Religious American Art
This section of the Traditional
Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in
American Art is devoted to the topic "Religion in American Art."
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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order
A 11/29/13 search within
TFAO's digital library retrieved:
- 181 pages referencing "Biblical"
- 60 pages referencing "devotional"
- 590 pages referencing "religious"
- 36 pages referencing "Protestant"
- 136 pages referencing "Catholic"
- 177 pages referencing "Jewish"
- 25 pages referencing "Islamic"
- 21 pages referencing "Buddhist"
Also from the Web
- A Church Record - Photographs from the Tiffany Studios Ecclesiastical
Department was an exhibit held July 23, 2010
through January 15, 2012 at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American
Art. The museum says: "Tiffany kept a photographic record of completed
ecclesiastical commissions. These records - which include photographs of
interior schemes, window designs, and such varied objects as memorial stones
and baptismal fonts - constitute an important part of the Morse Museum's
Tiffany Studios Study Photograph Collection." Article includes a multi-page
Exhibition Object Guide (PDF). Accessed August, 2016.
- Adrian Kellard: The Learned Art of Compassion, an exhibit held September 24 through December 18, 2011 at the
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art. MOCRA says: "Despite his artistic
training, Kellard remained grounded in his working class upbringing. Working
in the stylistic tradition of German Expressionism, Kellard demonstrated
expertise with wood carving by creating bold images of Christian subjects
in contemporary contexts. Yet he worked with simple pine wood and household
latex paint with the screws and hanging hardware fully visible-materials
readily available at any local hardware store. He incorporated "high"
art with "low" art, combining images quoted from artists such
as Giotto and Michelangelo with images from pop culture." Page includes
a brochure and podcast. Accessed February, 2016.
- After Six Years Of The 930 Art Center - Was It Worth
It? is a blog post in which Michael Winters describes
how his church, starting in 1996, "...facilitated hundreds of art
exhibits and concerts through The 930 Art Center..." in Louisville,
KY. [Access unavailable as of 2016 audit. There is currently no
other acceptable online reference for this artist. TFAO is saving the citation
for use by researchers.]
- American Guild of Jewish
Art, based in Alpharetta GA, has as its mission
"to promote awareness of fine art and craft objects created "in
the Jewish spirit." It would be the first organization to serve
the interests not only of Jewish artists but of Jewish art those
who sell and promote it as well as it's creators." Accessed 11/29/13.
- Avoda: Objects of the Spirit: Ceremonial art by Tobi Kahn, September 2 - October 12, 2003 from Museum of Contemporary Religious
Art. Accessed 3/14.
- The Book of Life: Family Bibles in America, October 28, 2011 - January 13, 2012 from Museum of Biblical
Art, NYC. Accessed 3/14. [Access unavailable as of 2016 audit. TFAO
is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
Religious Awakening" is a 11/19/00 Los Angeles Times article
by Mary Rourke written about an exhibit at LACMA. The article says: "California
has a reputation for starting trends, and the state gets special credit
for its contributions in religion at one local exhibition. "Made in
California: Art, Image and Identity, 1900-2000," at the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art, traces the uninhibited history of religions, cults
and spiritual beliefs that took root here during the past century. Religion
is only one of many themes in the show, which focuses on art and culture.
But spiritual references offer a lesson in how California artists relate
to the sacred." Accessed September, 2016.
- Chris Sauter, an exhibit focusing
on the relationship betweeen science and religion, held February 8th -
May 24th, 2014 at the Old Jail Art Center.
Includes artist interview by Patrick Kelly, Curator of Exhibitions. Accessed
art hidden in America's dusty corners" by Marisa Martin, published
8/8/12 in WND.
- Christians in the Visual Arts is an organization based in Wenham, MA that is devoted to religious
expression in the visual arts. Accessed 11/29/13.
- Contemporary Santos was a 2015 exhibit
at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center / Taylor
Museum which says: "Santos, depictions of saints in both two-
and three-dimensional forms, make up a significant percentage of Taylor's
original gift; the Fine Arts Center has maintained this legacy through
the ongoing acquisition of these objects over the decades. This selection
represents some of the most recently acquired santos and demonstrates that
the art form is very much alive and is both reverential to tradition as
well as innovative to appeal to a contemporary audience. Most of these
artists are living santeros/santeras (craftspeople of holy images) and
are working in New Mexico or Colorado, many of whom are nationally collected
and renowned for their award-winning work." Accessed 10/16
Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National
Museum of Design, offered freely
online as of 2013 over 25 titles highlighting the Museum's collections,
published between 1978 and 1987, including Santos from Puerto Rico
American Religious Art" by Tasha Brandstatter, Demand Media, from
OpposingViews.com. Accessed 11/29/13.
