The visual arts continue to be an expressive medium to glorify God and all that He has created. Christ Church continues to explore this connection by providing a space for artists to showcase a wide variety of artwork in an intimate setting. We occasionally partner with CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) to showcase their Traveling Exhibits and provide parishioners and community members a chance to explore the profound relationship between art and faith.
Hosted February 14 through March 20, 2016
Two biblical metaphors have inspired Christians since the first century: Jesus as Good Shepherd and Jesus as Lamb of God. Visual artists have taken up these themes in their work and given us a powerful way to reflect upon, expand, and celebrate our understanding of God.
The exhibition featured over thirty drawings, paintings, original prints, sculptures, and photographs which explore how this theological concept has been visually interpreted from the 17th century to the present. The collection included artist works from the Philippines, Japan, Bulgaria, England, Germany, Slovakia, Italy, Netherlands, Israel, Argentina, Greece, and the United States.
Hosted February 28 through March 29, 2015
CIVA’s newest Traveling Exhibit, Come to the Table, featured thirty-five carefully selected works including everything from historical pieces by Albrecht Durer, to modernist work by Jasper Johns and Sadao Watanabe, to fresh contemporary pieces created by CIVA-member artists.
This work, executed in a variety of media, celebrates both the rich community gathered at the Table of Fellowship and the privilege of meeting with God at his Table of Communion. From Abraham entertaining angels, to the Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples, to the great Marriage Feast of the Lamb at the end of time, the table is a rich biblical metaphor. Indeed, the promise of Revelation 19 is that human history will culminate around a table where the people of God are all present. God’s Table is a place of welcome, justice, abundance, and worship.
Hosted June 29 through August 10, 2014
Touch • Anoint • Heal: God with Us was an art exhibit with works from thirty artists from all across the United States and Europe. The three verbs in the title necessitate a physical state of being. Touch implies the ability to feel. To anoint is to set something apart. Healing is a restoration to wholeness. The works in this exhibit demonstrated the embodiment and relationship between these facets of sensual humanity as they relate to the reality of God’s continuing presence in creation.
One of the artists aptly stated: “Christ didn’t just remain a ‘good idea’ in the mind of God. He came down from heaven so that he could touch. He came to anoint our eyes that we might see. He came to heal us from our shame. He came as our Emmanuel, God with us. Praise be to God, by his Spirit he is with us still!” Visitors experienced the power of God’s Spirit in the visual arts, as He works through them to bring healing to a broken world.
The Rev. Tripp Prince