Religious American Art

Online Audio Recordings and Videos


(above:  Edward Hicks (American, Langhorne, Pennsylvania 1780-1849 Newton, Pennsylvania), Peaceable Kingdom, ca. 1830-32, Oil on canvas, 17 7/8 x 23 7/8 in. (45.4 x 60.6 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1970)

Online Audio Recordings

Sister 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."

National Public Radio provides archives of its radio program series. An example is Black 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..."


Online Videos

 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 Library.

 Arts 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 Accessed 11/29/13.

 The 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, 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. 

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