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Artists' Bios and Contact Information
Barbara Baumgarten harbors a lifetime passion to serve God through making art. She holds a doctorate in Theology and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union which led to her first book, Visual Art as Theology (1994, New York: Peter Lang Publishing). She alternates her focus between the studio arts (particularly liturgical pieces, art quilts and painting) and writing. She accepts commissions from churches throughout the United States and is currently finishing a book on vestments for Morehouse.
I studied Art Textiles at Goldsmiths College, in London. After getting my degree I started working for the church creating wall hangings and church vestments. I now have work in churches and cathedrals throughout the United Kingdom as well as in private collections throughout the world.
I was born in Indiana in 1956, and after living in Illinois, I eventually settled in Ohio. I studied visual art and psychology. After graduating, I taught painting and photography in a small private school and did freelance illustration.
After marriage and the birth of our children, I developed significant health problems. Through a grace-filled process I eventually discovered that creativity, healing and spirituality are closely connected. I began to make images that emerged from the interior land, turning myself "inside out." I had several gallery exhibits and began to teach with that focus. My work evolved into the creation of vestments and other textiles and eventually the transformation of the entire worship space and the ceremony that moves through it.
I approach the process of making sacred art as a sacrament, an outward and visible sign of and inward truth.
Liturgical artist Victor A. Challenor, the first life professed black lay brother of the Order of the Holy Cross, is a native New Yorker and was Sacristan at the Church of the Intercession in Harlem at the time he painted the Christ in Glory processional cross. Shortly thereafter he left the order to work in the library of the Union Theological Seminary before taking up full time design and creation of liturgical vestments in 1985. Today he and the Reverend Paul Woodrum, partners in Challwood Studio, Brooklyn, New York, are dedicated to creating contemporary, custom designed liturgical vestments and church appointments.
Nancy has adorned sacred spaces for about 25 years, working in most denominational settings for special events, seasons, or conference settings. Her teaching is bicoastal in various seminaries. She accepts commissions for work that is site specific or she will work with the local parish or church to create their own work.
Amy Real Coultas is a Fiber/Mixed Media Artist living in the Diocese of Kentucky, where she is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Louisville. She has a BFA in Fibers from the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville. Her work often deals with religious themes, and the process of creating these works is for her a useful and meaningful form of worship and prayer.
After pursuing a (very) liberal arts education in Connecticut, France and Spain, I obtained an Associate Degree in Visual Communication from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I worked as a printmaker for several Washington area artists through WD Printmaking Workshop in Washington, DC. My artwork is narrative, oil paintings have been shown with Art Justice League of Washington exhibits in the 1980's, at the Washington FDIC, and at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. My work for the last few decades has been visual support for business-to-business communications using computergraphic technologies. I am also a student of the life sciences, and art making for me is an expression of how our human story plays out in the natural setting of God's grand design. I enjoy the synergy of collaboration with others, and creating the banners with other women at St. Christopher's was a wonderful way to explore and share our ideas about the meaning of Advent and the miracle of the Christmas story.
Eliza Linley is a native California architect, artist, and Episcopal priest. Her work centers around pastoral care and the intersection between ministry and the arts. She does architectural consulting with churches in order to 'make our buildings do what we say they do.' She has done architectural and furniture design for various churches and, in the last four years, has been working in hand dyed silk for liturgical and home use. She received her BFA from Smith College, her Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and her MDiv from CDSP. She currently serves at St. John the Baptist, Capitola, CA, and is active at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley encouraging hands-on art courses for theological students.
Previously a professional exhibit and graphic designer for 15 years. Currently teaching in the Art Department of Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minnesota and continuing as a free-lance designer. Creating banners and installations and leading art classes at my church are labors of love for my Saviour.
Bryan Paatz has maintained his own Design Studio since 1981.
Judith Peacock's career in vestment making began in the early 1980s when, as a novice, she joined the Blackburn Diocesan Fellowship of Church Needleworkers. The ease with which she adapted to the techniques of metal thread work led to an increased interest in stitchery and above all, in design. She embarked upon the City and Guilds courses in Embroidery and Stitched Textiles (Lancaster 1985-1987; Windsor 1987-1989) and the success she enjoyed here led to a Diploma in Stitched Textiles (East Berkshire College, Windsor 1991).
By 1992, Judith felt the need to take a break from stitching in order to broaden her experience in the wider field of Art and especially of Design. She joined the Art for Community programme at the University of Surrey Roehampton where she studied basic techniques in printing, stained glass, photography and life-drawing which were underpinned by courses in the history of art and aesthetics. For her final examination presentation, Judith undertook a commission to create a red altar frontal for the Priory Church of St Mary, Lancaster, entitled The Power of the Spirit, alongside a dissertation based on the history of the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall in Tudeley Church, Kent. She was subsequently awarded a BA (1st Class Honours) in 1994.
