"I am the light of
the world. If any man follow me, he shall not walk in darkness but shall
have the light of life." John 8:12
Advent, the beginning of the church year, occurs during the darkest days
of Winter when the lush beauty of nature has disappeared and our souls
long for warmth. During this season we prepare for the coming of Light
from Light through treasured rituals of greening naves, lighting advent
candles, lessons and carols, reflection and meditation. These Advent
traditions serve as symbols for our search in darkness for the mystery of
How do we find and manifest that light?
Lux Mundi, the Light of the World.
ECVA calls for images that give vision to longing for light in the
darkness and growing anticipation of the birth of Christ.
How do we find this light in our inner landscapes?
How is His light manifested in your heart? During this season of darkness
how do you imagine the coming light of life for all to see?
Exhibition Publication Date:
November 30, 2008
November 1, 2008
The exhibition banner seen above is by Jan Neal, ECVA Exhibitions
is an ECVA exhibit. Artists wishing to submit art for this
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have exhibited with ECVA in the past eight years will both become a member
of The Artists Registry and submit entries for this Call.
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this Call: Light of the World
Images, right, by
Margaret Adams Parker, clockwise: Sculpture (detail) Ruth
and Naomi, 1996, plaster over armature, 45
African Exodus, 1997, 2-color woodcut,
handprinted on Okawara, edition of 50, 12 x 7 inches; Winter Stream,
2007, woodcut on BFK Rives, edition of 5, 17 x 22 inches
Curator's opening statement
Many religious traditions draw a link between light and the holy;
what distinguishes us as Christians is our belief that the Light
became incarnate and lived among us. How do we understand Light as a
manifestation of the mystery and power of God the Creator and
as the Light of the World, the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ? How is
that light manifested in our lives? How might imagery express an
understanding of Light: as the longed-for and ineffable presence of
the Holy and/or as the concrete embodiment of the Holy, in
scripture, in our own lives, in the world around us?
About the Curator:
Adams Parker has a dual vocation: as an artist and
as a teacher in the church. Her artworks – sculptures and prints -
often treat religious and social justice themes. Her sculpture of
MARY is installed at
the Cathedral College (at Washington National Cathedral) and at
churches across the country. Her sculpture
depicting the parable of the prodigal son, is at Duke Divinity
School. Her woodcuts accompany Ellen Davis’ translation,
Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading
Ruth through Image and Text (Westminster John Knox,
2003). Her suite of 15 woodcuts,
WOMEN, is owned by the
Library of Congress, and her woodcut,
African Exodus, is the
frontispiece to the UNHCR publication,
Refugee Children. She
is currently completing drawings for life-sized figures picturing
the Communion of Saints, to be etched onto glass panels for St.
Agnes Catholic Church, Shepherdstown, WV.
Parker has taught since 1992 on the adjunct faculty at Virginia
Theological Seminary; she also writes and lectures widely. She
contributed essays to Scrolls of
Love – Ruth and the Song of Songs (Fordham University
Press) and Heaven (Seabury
Press) and wrote a catalogue essay for
(Religious Art by African American Artists), an exhibition held at
Yale Divinity School.