Bible Artist" is a May 14, 2011 article by Karen Samuels, accessed
on February 9, 2013 from the website of The Express-Times of Easton,
PA. The article is devoted to Johannes Ernst Spangenberg (1755-1814), a
Fraktur artist known as the "Easton Bible Artist." He is also
referenced in Resource Library. See Pennsylvania
Fraktur; essay by R. David Brocklebank and Barbara L. Jones (6/28/07)
- Episcopal Church and Visual
Arts has as its mission to "...encourage
artists and organizations to engage the visual arts in the spiritual life
of the church. ECVA values the significance of visual imagery in spiritual
formation and the development of faith, and encourages those who are engaged
in using the visual arts in spiritual life." ECVA holds curated exhibitions
and maintains an online resource center. Accessed 12/9/13.
- Expressions of Faith Art Show, featuring
75 pieces from 51 artists, was held March 1, through November 24, 2013
at the Cardinal Keeler Center of the Diocese of Harrisburg in Harrisburg,
PA. Accessed 4/14.
- Faith Artists, in Garland, TX, says that its mission is "To create visual
art that glorifies GOD; To share truth in fresh ways; To promote visual
arts with the body of Christ; To mainstream biblically inspired art for
the ages in the world." Accessed 11/29/13.
- Fine Arts Council of the Catholic Diocese of Austin, in Austin, TX, says "The mission of the Religious Fine
Arts Council is to act as a catalyst and lead a renaissance in visual religious
fine art with a focus on the Judeo-Christian faith." Accessed 11/29/13.
- Four Saints in Three Acts is a 2017
exhibit at the DePaul Art Museum
which says: "Art and the representation of saints have been intertwined
for centuries. An upcoming winter exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum,
"Four Saints in Three Acts," will feature works by contemporary
artists who use religious imagery to consider their own relationship to
religion, belief and faith." Accessed 2/17
- Gib Singleton: Religious Works, an exhibit held July 10 - Nov. 14, 2010 at the Colorado Springs
Fine Arts Center. Also see "Cowboy
Michelangelo visits the Vatican - Exclusive: Marisa Martin spotlights artistic
genius of Gib Singleton" published 12/26/12 in WND. Accessed 8/14.
- The Grove Center
for the Arts & Media, in San Clemente, CA,
"...cultivates the spiritual life and creative work of artists."
- Go Tell It On The Mountain, an exhibit
held October 4, 2012 to June 30, 2013 at the California
African American Museum. Accessed May, 2014
Guild in Leavenworth, WA, offers art classes and
workshops. Accessed 11/29/13.
Hand And the Spirit: Religious Art in America," an exhibit at
the Indianapolis Museum of Art held February 21-April 15, 1973. "The
show includes approximately 100 excellent works, mostly paintings, but
some important sculpture as well..." from Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Hand and the Spirit: Religious Art in America, 1700-1900," with
essay by Joshua Taylor, from UC Regents. Accessed 11/29/13.
- Herminia Albarrán Romero / Matrix 148 is a 1991 exhibit at the Berkeley
Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive which says: "For this installation,
the artist has adapted elements of a traditional ofrenda to the specific
conditions of the MATRIX Gallery. Romero herself has produced much of the
material included in this installation, including the large-scale image
of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the finely cut papel picado, and the varieties
of shaped bread." Also see information
in mastersoftraditionalarts.org. Accessed 3/17
- Holiness and the Feminine Spirit, Paintings by Janet McKenzie an exhibit held Aug. 25, 2010 - Jan.
2, 2011 at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Accessed December, 2014
Arts, in Chicago, IL says that "Our primary
goal is to plant and grow witnessing communities in the art schools and
programs of Chicago: to see students and faculty transformed as creative
disciples of Jesus, renewing their campus and changing the art world and
the direction of its influence!" Accessed 11/29/13.
