Art, like prayer, is always an expression of longing. Wendy Beckett

Conferences and Events in 2020


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May 2022, Palais Universitaire, 9 place de l’Universite, Strasbourg : une exposition et un colloque à Strasbourg sur le thème des Idoles. La Faculté des Arts de l’Université de Strasbourg vous invite au colloque européen "Fin des idoles, actualité des images" qui se déroulera à la Faculté de Strasbourg en mai 2022 (date encore à préciser) En lien avec le colloque, une exposition collective d’art contemporain "Sacrées idoles !" se tiendra au Temple Neuf de Strasbourg à la même période.

17 June 2022, Institut Catholique, Paris: CALL FOR PAPERS. Due November 15, 2021. The Artist as Truth-Teller and the Legacy of French Artist Georges Rouault. A Symposium to be held in honor of the recent 150th anniversary of the birth of French modern master Georges Rouault. Many contemporary artists regard their work as having a moral as well as aesthetic function. They conceive of the artist as a visual truth-teller who exposes social and spiritual injustice. Through their work, these artists envision a more perfect world. This prophetic role for the artist can be rooted, in part, in figures of Judeo-Christian prophets, from Abraham to Moses to Isaiah to John the Baptist. These prophets model a non-cynical intersection of spiritual purpose and material action that continues to inspire artists to work both within and beyond the studio/gallery/museum with a belief that art can call a reimagined reality into being. ASCHA welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers that explore the work of post-World War II to contemporary artists whose work can be understood through the lens of a Judeo-Christian model of prophetic social and spiritual action such as taken up by French modern master Georges Rouault (for whom 2021 represents 150th anniversary of his birth). Papers should focus on the work of a single artist or group of artists, rather than attempt to give an overview of this entire history. Preference will be given to papers that point to the legacy or influence of Georges Rouault but other topics within this symposium’s focus will be considered. Papers may be delivered in French or English. We anticipate bringing approximately 20 scholars (professors and students) and 10 donors and collectors for a total of 30 participants. We hope to see a publication forthcoming from the symposium. Proposals of no more than 300 words, accompanied by CV and a cover letter, are due by November 15, 2021 and should be sent by e-mail to both Dr. Linda Stratford at and Dr. James Romaine at Previously presented or published papers, as well as papers already committed to publication, will be considered but should be specifically indicated as such. Acceptance of papers assumes a commitment to attend and participate. 



26 October, 9, 23 and 30 November, 7 and 14 December, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden Online Curators’ Talks on Vermeer. The exhibition 'Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection' opened in September at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden. The centerpiece of this exhibition is the museum’s own Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (1657-59), which was recently revealed after a four-year restoration project. Nine other Vermeers are included in the show, of which eight are international loans such as ‘The Little Street’ (ca. 1658) from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Woman Holding a Balance (ca.1664) from the National Gallery of Art. The museum is organizing a series of online talks by curators of the lending institutions. Each curator discusses the Vermeer from their collection. The sessions are in English or German and are free to attend but require advance registration. Each talk is followed by a Q&A. The closing talks of the series will take place on 14 December.

29 Oktober – 31 Oktober, Ev. Akademie, Gesundbrunnen 11, Hofgeismar: Gott raus – Kunst rein? Positionen zum Verhältnis von Kunst und Kirche in der Gegenwart. In Kooperation mit der Artheon-Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst und Kirche e.V., Berlin. Vor einiger Zeit fragte der Kunstkritiker Hanno Rauterberg in der ZEIT, ob es zur aktuellen gesellschaftlichen Entwicklung gehöre, dass es im Blick auf den Kirchenraum heiße: „Gott raus, Kunst rein?“ Trifft das für das Verhältnis von Kunst und Kirche in der Gegenwart zu? Oder gibt es theologische Gründe, die Kunst in die Kirchen einzuladen und ästhetische Gründe, sich mit den Atmosphären des Religiösen und seinen Räumen auseinanderzusetzen? Was haben die Kirchen in den letzten 50 Jahren auf diesem Gebiet geleistet, ist es ihnen gelungen, nach einer langen Zeit der Abwendung von der zeitgenössischen Kunst, wieder auf Augenhöhe mit ihr zu kommen? Und wie sehen Künstler*innen diese Begegnungen, was bedeutet ihnen die Kirche als Arbeits- und Korrespondenzraum? Inwieweit ist dabei die documenta ein Maßstab gewesen? Die Tagung sucht im Gespräch mit Künstler*innen, Kunstwissenschaftler*innen und Theolog*innen eine Bestandsaufnahme des Verhältnisses von Kunst und Religion und fragt nach Perspektiven für die Zukunft.

