Resources

Christians in the Visual Arts

CIVA-smallChristians in the Visual Arts is an international organization which exists to explore the relationship of the visual arts and the Christian faith. CIVA also produces a directory of its members with many reproductions, publishes a newsletter and journal, offers workshops and art focused tours and hosts a biennial conference.

 

 

Museum of Biblical Art

MOBIA-smallThe Museum of Biblical Art celebrates and interprets art related to the Bible and its cultural legacy in Jewish and Christian traditions through exhibitions, education and scholarship.

 

 

White Stone Gallery

White-Stone-Gallery-smallWhite Stone Gallery provides fine art by contemporary artists who have drawn the attention of media including Art in America, ARTnews, Associated Press, International Herald, Tribune, CNN, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and many others. In addition to the gallery's contemporary program, their Art & Faith program has made them the leading commercial gallery in that field.

 

Sacred Art Pilgrim

Sacred-Art-Pilgrim-smallSacred Art has been pushed to the margins of contemporary culture. You may parody, mythologize, or psychoanalyze religion, but it seems only a few eccentric artists take it seriously anymore. Modern Art has taught us to see paintings as panels covered with color. There is no need to search for meaning. We have all but forgotten that for most of the course of Western Civilization, art was viewed with a different kind of eye. It expressed universally-shared truths, especially, the narratives and teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

 

International Arts Movement

IAM-smallIAM is a cultural movement dedicated to inspiring all people to engage their culture to create a more good and beautiful world. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) IAM presents lectures, performances, exhibitions, screenings, projects, and workshops. Our programming and resources equip the creative community to generate good, true, and beautiful cultural artifacts: sign-posts pointing toward the "world that ought to be." Through understanding the culture that is and looking toward what could be, we hope to rehumanize our world.

 

 

Imago Dei Arts

Imago-dei-smallTake up your cross, says Christ. For many, those familiar words pose an ultimate challenge. But what if Jesus told you to take up your paintbrush?—to take up your dance shoes, your pad and pen, your camera, scissors, guitar, or script? Imago Dei Arts exists to help artists learn to live in that belief—to grow in what it means to abide abundantly and unabashedly in their expression of God's creative image. Through our various medium-specific connection groups, amateurs and professionals mature together in spiritual and technical disciplines, removing barriers between artistic collaboration and communing in Christ.

Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts

ecvaThe mission of The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts is to encourage visual arts in the life of the Episcopal Church. ECVA seeks artists and those interested in bringing the visual arts into Episcopal spiritual life.

 

IMAGE

Image-journal-smallA Journal of the Arts & Religion is a quarterly that explores the relationship between Judeo-Christian faith and art through contemporary fiction, poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, music, and dance.

 

Ruminate Magazine

ruminate-mag-smallRUMINATE is a quarterly magazine of short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art that resonate with the complexity and truth of the Christian faith. Each issue is a themed forum for literature and art that speaks to the existence of our daily lives while nudging us toward a greater hope. Because of this, we strive to publish quality work accounting for the grappling pleas, as well as the quiet assurances of an authentic faith. RUMINATE Magazine was created for every person who has paused over a good word, a real story, a perfect brushstroke— longing for the significance they point us toward.

 

 

Museum of Contemporary Art

mocrastl-smallSaint Louis University's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) is the world's first interfaith museum of contemporary art that engages religious and spiritual themes. MOCRA is dedicated to the ongoing dialogue between contemporary artists and the world's faith traditions, and to serving as a forum for interfaith understanding. In a time when religion is viewed by many in exclusive ways, MOCRA intends to be inclusive and embracing, a center for healing and reconciliation.

 

Billy Graham Center Museum

Billy-Graham-Center-Museum-smallThe Museum provides visitors with an experience that extends their understanding of the good news about Jesus, whether becoming aware of God's offer of his love through Jesus, being inspired to follow Christ, or growing in desire and ability to share the gospel. The Museum offers an inviting, informative and inspiring experience for the general public on the story of evangelism in North America, especially the ministry of Billy Graham.

 

Signs of Life Gallery

signs-of-life-gallery-smallSigns of Life Gallery is located at 722 Massachusetts St. in the heart of historic Lawrence, Kansas. We feature work by dozens of artists to suit a variety of tastes. Many are local, but we also represent artists of national and even international reputation.

 

 

 

 

 

ARTWAY

Artway-smallMotivated by a Christian view of life, ArtWay seeks to open up the world of the visual arts to the interested lay man and woman. Our goal is to hand people a key to this world that is rich and fascinating yet sometimes hard to enter. ArtWay desires to open eyes for the beauty and meaning of art, so that more and more people may begin to enjoy the vast treasury of art that has been and is being produced and to learn to discern the spirits as mature and culturally aware viewers.

 

 

 

 

Transpositions

Transpositions-smallOn one level, transpositions connotes our goal to create conversations between Christian theology and the arts. Just like a musician might transpose from the key of B flat Major to C Major in order to create beautiful music with other instruments, we desire to transpose from the mode of theology to the arts and from the arts to theology in order to create meaningful resonances. Transpositions also brings to mind placing images and ideas of varying opacity over one another so that from particular points of view they appear to blend without distinction, creating a new form of beauty. On yet another level, transpositions suggests the nature of both art and theology as a transposition of divine reality into earthly form. As C. S. Lewis concluded in his brilliant essay entitled 'Transposition,' our glimpse of God through embodied transpositions and our taste of true reality in the present gives us hope that one day we will experience the fullness of beauty.

 

Sacred Art Meditations

Sacred-Art-Meditations-smallImagery is especially important to Christians, who believe Jesus Christ is the Invisible God made visible in human form. Artists down the centuries from various cultures have interpreted the stories of the Bible, especially the Life of Christ, in visual terms to deepen their understanding of these sacred narratives. We tend to look at religious imagery nowadays, removed from its frame. This website presents works from my sacred art collection with meditations and religious texts in ways, I hope, will bring image and story together, as they were meant to be, and help us to see once again with the eyes of the heart.

bowdencollBowden Collections offers a variety of traveling exhibitions available for rental to museums, churches, colleges and seminaries and similar institutions. Venues are responsible for the rental fee and shipping, usually to the following location. A CD containing everything needed to mount the exhibition, with files for labels, shipping information, lists of items in the show, a brochure in PDF format, along with high-resolution digital files of all the art in the exhibit are provided to the gallery.

TECHNIQUES

Collagraph

A collagraph is an intaglio printing process, which uses a built-up collaged plate made from a great variety of materials (strips of fabric, thread, aluminum foils, plants, marble dust, acrylic modeling paste) that are glued onto the masonite or cardboard surface. The surface is then painted or inked and run through an etching press at several thousand pounds of pressure, thereby transferring the paint and the texture into the surface of the paper. The process must be completely repeated to create another print in the edition.

Encaustic

Encaustic, sometimes referred to as 'hot wax painting,' is an ancient technique used in Egyptian mummy portraits and Greek mural painting. The artist mixes pigments into the melted wax and then applies it with brushes and various tools. Then the surface is heated to fuse the layers of wax. Additionally, an encaustic can be polished to a final sheen, or reworked (through use of heat, again) as much as necessary until the artist is satisfied. The technique has become popular in the last thirty years and new ways of approaching the technique had emerged.