- Kahlil Gibran and the Feminine Divine is
a 2017 exhibit at the Telfair Museums which
says: "This exhibition features approximately 25 works that demonstrate
Gibran's fascination with the idea of the feminine divine. Although he
was raised as a Maronite Christian, Gibran had a long-standing interest
in ancient religions and mythology, particularly the ancient traditions
of Goddess worship. His personal spirituality was centered on the idea
of the oneness of all things, and, as described by scholar Suheil Bushrui
in his 1998 biography of Gibran, 'the fundamental unity of religions.'
His representation of goddess imagery not only reflects his holistic belief
in a Universal Spirit, embodied through symbolic female figures, but also
speaks to the powerful influence women exerted in his own life." Accessed
- Keith Haring: Altarpiece: The Life of Christ, April 8 - May 7, 1995 from Museum of Contemporary Religious
Art. Accessed 3/14.
Student Council's Interfaith Art Show was presented
by the Interfaith Student Council at UCLA in 2012. Accessed June, 2015
- The Jubilee Museum Contemporary Sacred Art Biennial 2014 - Cain
and Abel: Am I My Brother's Keeper?, an exhibit
held December 6, 2014 - February 8, 2015 at the The
Jubilee Museum. Accessed February, 2015
- League of Christian Artists, in Spooner, WI, focuses
on religious art and publishes "New City Reader E-News." Accessed
11/29/13. [Access unavailable as of 2016 audit. There is currently
no other acceptable online reference for this artist. TFAO is saving the
citation for use by researchers.]
- Leonard Knight's
Salvation Mountain in Niland, CA. Accessed 11/29/13. Also see Salvation
Mountain in Niland, CA, from Wikipedia
- Lockwood de Forest's The Wreck
was an exhibit held October 23, 2012 through September 27, 2015 at the
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. The museum says: "The
larger context for The Wreck includes the longstanding tradition
of desert settings in religious paintings. These subjects, notably St.
Jerome and St. Francis in the desert, were widely recognized art historical
references among American audiences." Accessed August, 2016.
Guildworks Ministries is an interfaith community
art guild founded in 2007 in Santa Fe NM. Accessed 11/29/13.
of Visions: The Inspired Works of the Reverend Howard Finster is a 2016-17 exhibit at Albany
(GA) Museum of Art,which says: "Finster's work depicted a diverse
range of religious, didactic and humorous paintings, sculptures which typically
included biblical, historical and pop culture icons. The overall subject
of his three decade career was religious inspiration and the promotion
of Christianity." Accessed 111/16
and American Religious Art," by Jane Dillenberger, is an essay
in Reflections on Mormonism: Judaeo-Christian Parallels, ed. Truman
G. Madsen (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University,
1978), 187-200. From Brigham Young University. Accessed 11/29/13.
- Nineteenth Century German-American Church Artists by Annemarie Springer from Max Kade/SGAS. Accessed 11/29/13.
- A Pilgrim Lens, an interfaith art
exhibit held September - October, 2013 at the Presbyterian Center Chapel
in Louisville, KY in partnership with the the Louisville-based interreligious
nonprofit Interfaith Paths to Peace.
Accessed June, 2015
- Psalms of Nature: The Illuminated Art of Barbara Wolff, October 04, 2007 - February 17, 2008 from Museum of Biblical
Art, NYC. Accessed 3/14.[Access unavailable as of 2016 audit. There
is currently no other acceptable online reference for this artist. TFAO
is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
- Rachel Hecker: Jesus Paintings, an
exhibit held September 20th, 2014 - January 4th 2015 at the Old
Jail Art Center. Includes interview by Patrick Kelly, Curator of Exhibitions,
and 6:44 online video. Accessed April, 2015.
- Religion, Ritual, and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Art, an exhibit held August 28, 2012 - May 26, 2013 at Allen Memorial
Art Museum, Oberlin College. Accessed 4/14.
- Sacred Spaces: Devotional Images and Photography by Alex Harris, an exhibit held April 2008 - February,
2009 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Accessed 8/14.
Gift Paintings," By Daniel W. Patterson. Accessed July, 2016
- Sister Mary Charles: Engagement and Transcendence, an exhibit held June 3 - September 21, 2014 at Tweed Museum
of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth. Includes video, press release,
several press links and articles, including "Saved by Beauty"
from UMD. Accessed September, 2014.