12 November, 17 – 18 U, Hospitalhof, Büchsenstr. 33, Stuttgart: Rundgang und Gespräch zur Ausstellung „Antlitz.Würde.Schmerz“. Mit Pfarrer Johannes Koch, Kunstbeauftragter der Ev. Landeskirche in Württemberg, Verein für Kirche und Kunst der Ev. Landeskirche in Württemberg. Eine Ausstellung der Stiftung Christliche Kunst Wittenberg. Zu sehen sind Arbeiten von Georges Rouault, Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Günter Grass, Bernhard Heisig, Pablo Picasso, Michael Morgner, Kurt Mühlenhaupt, Michael Triegel, Joseph Beuys u. a. Die Kunstwerke der Ausstellung thematisieren existentielle Grundfragen menschlichen Lebens im Spiegel biblischer Bilder, Gleichnisse oder Themen der christlichen Ikonographie. Erkennbar wird, dass und wie selbst die jüngste Kunst durch die abendländische-christliche Tradition geprägt wird.



21 April – 23 April 2022, Jheronimus Bosch Art Center Jeroen Boschplein 2, 's-Hertogenbosch: Defining boundaries: Jheronimus Bosch, his workshop, and his followers. After hosting similar meetings in 2001, 2007, 2012, and 2016, the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, will organize a fifth conference on April 21-23, 2022: Separate sessions will be organized around individual works and copies after those paintings, among which the Temptations of Saint Anthony in Lisbon and the Last Judgement in Vienna. A third topic will be the Carrying of the Cross in Ghent and related scenes of the Passion in Princeton and Amsterdam. More details and a formal call for papers will go out after the summer, but our aim is to welcome attendees in person to the historical city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

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22 October, 20 h, English L'Abri Friday Night Lecture, online: Why Ordinary Life is Worth Living Beautifully: Edith Schaeffer's Legacy of 'Hidden Art’. By Emily Bowyer, former L’Abri worker. The Schaeffer's made significant contributions to the philosophy of art and art theory. Reviewing  "Art and the Bible" we will use their ideas as a lens to examine some artworks. To join the lectures via zoom, follow the link below.  The password is Lecture.

1, 15 & 29 November, 17 h, Oxford Centre for the Reception History of the Bible, The Britton Room, Trinity College, Broad St, Oxford: The Bible in Art, Music and Literature Seminar. Convenor, Dr Christine Joynes, 1 November, Chloe Church (Exeter). Incarnating the Word in Image: The Visual Biblical Reception of Luke 1:26-38 in Durante Alberti’s Annunciation (1588). 15 November, at 16.30 h not 17 h, Rebekah Eklund (Loyola, Maryland). The Beatitudes through the Ages. To register for the link please email 29 November, Jennifer Sliwka (King’s College, London). The Last Dance: Re-imagining the story of Salome and John the Baptist. 

2 November, 17.30 – 19.30 h, The Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge: The Importance and Impact of George Steiner's Real Presences. Zoom event. Real Presences is an extraordinary book by George Steiner, which every thinker should be familiar with. Steiner argues that the waters have been thoroughly muddied in our engagement with art and literature, provides a profound diagnosis of the causes, and proposes a surprising, theological solution. Our Research Fellow in Media, Journalism and Communications, Dr Jenny Taylor, will lead us through the argument of the book and set the framework for engagement with it.

4 November, 18.30 h, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London: Join Art + Christianity for a curator's tour of the exhibition ‘A Clay Sermon’ by the artist Theaster Gates. In Christian scripture, the relationship between God and humanity is analogous to the potter working with clay. ‘As a potter’, according to Gates, ‘you learn how to shape the world’. The exhibition includes a new film by Gates in which the artist brings together his vocation as a potter and ritual Christian practices. We will be joined by the Rev'd Jarel Robinson-Brown in dialogue with the curator and attendees.

5 November, 20 h, English L'Abri Friday Night Lecture, online: The Great Dance: C S Lewis and the Discarded Image of Medieval Hierarchy. By Caleb Woodbridge, English Scholar and  InterVarsity Press Editor. Our culture views power and authority with the greatest of suspicion. Exploring The Divine Comedy, Romance of the Rose and The Consolation of Philosophy by way of Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength, I look at how Lewis in The Discarded Image and the medieval tradition can help us not simply assert the truth of a Biblical view of authority, but see and live out its beauty and goodness. To join the lectures via zoom, follow the link below.  The password is Lecture.

26 November, 20 h, English L'Abri Friday Night Lecture, online: Imagining the New Creation By Dr. Jim Paul, L’Abri Worker. We will be looking at the visions of the new creation in art and literature as a way of helping us imagine the good life, both now and not yet. To join the lectures via zoom, follow the link below.  The password is Lecture.

3 December, 20 h, English L'Abri Friday Night Lecture, online: Worldview and Culture: Rethinking our Categories. By Josué Reichow, L’Abri Worker. The concept of worldview has become widely used by many of us and certainly within L’Abri. In this lecture, we will be looking at the origins of this concept and some of the critiques of its uses, attempting to respond to them, reassessing how and why we employ this term, especially as we engage with culture. To join the lectures via zoom, follow the link below. The password is Lecture.

