We welcome practicing artists to our campus through Residencies, Sabbaticals and Exhibitions in the Dadian Gallery.

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  • AIR Trudi Ludwig Johnson carves a wood blockThe Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion (LCAR) Artist-in-Residence program accepts applications from visual artists seeking to create within the community of Wesley Theological Seminary.  Artists share space in a communal studio set in the seminary’s instructional building, working directly with students by leading practical art classes and community art projects. Teaching an Arts Practicum in the medium of the artist’s choosing is expected of all Artists-in-Residence. Opportunities for outreach to churches and the wider community are also available to resident artists.

    In alternating years, a group show in the Dadian Gallery is organized to highlight the work of Artists-in-Residence. Artists also contribute one piece of work to the seminary as part of their residencies, providing a lasting contribution to our mission of making the arts an integral part of theological education. Artists have the option of taking one seminary class per semester in order to further explore the union between theology and the arts.

    Sculptures by Karen Swenholt in the studioArtists are provided with an honorarium of $1,500.00 per semester to help cover their living expenses. A one-bedroom apartment on campus is provided for artists living outside of the greater Washington, DC and Baltimore region. Residencies can be for one calendar year, one academic year, or one semester, depending of the needs of the program and the availability of artists under consideration. Please be aware that we schedule our artists one to two years in advance.

    We will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year on January 1, 2016. The application deadline is May 15, 2016.

    For an application and additional information about our Artist-in-Residence program, please click on the link below.

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    We regret that at this time, we are unable to process J-1 visas for international artists.

    Breath and Water instalation in Oxnam ChapelSabbatical Opportunity For Theologians and Pastors
    A Time to Reflect On and Engage With the Arts

    • 4-6 week duration during the Fall or Spring semester
    • Bibliography with suggested readings based on participant’s interest
    • A scheduled weekly meeting with individual faculty/staff of the Center to discuss issues that arise during sabbatical visit
    • A creative experience with one of our resident artists as available
    • A space in the LCAR studio
    • Opportunity to observe integration of the arts in mainstream disciplines
    • Open invitation to all LCAR and WTS events
    • CEU available upon request
    • Fee - $250 per week including art supplies
    • Dormitory housing and meal plan available upon request

    Exterior of the Dadian GalleryThe Dadian Gallery exhibits art that addresses religious and cultural issues, as well as matters of the universal human condition. Works are not required to be explicitly Christian or include religious content. Please let us know if you are willing to be considered for inclusion in group exhibitions. The Dadian Gallery typically schedules shows one to two years in advance. 

    We review portfolios on a rolling basis for individual and group exhibitions.

    For an application and additional information about the Dadian Gallery, please click here.

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