- Smithsonian Institution
Conservation Institute provided online as of 2013
the exhibition brochure for Santos
and related reading
- Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent,
an exhibit held September 27, 2014 - January 4, 2015 at the Baker Museum.
Accessed March, 2015.
the Spiritual in the Visual Arts" by David Morgan, a book review
of The Visual Arts and Christianity in America: From the Colonial Period
to the Present. Expanded Edition. by John Dillenberger. Crossroad,
290 pp. from religion-online.org. Accessed 11/29/13.
Moseley Patience Bottles is a 2016 exhibit
at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
which says: " 'Whimsey Bottles' are small scenes and objects built
inside of bottles. These are not the typical 'Ship in a bottle' pieces,
but rather scenes or objects that are more meaningful to the artist creating
them. This concept sparked Moseley's imagination. If a ship could be put
together in a bottle, almost anything could. Moseley's bottles transformed
from ships to scenes of various figures made from basswood and a two-part
clay mixture." Accessed 3/17
- Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster is a 2012 exhibit at the Akron
Art Museum which says: "This exhibition provides an in-depth survey
of Finster's career, covering the variety of themes inherent in his work,
much of it relating to his visionary experiences. Well-known and misunderstood,
his position remains polarized, suspended somewhere between awe for his
tireless, faith driven creativity and reluctance by the art community to
accept his place in the pantheon of contemporary art." Accessed 3/17
- Tapping the Third Realm, an exhibit
held September 22- December 8, 2013 at the Laband
Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University. Includes works by "thirty-four
artists who deal with ideas of spirituality through four main avenues:
conjuring, communication, collaboration and chance." Accessed February,
de Devoción, an online exhibit of the
New Mexico History Museum. Includes biographies
of artists. Accessed March, 2015
- Tiffany Chapel is an ongoing exhibit
at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. The museum says:"In
1996, the Board of Trustees of the Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation endorsed
an expansion project for the Morse Museum that would fulfill the dream
of the McKeans to reassemble Tiffany's 1893 chapel. A team of architecture,
art, and conservation experts was named to begin the over two-year project
of reassembling the chapel. The chapel opened to the public in April 1999,
the first time since it was open at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago."
Accessed August, 2016.
- Turn Turn Turn, an exhibit held May
24, 2014 to August 24, 2014 at the Madison
Museum of Contemporary Art. Although not religious art per se,
the museum's website says: "Inspired by the lyrical language of Ecclesiastes
3, which meditates on the circular nature of time as reflected in the seasons,
the exhibition addresses the ongoing cycle of changing circumstances in
the course of human events." Accessed February, 2015
- Vices and Virtues, Bruce Nauman's 1988 site-specific outdoor installation at the
Stuart Collection. Includes a video (3:37) about the installation. Installation
includes aspects of religious expression. Accessed December, 2015.
- View from the
Pier contains in Compass
Rose section On the Santos Trail in Puerto Rico, published in
four parts April and May, 2011
- The Visual Culture of American Religions, November 10, 2000 - January 05, 2001 from Museum of Biblical
Art, NYC. Accessed 3/14.[Access unavailable as of 2016 audit. There
is currently no other acceptable online reference for this artist. TFAO
is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
- Unraveled: A Visual Response to RavelUnravel, an exhibit held at venues across the US during 2014 and 2015.
The website for the traveling show says that artworks' themes include "spirituality
and all the ways it can be defined, practiced, questioned, ignored, and
embraced; the ways that the threads of someone's spirituality have woven
through their upbringing, their lives, and their communities; and statements
on prejudice, faith, misperceptions, community, isolation, celebration,
ritual, tradition, connection, deities, grace, humanity, and identity."
In January 2015, Project Interfaith's Board of Directors dissolved Project
Interfaith, the sponsor of RavelUnravel, as a non-profit organization.
Project Interfaith's online programs, including RavelUnravel,
will continue through the non-profit organization World
Faith. Accessed June, 2015
- Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière, February 03 - May 20, 2012 from Museum of Biblical Art, NYC.
Accessed 3/14.[Access unavailable as of 2016 audit. There is currently
no other acceptable online reference for this artist. TFAO is saving the
citation for use by researchers.]
