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Loren Baker

Sandra Bowden

Gurdon Brewster

Nancy Chinn

Kate Curry

Donald Forsythe

Erica Grimm-Vance

Edward Knippers

Krystyna Sanderson

Mary Trent Scott

Susan Kelly vonMedicus





Artist List

Loren Baker
17D Nicole Drive
Spencerport, NY 14559
phone: 716/594-6441

For several years Loren has been examining the lives of Christian saints and martyrs. He is particularly interested in the relationship which exists between pain, suffering and ecstasy (spiritual experience). I work with pre-constructed objects. The creative process involves finding the common denominators not always readily discernible in the isolated pieces, and reinterpreting them physically and psychologically bringing unity to the finished work. Baker's work is a visual dialogue exploring the sacredness of life as it relates to sacrifice.

Sandra Bowden
30 Attucks Trail
Chatham, MA 02633
phone: 508/945-4026
e-mail: sandbowden@aol.com

Sandra Bowden has had over 50 one-person shows including the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, the Haifa Museum in Israel, Patmos Gallery, Toronto, and Foxhall Gallery in Washington, D.C. Her work has been in numerous invitations show and juried exhibitions, most recently with a piece in Anno Domini: Jesus Through the Centuries at the Provincial Museum in Alberta. Her works are found in the Vatican Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, corporate and private collections throughout the world. Featured articles on her work have been found in Christianity Today, Christianity and the Arts, as well as in E. Gene Vieth's book State of the Arts: From Bezalel to Maplethorpe. For the past seven years she has served as President of Christians in the Visual Arts.

Gurdon Brewster
376 Shaffer Rd.
Newfield, NY 14867
phone: 607-564-9569
e-mail: gurdonbrewster@aol.com

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.

Nancy Chinn
3051 Parker Ave.
Oakland, CA 94605
phone: 510/569-4020
e-mail: gleechinn@aol.com

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 crfeate their own work.

Kate Curry
19842 Portal Plaza
Cupertino, CA 05014
phone: 408-252-7210
e-mail: katecurry@earthlink.net
web: www.katecurry.com

Kate Curry is a nationally recognized artist living in northern California. She is known for her landscape paintings which vibrate with rich color. She has been in numerous exhibitions nationally, and is represented by galleries on both the west coast and the eastern part of the United States.

Her work is found in the collections of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., the Brookings Institute, IBM, and many private collections.

She is a member of Christians in the Visual Arts and has been workshop lead for the Glen Workshop offered by IMAGE Journal and CIVA.

Donald J. Forsythe
P.O. Box 316
Grantham, PA 17027
phone: 717-697-0431
fax: 717-796-5268
e-mail: dforythe@messiah.edu

Don Forsythe was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1955. He was educated at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (B.S. in Art Education, 1977) and at the Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Fine and Applied Art (MFA, 1979)

Don has taught undergraduates in a wide variety of subjects, first at RIT, and then at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. For the past 19 years he has been at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, where he is currently Professor of Art and Director of the Aughinbaugh Art Gallery.

A prolific artist as well as involved teacher, Don works in the fields of printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture. A successful commission to design six stained glass windows at his home parish, The Cathedral Church of St. Stephen in Harrisburgh, PA, led to an invitation to design eight large windows in the Worship Center of the Mission Hills Baptist Church in Littleton, Colorado. In his smaller work as well as larger architectural commissions, Don seeks to add a contemporary viewpoint to historic christian ideas and symbols.

Erica Grimm-Vance
344-1000 Parker St.
Vancouver B.C. Canada V6A 2H2
phone:. 604 730-8326
e-mail: cevance@home.com
web: http:/members.home.net/cevance

Erica Grimm-Vance is an artist based in Vancouver. She has gallery representation in Vancouver, Regina, Ottawa and Toronto, has exhibited widely in Canadian public galleries, and is included in collections such as the Canadian Council Art Bank, Center for Ecumenism, the Graham Center, and The Vatican Contemporary Collection. She co-ordinates the Visual Arts Dept. at Trinity Western University.

The task of making visible the largely invisible spiritual realities, using a contemporary visual vernacular, has fueled Erica's work for the past eighteen years. Exploring the body as site of meaning and using material as metaphor locate the crux of her recent work in encaustic which juxtaposes hard edged planes with organic/figurative surfaces.

Edward Knippers
2408 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
phone/fax: 703-527-5934
email: ecknippers@aol.com

Edward Knippers received his MFA in painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has participated in fellowship and study programs in Paris and Salzburg. He has been in over 100 one-person and invitational exhibitions, and has work in many museums, colleges, and individual collections. His painting have been featured in Life Magazine, IMAGE Journal, and numerous other books. He is on the board of Christians in the Visual Arts and has dedicated his time and effort to the arts movement within the church.

Krystyna Sanderson
453 E. 14th St., Apt. 12E
New York, NY 10009
phone: 212-673-5430
e-mail: krystyna@krystynaphotography.com
web: http://www.krystynaphotography.com

Krystyna Sanderson, born in Poland, came to the United States in 1970. She received an M.F.A. in painting and photography from Texas Tech University and moved to New York City in 1979. Her photographs have been published and widely exhibited, and are in collections in the United States and abroad. She taught photography at The New School and at St. John's University, was a staff photographer for the New York City Police Department and is currently a freelance photographer. She is a contributing artist for the book It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God.

Krystyna resides in Manhattan. She worships at Grace Episcopal church where she is a member of the vestry. She has been an active member of CIVA for the last five years.

Mary Trent Scott
2816 HunterMill Rd.
Oakton, VA 22124

A native Virginian, naive artist Mary Trent Scott began painting in 1984 at the age of 45. With no formal art training, Scott painted family memories, people, places and events because "my artist friends would not paoint the pictures I described to them. So I had to do it myself." Scott lives on an old dairy farm in Oakton, Virginia where the barn serves as her studio. She has exhibited work in numberous group and solo shows since 1987. An Episcopalian, her most recent work depicts traditional Biblical motifs and stories. She is a member of Christians in the Visual Arts. Mary Trent Scott's painting can be seen at Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC or directly through the artist.

Susan Kelly vonMedicus
700 Montgomery Ave.
Fort Washington, PA 19034
phone: 215-646-4324
e-mail: eikon68@aol.com

Susan von Medicus is an Episcopalian mother of three. She received her education at Mater Misericordia Academy, The Baldwin School and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. she also has studied for nine years udner the master iconographer Vladislov Andrejev.

Her works are in the collections of many churches and cherished by numerous individuals. She has illustrated a children's book, Letter from Heaven, an illuminated alphabet, published by Conciliar Press, Ben Lomand, CA

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