As the Spring begins, Wesley Theological Seminary celebrates the arts with an exhibition drawn from the life of our own community. Whether the artwork was made by students, graduates, long-time staff members, or faculty, it speaks to the way art has become a partner in theological conversation. This year literary works and recorded performances take their place alongside the visual arts for the first time in the history of this biennial exhibition. It is through these many mediums that we are able to see the multitude of talents present on our campus.
This year, as was true in previous years, The Seminary Celebrates is made possible by generous endowment in memory of Constance Sherridan Hefner. Constance was the only daughter of Jean and Tom Hefner, who were members of the Council for the Arts and Religion in the 1990s, and who continue to be gracious supporters of the arts and the seminary. We are grateful to the Hefners, and to these artists whose works illuminate our common life.
Curator, Dadian Gallery
The arts at Wesley encompass much more than just the visual arts. With this in mind, we set out to create an exhibit that showcased more than just objects that could hang on the wall. In one corner of the gallery there was a rocking chair. Next to it was a binder full of poems, essays and short stories written by the community. In the opposite corner was a monitor showing dance, drama and music. In addition, the Heart the Arts Festival was created. Our usual Artists' Talk and Reception was moved to the evening and expanded to include live performances. The event was so well recieved we plans to repeat the event in future years.
To see images from the Heart the Arts Festival click here.
For images from the arts infused chapel service the same day click here.