- The Wanderer: Foreign Landscapes of Enrique Martínez
Celaya, September 30, 2010 - January 16, 2011
from Museum of Biblical Art, NYC. Accessed 3/14.[Access unavailable
as of 2016 audit. There is currently no other acceptable online reference
for this artist. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
- The Word of God: Jeffrey Vallance is
a 2011-12 exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum
which says: "Jeffrey Vallance is a California artist who creates objects,
installations, performance and curatorial works." Also see Jeffrey Vallance at
Wikipedia. Accessed 3/17
Museums, art centers and galleries focusing
on religious art
- Bob Jones University
Museum and Gallery in Greenville, SC contains
in its collections Benjamin
West: The Progress of Revealed Religion.
Religious Arts Center in Buffalo, NY collects
and preserves fine art from closed houses of worship in Western New York.
- Christ In
The Smokies Museum and Gardens in Gatlinburg,
TN features life-size depictions of Biblical themes.
Gallery is located within Life Center Foursquare
Church in Spokane, WA. Accessed 1/20/14.
Adams Gallery, located at the Badè Museum,
Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education, Graduate Theological Union,
in Berkeley, CA, presents "...modern and contemporary art through
thematic exhibitions that provide a new lens for reflecting on spirituality,
belief, ritual and the sacred." Accessed 1/20/14.
- Episcopal Diocese of West
Texas opened Cathedral House Gallery, located
at the Bishop Jones Center in San Antonio, TX. The gallery "showcases
the excellent work of Christian artists and photographers in our diocese
and region." A January 10, 2014 article
in the San Antonio Express-News explains an upcoming exhibt. Accessed
1055, located within the Diocesan House of the
Episcopal Diocese of California in San Francisco, CA, offers temporary
art exhibitions featuring American artists. Accessed 4/14.
- The Jubilee Museum
& Catholic Cultural Center in Columbus, Ohio,
says on its website: "The museum's focus embraces primarily liturgical
art and secondarily any art that in some way tells the story directly or
indirectly of the lives of Christ, Mary, the saints, and the history of
the Catholic Church. The museum also embraces some art that is merely Christian
and helps reference Christian history and the congregations of the Reformation.
The museum holds in high esteem the Jewish faith and preserves a significant
collection of Jewish art and history."
- Manresa Gallery in San Francisco says in its mission statement: "...juxtaposes
traditional and contemporary art to highlight diverse expressions of faith.
It provides a space for local and international artists to contemplate
and expand spiritual practices through artistic expression and community
dialogue." Accessed 4/10/14.
- Museum of Biblical
Art in Dallas, TX has an American Art Gallery.
A Web page for the Museum says that the Gallery contains "American
religious paintings from renowned artists like John LaFarge, Albert Pinkham
Ryder and John Singer Sargent."
- Museum of Biblical Art in New York, NY has exhibitions
featuring American religious art.[Access unavailable as of 2016
audit. There is currently no other acceptable online reference for this
artist. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
of Church History, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints. Website includes images of religious paintings in the museum,
which is located in Salt Lake City. Accessed 1/17
- Museum of Contemporary
Religious Art at Saint Louis University in St.
Louis, MO offers multi-faith exhibits, including several featuring American
- Museum of Religious Arts in Logan, IA offers permanent and rotating exhibits, including
exhibits featuring American artists.
- The National Museum of Catholic
Art and Library in Washington, DC provides exhibitions
of multi-faith art including American artists.
- San Diego Center for
Jewish Culture includes the Gotthelf
Art Gallery with rotating exhibits The Gallery says: "The Gotthelf
Art Gallery is part of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture and is devoted
to expanding and enriching cultural life in San Diego by presenting the
finest in Jewish artistic expressions, encouraging the preservation of
Jewish culture and heritage, and nurturing new creativity in the arts ...
this 1,000 square foot space offers the opportunity for the community at
large to explore the richness and diversity of Jewish culture through exhibits
that feature contemporary artists and a wide variety of visual media."
Accessed August, 2015.
- St. Paul's Monastery Gallery in St. Paul,
MN hosts exhibits of Sacred art. Accessed 1/20/14.
- Seeds Fine Art Exhibits, a ministry of St John's Lutheran Church in Orange, CA, organizes
exhibits on Biblical art. Accessed 11/29/13.
- Thrivent Financial Collection of Religious Art Gallery in Minneapolis, MN is a corporate art collection including American
Recurring Religious-theme exhibitions
- Art for God's Sake in Troy, MI at St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church, is a "...3-day,
multi-faceted exhibition includes an elegant opening-night gala, interactive
art demos, and educational opportunities for all! It also showcases the
non-juried artwork of well-known artists and local clergy and religious."