Throughout this period of concentrated study, Judith's interest in designing for the Church had become unquestionably her speciality. As her experience, knowledge and understanding of ecclesiastical textiles developed, she had moved away from the inclusion of traditional Christian symbols in her own work to freer, more open forms of design. Three questions were, however, of increasing personal concern to her: Why had she chosen to design in this way? Who was she designing for? What relevance did her designs bear upon worship in the Anglican Church?
In order to tackle these questions seriously, she embarked upon a programme of research which entailed the production of commissioned works (St Mary's Church, Putney, London; St Faith's Church, Wandsworth, London; The Priory Church of St Mary, Lancaster) alongside a thesis entitled Ecclesiastical Vestments as Works of Art: Intertextuality, Meaning and Design. For this work, she was awarded a PhD in Art and Theology by the University of Surrey Roehampton in July 2000.
Judith is now working freelance under the name of Guyllstone Vestments.
I have been a quiltmaker for over ten years, but I have just recently begun making art quilts. I am a member of the American Quilters' Society and the online forum QuiltArt, and a regular participant in Quilting by the Lake, a quilt seminar held annually in Morrisville, NY. All my quilts emphasize the impact of color, and all my art quilts so far have had spiritual themes. My work Labyrinth is now being shown in Fine Focus, a juried exhibition of small art quilts currently located in San Jose, California.
Ellen Quigley received a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Bowling Green State University in 1985. In May of 2001 Ellen received a Diploma in Theological Studies from the Lay School of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary. A self-taught artist, Ellen Quigley's recent work reflects the recent revival of artistic passions that went undeveloped after college. After a short-lived but successful career as a nursing home administrator, Ellen left corporate health care in order to dedicate herself to the raising of her now seven year-old daughter.
While living in Alexandria Virginia during the time that her husband received a divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary, Ellen began her own ministry project. She began sewing quilted sleeping bags for homeless men and women in nearby downtown Washington, D.C., and this labor of love swiftly revived the heart of this artist. After producing more than one hundred (ironically beautiful) quilted sleeping bags, Ellen took a break from this labor-intensive ministry and began putting together colorful fabrics in order to create abstract compositions that communicate her faith journey.
Ellen's recent work is inspired and informed by her love of artists such as Gustav Klimt, her work in Virginia Theological Seminary's Lay School of Theology, and her desire to know and to speak of God with more than words.
I have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and for ten years worked as a research scientist at NASA. Currently a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer, I like to write "Liturgical Artist" in the "occupation" blank when filling out forms, though I have little formal training in art. Art can be sacramental, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. My passion is to express God's presence among us through visual images, using both traditional symbols as well as images that come out of my own experience of God. My medium is fabric quilted and/or screen-printed. The results are wall hangings, liturgical banners, vestments, and t-shirts. Much of my work is for the home, some for churches and clergy. This work fills me with joy.
Sara B. Waterbury studied at Rhode Island School of Design and Washington University where she received a B.F.A. in painting. Her graduate degree was a Masters of Aesthetics in Teaching from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has been exhibiting her work since 1972. Many of her shows were in St. Louis at Martin Schweig Gallery and for the last eight years at Elliot Smith Contemporary Art. She has a show there now from May 25 through July 1. She has been shown in New York at the Drawing Center and at Neo Persona Gallery. Shows in other places are Austin, Texas and Quebec, Canada. She is currently living in Southern California, Riverside, and has shown in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Irvine, Los Angeles and Berkeley. Her church work has been at the Kreske Chapel in Claremont, James Chapel at Union Theological Seminary, All Saints Episcopal Church in Riverside, The Cathedral of St. Paul in Los Angelus, The First Congregational Church in Berkeley for the GTU presidential inauguration.
Carol Webb is a quilt artist living in Wilmington, Delaware and a member of St. David's Episcopal Church. She has been quilting since 1992. Primarily self-taught, she began designing her own quilts in 1997. She is a member of the Brandywine Valley Quilter's Guild and the American Quilter's Society. Her work has been shown in juried regional exhibitions and won awards in both art and quilt shows.
Sewing, painting, and teaching are themes of my life. Since childhood I have been interested in textiles and art. My study of liturgy and participation in worship have led me to create unique vestments and paraments. My dream is that congregations will commission artists to create one- of-a-kind art for their sacred space. My future holds more learning, creating, designing, exploring and risk-taking. I am a graduate of EFM (Education For Ministry) 1989, now serving as a consultant. Member of CIVA and VISIONS. Board of directors Sanctuary for the Arts.
Challwood Studio partner Paul Woodrum wrote his STB thesis at the General Theological Seminary on liturgical architecture, a form follows function follows theology approach. After ordination he tested his ideas while pastor of churches which needed restoration, renovation or building from the ground up, gaining a reputation for innovative solutions which led to consultations with churches seeking to renew their liturgical arrangements in accordance with the Liturgical Movement inspired rites of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. In 1981, while an associate priest at the Church of the Intercession, Manhattan, New York, he joined forces with Victor Challenor, the parish's sacristan. His designs tend to emphasize structure, asymmetry and primary colors. Since 1987, as Fr. Paul, he has served as assistant priest at the Church of St. Alban the Martyr, St. Albans, New York.
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