, to enliven their communities and the world.
We conduct innovative research at the intersection of religion and the arts; invite Artists-in-Residence to work and teach in our studio; curate exhibitions at our Dadian Gallery; sponsor exhibitions, lectures, performances, and concerts; work with faculty to design and coordinate courses in the arts; and provide consultation to religious and cultural organizations. The annual application deadline for our Artist-in-Residence program is May 15.
The life of our students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community is enriched and deepened through our public offerings and through contact with the artists in our midst. Students may also make Religion and the Arts the major focus of their studies by applying for the Certificate in Theology and the Art, which is open to degree candidates in the Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, or Master of Divinity programs. For those interested in further study beyond the master’s level there is an intensive Doctor of Ministry program with a track in Theology and the Arts.