- Islamic Cultural Center
of Northern California hosted an interfaith art
exhibit May, 2013 in Oakland, CA, curated by members of Christian, Jewish
and Islamic groups, according to an article
published May 9, 2013 by the San
Jose Mercury News. The show is also featured in an article
published on the website of Montclair Presbyterian Church. An article
published April 29, 2015 in the
Contra Costa Times covers the 2015 show. Also see an article
published September 13, 2011 in Examiner.com.
Accessed June, 2015
Art Show and Sale is a juried exhibition held
at Blessed John XXIII Diocesan Center, Lincoln, NE. Accessed 1/20/14.
- Springville Museum of Art Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah Exhibition
is a decades-long tradition of the Museum featuring Utah-based artists.
Multi-faith artworks in the exhibition are eligible for cash awards and
are offered for sale. Workshops and discussions accompany the exhibitions.
- Why a Spiritual Art Show? by Nicholas
P. Heille describes the juried 11th Annual Northeast Minneapolis Spiritual
Art Show, held at John Paul II School's Kolbe Center, "...grown to
where over 9,000 visitors attend its six-day event..." The article
is posted in the SPARGEX - Spiritual Art Guild Exchange website. Accessed
Corita was aired March 03, 2007 on "Weekend America." American
Public Media says "When you think about pop art and counter culture,
in all likelihood, you don't immediately think of a convent in Los Angeles
in the 1960s. Sister Corita Kent was a nun at the Immaculate Heart Convent
in Los Angeles, as well as a teacher in the art department at the Immaculate
Heart College. She was also an artist whose screen prints garnered world-wide
attention. At one point she was on the cover of Newsweek. But she
was also criticized by conservative Catholics, including the archbishop
of the Los Angeles archdiocese. Sister Corita Kent left the convent at the
height of her fame but continued to live a fascinating life. Weekend America
host Bill Radke visits the Corita Art Center in Los Angeles to learn more
about her life and see some of her work."
Public Radio provides archives of its radio program series. An example
Religious Art from All Things Considered, April 13, 2001.
On this Good Friday, Commentator Robert Franklin remarks on the growing
role of art in African-American churches.
WNET/New York produced in its Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
series The Legacy of Howard Finster on October 26, 2001. Tom Patterson,
Howard Finster's biographer, provides insights into the life and career
of the acclaimed artist in two audio clips: 1. "Howard Finster's ministry
and his visual art career were parallel forces..."; 2. "His work
came very much out of his Appalachian background..."
Art of the Missions - California Missions (110) is a 28-minute episode from Huell Howser's California's
Gold television series from December, 2000. It is presented
online without charge by the Chapman
University Huell Howser Archive. Howser first visits a 4th grade classroom
to present students' mission art projects. He then visits the Huntington
Library to view early examples of mission drawings, etchings and paintings,
including artwork of Henry Chapman Ford. He next speaks with Fr. Jerome
Tupa at an exhibition of Fr. Tupa's paintings at the San Diego Historical
Society's museum in San Diego, California's Balboa Park. Lastly, Howser
visits artist Luis Tur, who creates models of missions in his home from
found materials. Accessed January, 2015. Also see Pilgrimage as Metaphor: The Art of Jerome Tupa (1/24/08), published in Resource
and Uses: Chinese American artists Spiritual Journey, (01:09) "'Routes'
is a documentary series about the spiritual odyssey of 12 well-established
Chinese American visual artists: Cui Fei, Ho Sin-ying, Hu Bing, Lin Yan,
Ma Xinle, Shen Ruijun, Song Xin, Tan Liqin, Wei Jia, Zhang Hongtu, Zhang
O, and Zheng Lianjie." from PlaidBagMedia.com. Accessed 11/29/13.
California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation, a Getty Conservation
Institute panel discussion dated October 20, 2009 held at the Harold M.
