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(above: Mathias Joseph Alten, Mission San Juan Capistrano, c. 1934, oil on canvas, 26 x 32 inches, Grand Valley State University Art Gallery. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)

Oded Halahmy: Exile is Home  is a 2018 exhibit at the Bronx Museum of the Arts  which says: "Oded Halahmy: Exile is Home includes over 100 works representing Halahmy's work from the mid-1960s to the present and features a selection of Judaica ­ handmade by the artist for Hanukkah and Sukkah celebrations with close friends. Halahmy currently lives and works in New York and Old Jaffa, Israel."  Also see artist's website  Accessed 5/18

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

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 Art in the Age of Contact: Chumash and Latin American Traditions in Santa Barbara is a 2017 exhibit at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum (UC Santa Barbara)  which says: "Sacred Art in the Age of Contact  focuses on the relationship between art and religion in both Chumash and Spanish traditions in the early Mission period, highlighting themes of devotion, sacred space, language and materiality. The exhibition investigates the mutually transformative interaction among these traditions, and will draw implications for the ways in which one can understand the cultural dynamics of Santa Barbara County today."  Accessed 11/17

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.

"Shaker Gift Paintings," By Daniel W. Patterson. Accessed July, 2016

Sharon Kopriva: No Small Thing is a 2019 exhibit at the Hilliard Museum which says: "Spending a great deal of time looking at and thinking about the work in Sharon Kopriva: No Small Thing is refreshingly humbling and ought to give one pause. At risk of presenting Kopriva's work as resolutely Old Testament, most images you will see illustrate how even small decisions can have big consequences." Also see artist's website  Accessed 5/20

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 lists

Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent, an exhibit held September 27, 2014 - January 4, 2015 at the Baker Museum. Accessed March, 2015.

"Stalking 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 Accessed 11/13.

Steve 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, 2015

Tasha Robbins: Malachim: Coming Out of Darkness  is a 2019 exhibit at the University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst which says: "Robbins' body of work is both an abecedarian adventure in paint and a personal meditation on the Letters of the Hebrew Alphabet depicted in, what is known as, angelic script, in an effort to keep their meaning in contemporary life."   Also see These Are My Angels at Big Bridge

Tesoros 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

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

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


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