9 December, 18.30 h, The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London: In the beginning: the development of film and photography in the representation of faith. Speakers, Sheona Beaumont and Jolyon Mitchell, : ill address the progress of photography and film in its earliest forms and uses in representing people and places of faith. The talk will be chaired by the artist and Chaplain of UAL, Mark Dean. Organised by A + C.



Fall 2021, Wednesday 10 – 13 h, Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, online: With/Out Reason: Art and Imagination in the Western Tradition by Dr. Rebekah Smick. Today the imagination occupies an august, if ill-defined, place in the popular mindset. While we might at some level link the imagination to the arts, its capacities for innovation are thought to span all human creative endeavours across the arts and sciences. In Western society today, thinking imaginatively, or outside the box, is a deeply revered feature of our strongly individualistic culture. Yet, until the eighteenth century, the products of human imagination were understood to be unavoidably communal insofar as they were thought to generate certain palpable effects. For good or ill, works of the imagination were expected to aesthetically impact all those who encountered them. They were never simply the result of abstract thought processes that functioned at a level beyond expected norms. Rather, imaginative inventions were governed by an understanding of the imagination in its most ordinary sense as that which creates mental images. This course will examine the consequences of this understanding of the imagination for the Western tradition and how it has led to where we are today. Through an investigation of key philosophical and theological texts (e.g. Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Kant, Schelling, Coleridge, Derrida) as well as works of art (e.g. Shakespeare, Blake, Wordsworth), it will look at the place of image and imagination in a variety of forms of cognition from the ‘objective’ world of phenomenon to the ‘inobjective’ world of the highest truths. It will consider the traditional place of imagination in ethical theory. And it will clarify the inextricability of the arts and artistry from this history as well as offer points of departure for a theory of imagination today.

7 July – 9 July 2022, Montreal, Ellulian Perspectives on Sustainability and the Arts in a Technological Society. With a Call for Papers. Artists may consider doing a presentation too. Registration will begin in September. See



4 November 2021 – 6 November 2021, Austin, TX, downtown location: CIVA TRANSCEND Biennale 2021. Contemplating the Transcendent Divine. Beauty, Truth, and Goodness. Beauty is compelling. It binds itself to the Truth and the Good in such a way that, as Dante said, “Beauty awakens the soul to act.” It moves us from the rooted realities of canvas, clay, notes, or language into the transcendental nature of God Himself, our Beautiful, True, and Good Creator. Join CIVA in 2021 as artists, pastors, curators, and cultural leaders explore the divine spark of the image of God in each of us that initiates and propels our journey to perceiving anew an intuitive, expressive, and fulfilling reality.

11 November, 8.30 – 10 h (EST), Overseas Ministries study Center, Princeton Theological Seminary, online: In The Studio. Emmanuel Garibay, renowned artist from the Philippines and 2010–2011 OMSC Artist in Residence, and Alee, Nina, and Bam, his three children who are also accomplished artists, in conversation with Tom Hastings. (EDT)

10 January 2022 – 14 March 2022, Mondays, 19.30 – 21.30 h: Anselm Society course on a Theology of Beauty. In his book The Father of Lights: A Theology of Beauty, long-time Anselm friend Junius Johnson offers a theological account of our experience of beauty, keying it to our innate knowledge of God. In discussion with the author, energize your understanding of God's dealings with the world by laying a foundation for recognizing Him in all things and places, wherever our hearts sing for joy in response to beauty.

31 January – 4 February 2022, Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan : 2022 Calvin Symposium on Worship. A livestream conference with some in-person sessions on the campus.

18 February 2022, College Art Association conference session, Chicago, I: Art, Mysticism, and a New Apophasis. It is in the presence of the Mystical that we witness a straining of the mind at the edges of itself, prompting a mode of reverence for that which is unutterable, inaccessible to intellect. This experience of disconnect between the mind’s ordering power and an ungraspable complexity serves as an analogue of something “other” – the infinite, the Absolute – and the consolations of transcendence. This found expression in the ancient traditions of Christian mysticism and, more specifically, in apophatic, or negative theology – the idea that God, or the divine, or the unsayable is best identified in terms of “absence,” “otherness,” or “silence,” and “difference.” The sources of negative theology are found in late antiquity and the early Christian period, with yet more radical representations found among the mystics of the late Middle Ages. In the modern era, contemporary art – abstract art, in particular, which for Jean-Francois Lyotard represents a new apophaticism – can give new form to the “negative presentation” of the unrepresentable; it can make “ungraspable allusions to the invisible within the visible,” to that which exceeds presentation. Once again, we encounter a denial and collapse of the Logos, and “presence” is negative. This session invites presentations that will investigate the notions of apophatic transcendence as that new “dark night of the soul,” as it was vividly described in the art and mystical musings of artists across historical periods and religious traditions.