Williams Auditorium, Getty Center. (1h, 22m)
From CBN.com, a video titled Ron DiCianni:
Painting the Resurrection (04:24) featured the artist discussing The
Resurrection Mural, 12' x 40', oil on canvas, commissioned by the Museum
of Biblical Art in Dallas, TX. [Link found to be expired as of 2015
audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
DVD or VHS videos
Divining the Human: The Cathedral Tapestries of John
Nava is a 2003 feature-length television documentary
in DVD format, directed by David Tlapek, produced by Brookwood Enterprises
and narrated by Edward James Olmos, that follows the creation of tapestries
by artist John Nava for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in Los
Fabric of Survival: The Art of
Esther Nisenthal Krinitz (13-minute DVD or CD) is a documentary film
that includes the interview with Esther Nisenthal Available through Art & Remembrance, which
says: "In 1998, acclaimed filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan spent three days
interviewing Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and family, with her art work as a
focal point. In this beautiful 13-minute documentary film, Kasdan has distilled
Esther's story and art into into a poignant memory of survival." (left:
front box cover of Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz)
Minerva Teichert: A Mission In Paint is a 46 minute video documentary produced and directed by Nicholas
J. Gasdik and written by Tim Slover on the art and life of Minerva Teichert.
See this page from
LDSFilm.com for more information.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #1005 - MOSAICS is a 28 minute 2002 video by Huell
Howser Productions, which says on its website: "You've seen his
work all across the Southland. Meet Denis O'Connor master mosaic artist,
who has created some of the largest and most amazing mosaics in America."
In this video, Denis O'Connor creates a large glass mosaic mural for St.
John Vianney Chapel on Balboa Island, in Newport Brach, CA. Huell follows
the creation of the mural in O'Conner's two studios through to its installation
in the chapel.
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Art, Belief, Meaning: The Visual Arts and the Restored
Gospel : Papers Presented at the First Annual Art, Belief, Meaning Seminar
for Faculty and Students, November 20, December 4, and December 11, 1998, by Christian F. Sorenson. Brigham Young University Museum of
Art, College of Fine Arts and Communications, 1998 - 76 pages
Art and Popular Religion in Evangelical America, 1915-1940, by Robert L. Gambone. Published in 1989 by University of Tennessee
Benjamin West: The Context of His Life's Work with Particular
Attention to Paintings with Religious Subject Matter,
by John Dillenberger. Published in 1977 by Trinity University Press.
Crossroads: Art and Religion in American Life, Published in 2001 by The New Press. Amazon.com reviewer Michael
Joseph Gross says "...Crossroads is a valuable contribution to America's
ongoing project of navigating the complex relationship between its aesthetic
and spiritual ideals..." with "... insightful anthology of seven
essays by prominent artists, art historians, and religious scholars."
Icons of American Protestantism: The
Art of Warner Sallman, By David Morgan. Published 1996 by Yale University
Press. 246 pages. ISBN:0300063423. Google Books says: "This fascinating
book focuses on the production, marketing, and reception of one such set
of religious illustrations, the art of Warner Sallman (1892-1968), whose
'1940 Head Of Christ' has been reproduced an estimated five hundred million
times." Note: Google Books offers
a Limited Preview of this book. For more information on this and other digitizing
initiatives from publishers please click here
and here. (left: front
cover, Icons of American Protestantism: The Art of Warner Sallman, image
courtesy Google Books)
Images of Faith: Art of the Latter-Day Saints, by Richard G. Oman and Robert O. Davis, Publisher: Deseret
Book Co. (September 1995), 202 pages. Includes images of artworks in the
Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City, UT.
Jewish-American Artists and the Holocaust, by Mathew Baigell. Published by Rutgers University Press in 1997.
Jewish Art in America: An Introduction, By Matthew Baigell. Published by Rowman & Littlefield in
2007, 253 pages
Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America, By Samantha Baskind, Publish Date Expected 2/7/2014, Pennsylvania
State University Press, 264 pages, Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-05983-9
The Landscape of Belief: Encountering the Holy Land
in Nineteenth-Century American Art and Culture,
by John Davis. Published by Princeton University Press in 1998. Google Books
says: "This book tells of the nineteenth-century American painters
who, along with photographers, archaeologists, writers, evangelists, and
tourists, flocked to the biblical Holy Land, a world of striking landscape
vistas that reflected, in their eyes, a powerful image of the United States..."
Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's Triumph
of Religion at the Boston Public Library, by Sally
M. Promey. Published by Princeton University Press in 2001.
The Religious Art of Andy Warhol,
By Jane Dillenberger, Andy Warhol. Published 1998 by Continuum International
Publishing Group.128 pages. ISBN:082641334X. Google Books
says: "An examination of the spiritual side of Warhol looks at his
art during his final years, which includes paintings based on Leonardo da
Vinci's "Last Supper," and Warhol's "Skull" and "Cross"
paintings." Note: Google Books
offers a Limited Preview of this book. For more information on this and
other digitizing initiatives from publishers please click here
and here. (right:
front cover, The Religious Art of Andy Warhol, image courtesy Google
Religious Folk Art in America: Reflections of Faith, by C. Kurt Dewhurst, Betty MacDowell, Marsha MacDowell. Published
by E.P. Dutton in association with the Museum of American Folk Art, in 1983.
Seeing the Unseen, by Marianne
Lettieri, Founding Director of Arts of the Covenant in Menlo Park, CA, to
be published by Christians in the Visual Arts. According to Fr. Jim
Blaettler, SJ., Director of Manresa Gallery, Seeing the Unseen will
provide a guide for those interested in launching and managing a church-based
Seven Visions: The Spirit of Religion in Contemporary
Regional Art, by Arnot Art Museum -1991
Signs of Grace: Religion and American
Art in the Gilded Age, by Kristin Schwain. Published in 2007 by Cornell
University Press. On the back cover, Leigh Eric Schmidt of Princeton University
says: "Signs of Grace offers a revealing window on the way in which
the visual arts were given a distinct religious bearing in late Victorian
America-one that accentuated momentary experiences of spiritual and aesthetic
illumination. In this rich and sumptuous book, Kristin Schwain has done
an excellent job of analyzing these forms of spiritualized visuality through
the works of Thomas Eakins, Henry Ossawa Tanner, F. Holland Day, and Abbott
Handerson Thayer." (left: front cover, Signs of Grace: Religion
and American Art in the Gilded Age, image courtesy Google Books)
Saved by Beauty: Sister Mary Charles McGough, OSB, published by St. Scholastica Monastery, 2014. 108 pages.
The Spirit and the Vision: The Influence of Christian
Romanticism on the Development of 19th-century American Art, by Diane Apostolos-Cappadona. Published by Scholars Press, in 1995.
Transforming Images: New Mexican Santos In-between Worlds,
by Claire J. Farago, Donna Pierce. Published by
Pennsylvania State University Press in 2006.
The Visual Arts and Christianity in America: From the
Colonial Period to the Present, by John Dillenberger.
Published in 1984 by Scholars Press (Chico, Calif). Book Review: "Stalking
the Spiritual in the Visual Arts" by David Morgan.
The Visual Culture of American Religions, by David Morgan, Sally M. Promey. Published by University of California
Press in 2001.
A Google Book Search
conducted February 12, 2011 located 307 books featuring the search phrase
"American Religious Art. Forty five books featured Limited Preview.
Journals and Magazines
ARTS Magazine is published by United and the Society for the Arts in Religious
and Theological Studies, New Brighton, MN
Image Journal focuses on the contribution of religious art in America
Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts
is "a peer reviewed journal primarily focusing on the intersection
between the arts and theology, hoping to allow imagination and reason to
be seen as intimately intertwined-as different expressions of the same divine
Magazine "...is a quarterly magazine of
short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art that resonate
with the complexity and truth of the Christian faith."
Articles in paper-printed journals and
Julianne Burton-Carvajal and Scott Shields, "The
Carmel Mission in Art" American Art Review, January-February
2008 (Volume XX, Number 1
Gail E. Husch, "The Landscape of Belief: Encountering
the Holy Land in Nineteenth-Century American Art and Culture," (book
review) Sept, 1997 from The Art Bulletin (Link found expired
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In 2014 TFAO published an article titled "Options for Art Exhibit Programs by Religious Institutions,"
by an anonymous volunteer. The article is intended to provide information
to organizations considering establishing an art exhibit program within
To date, TFAO has not been able to locate significant information
on American art derived from faith communities other than that for Judeo-Christian
topics and information from Middle East Influences
in American Art. Readers and institutions with links and materials derived
from other faith communities to share with TFAO will be appreciated.
TFAO extends thanks to Fr. Jim Blaettler, SJ and Chet Murray
for suggesting information for this topic and to Gayle Larkin, an artist
in San Juan Capistrano, CA, for providing a reference in the above list.
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