You are welcome to view the exhibition in any order.
Gurdon Brewster has been a sculptor since high school. With acclaimed portraits in his seminary and college, Gurdon is primarily engaged in figurative sculpture. His main body of work is in small bronzes, with a smaller number of works in carved wood. Some figures contain Biblical themes and spiritual motifs, while others reflect global concerns such as famine and hunger. His experience living in India has inspired much of his work.
Gurdon's professional work as a university chaplain has led him to explore
the interface between the arts and theology. He has led seminars and workshops
on creativity and spirituality in an effort to help people regain and
develop their creative gifts. He has sculptures in numerous collections
in the United States and abroad.
Victor A. Challenor
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.
Thomas Faulkner works in a variety of media to address contemporary political, social and theological issues. He has done site-specific installations at the Boston Architectural Center, the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Worship Center (designed by Romaldo Giurgola) at St. Bede Abbey in Peru, Illinois, and in Bryant Park (grant from the Public Art Fund), the City Cultural Center (funded by the Athena Foundation), and Socrates Sculpture Park -- all in New York City. He also creates smaller scale three dimensional sculpture and photographically documented conceptual pieces. His work has been reviewed in the Boston Herald, the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, the New Art Examiner, and the National Herald. Thomas Faulkner is priest in the diocese of New York.
A Washington native, Colleen Meacham has been photographing and printing in black and white for several years. Her travels in Europe and Hawaii, spiritual and creative journeys, inspire photographic subjects. Educated at the University of Washington, BA, Art Education, Colleen has exhibited in many national as well as local exhibitions.
Colleen, a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Kirkland, is a member of Christians in the Visual Arts and Seattle Art Museum Photo Council and her work can be currently seen at Photomontage Gallery in La Conner, WA.
Margaret (Peggy) Adams Parker is a printmaker and sculptor whose work often depicts religious themes. The woodcuts in this exhibition are part of a set of Stations of the Cross on which she has been working for the past five years and which she hopes to complete by 2005. She is also working on a set of 19 woodcuts to accompany a new translation of The Book of Ruth, to be published by Westminster John Knox. In November she will exhibit a series of prints and sculpture based on drawings she made on a recent trip to Jerusalem. Peggy's sculpture, Mary with the infant Jesus, is now in place at the College of Preachers, on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral, and will be officially dedicated this spring.
Peggy is also an adjunct instructor in Liturgics, Music and Art at Virginia Theological Seminary. She has published articles on religion and the visual arts in The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, Evangelical Outlook, and Virginia Seminary Journal. In 1999 she traveled to Jerusalem to present a paper on "Rembrandt's Visual Readings of Hebrew Scripture" at an international symposium, The Bible in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Art.
Peggy is a summa cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University. She has been awarded a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Painting. A life-long Episcopalian, her home parish is St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia. She is a member of CIVA.
I was born and have lived in Washington, DC most of my life. My work reflects the diversity of this city. I studied at the Corcoran School of Art, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the University of Virginia. I am the recipient of several grants and commissions. My work is in collections world wide. I was Artist in Residence at the Wesley Theological Seminary. I am now showing at the Washington Theological Union. My work has been published by the Augsburg Press and I am the illustrator for From Genesis to Revelation by Christine Haapala.
I work in watercolor on wood and on paper. On my wood pieces, I incorporate metal leaf and collage. I also work in stained glass and pastel. I consider myself primarily a portrait artist, although I do not limit myself to doing only portraits.
Lucretia Robbins is an award winning artist who has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. She is a BFA graduate of Beaver College with departmental honors in printmaking and a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant. Her work is represented in private collections in the U.S., Europe, and the West Indies.
Anne Wetzel began her career in photography eight years ago after leaving her administrative position in the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Her fascination with photography began when Fine Arts faculty member, Becky Young, invited Anne to study with her at the University. Drawing inspiration from her love of gardening, she initially chose flowers as models, photographing them in the studio in black and white. She then moved on to landscape photography, also in black and white.
Her subsequent interest in human subject was sparked when she attended the Holy Week services at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago, and discovered one of her true photographic interests, the worship of God in its many forms. "I was deeply struck by the visual power of these ancient rites. I wanted to explore and capture with the camera the interplay of darkness and light; the juxtaposition of the familiar and the strange; moments of inwardness, isolation, intimacy and communion; the vulnerable human being moving in community to encounter the mystery of God." Her Holy Week project evolved into an exhibition that has traveled to several venues on the east coast and to Chicago.
In July 1998 Anne joined the communication team of the Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion in Canterbury, England as a photographer. There, caught up with the Conference's diversity. and with the need to find a unifying symbol, she discovered the wonderful pectoral crosses worn by the bishops. In May 2000 she spent a week at Chartres Cathedral photographing the cathedral and especially the labyrinth which is an integral part of the cathedral's history. In the spring of 2001 Anne will travel to China, photographing the ancient form of Chinese healing work known as qi gong. Anne has exhibited in Philadelphia, Chicago and Maine.
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