Saint Eustace Fine Art

'Beacon Beneath a Bushel' by Bill Haveron

http://civa.org/exhibits/the-beautiful/

'Economic Rift (Golden Fleece)' by Wayne Adams

'Memoria Animus : Grassy River' by Kenneth Steinbach

A traveling exhibition that bears witness to beauty as it appears to us in the complex landscape of contemporary culture.

"The Beautiful" is an exhibition curated by artists, Mary McCleary and Michelle Westmark Wingard, both members of CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts), and is held in conjunction with the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship. This traveling exhibition gathers more than 35 contemporary works of art executed in a variety of media and genres that bear witness to beauty as it appears to us in the complex landscape of contemporary culture.

About the Juror

Our juror for this exhibit is Mary McCleary, a long-time CIVA member, and contemporary artist currently living and working in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mary is the Stephen F. Austin State University Regent’s Professor of Art Emeritus. Assisting Mary in the selection process is Michelle Westmark Wingard, a current member of CIVA’s board of directors and Gallery Director at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Beautiful

About the Exhibit

In his essay “The Weight of Glory,” C.S. Lewis suggests that beauty comes to us as “brightness, splendour, and luminosity.” We know that encounters with beauty are essential to human flourishing. Indeed, such experiences capture our imagination and animate our souls; they invite us to pause and consider the nature and meaning of our material world and the one who created it all. In the modern period, artists often had a conflicted relationship to beauty. On one hand, they were drawn to beauty’s sublime qualities. On the other, they realized that a superficial understanding of beauty could be either a means to avoid the world’s suffering or a charm that incites consumer desire. Nonetheless, our need for beauty remains. In the shadow of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace there exists what some describe as a “broken beauty” — beauty that still captures heart and mind but contends with the fallenness of our world. This exhibit gathers more than 35 contemporary works of art executed in a variety of media and genres that bear witness to beauty as it appears to us in the complex landscape of contemporary culture.


For more information on upcoming venues, consult The Beautiful Exhibit Schedule.

'The Beautiful' by Chris Anderson

'Red Sea Crossing' by G. Carol Bomer

Artist's Statement

enlighten     en*lighten  /  en’litn  (archaic)
ORIGIN  -  Middle English   (in the sense ‘make luminous’ -

formerly as   inlighten)
In early use from Old English   inlihten  ‘to shine’
Also:   ‘to light up’  /  ‘illuminate’

‘Enlightment’… (In Autumn)  represents an embodiment in ‘image’ –  my personal Ode to Autumn. Culled from a lifetime of gathered residual memories, thoughts, feelings, associations, sensations – the appearance of Autumn has always marked for me ‘the time of heightened awakening’; and time to begin anew and launch into the unknown of exciting creative possibilities… It remains, that rarest, most fleeting and spectacular of seasons.

Postcard Courtesy of Roughhewn People

A Statement From The Center of Lifelong Learning - 

Columbia Theological Seminary

May 10, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary is hosting a national traveling art exhibit called The Beautiful open to the public now through May 24, 2018 The exhibit is made available through CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts.

The exhibit is housed in the Harrington Center on the seminary campus. For a map and directions, visit http://www.ctsnet.edu/directions/. The exhibit is open during regular business hours, Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. For additional information or to arrange a visit for evening or weekend hours, call 404-687-4577 or email lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu.

The Beautiful features thirty-three original artworks, carefully selected to speak to the theme of Beauty as it is found in a fallen world. Encounters with beauty are essential to human flourishing. Indeed, such experiences capture our imagination and animate our souls; they invite us to pause and consider the nature and meaning of our material world and the one who created it all.

In the modern period, artists have a conflicted relationship to beauty. On one hand, they are drawn to beauty’s sublime qualities. On the other, they realize that a superficial understanding of beauty could be either a means to avoid the world’s suffering or a charm that incites consumer desire. Nonetheless, our need for beauty remains.
 

'Altarpiece 1' by Sandra Bowden

This exhibit gathers contemporary works of art executed in a variety of media that bear witness to beauty as it appears to us in the complex landscape of contemporary culture.

CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts, a non-profit organization founded in 1979, is dedicated to exploring and nurturing the relationship between the visual arts and the Christian faith. CIVA hosts a range of other traveling exhibits; information can be found at civa.org/exhibits.

Cover Art : Courtesy of CIVA

'Wired II' by Christine Forsythe

'Enlightment'... (In Autumn)
Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction

24.5”h x 19”w x 3”d, 2016