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The Center for the Arts and Religion consists of faculty and staff who believe in the importance of the arts in the development of the human spirit, in theological education, and in the life of the church. We are all practicing artists in addition to our other duties, spending significant portions of our lives in the studio, the study, or the rehearsal hall, and sharing the results in performances, exhibitions, readings, chapbooks, installations, workshops, and elsewhere. For us, the arts are the primary way that we understand and communicate with the world, undergirding our teaching, administrating, curating, and everything else that we do. 


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  • Director and Associate Professor of Art and Worship, Dr. Deborah Sokolove

    Dr Deborah SokoloveDeborah Sokolove teaches courses in art and worship. She received her B.A. and M.F.A. from California State University at Los Angeles; the M.T.S. from Wesley Theological Seminary; and the Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. Before coming to Wesley as Artist-in-Residence in 1994, she taught art, design, and computer animation at the university level. Her book, Sanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation Between Artists, Theologians, and the Church was published in 2013; Calling on God: Inclusive Language Prayers for Three Years of Sundays, is due for publication in late summer 2014. She has contributed articles to ARTS, Image, Call to Worship, and Lectionary Homiletics; prayers for several Sundays in each volume of the Abingdon Worship Annuals since 2011; and for several books on religion and the arts as well as the “Art, Studio” entry in the Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. Her paintings have been shown locally and nationally, and are represented in numerous collections including two works in Oxnam Chapel: a set of Stations of the Cross, and Sanctus, which was created as part of the chapel renovation. Sokolove is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the North American Academy of Liturgy, Christians in the Visual Arts, and is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Religious and Theological Studies. She is a Steward of Seekers Church, an intentional Christian congregation in the tradition of Church of the Saviour, where she serves on the worship planning group and frequently preaches and leads worship.

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    Dr. Deborah Sokolove, Director
    Associate Professor, Art and Worship 

    Dr. Eileen Guenther
    Associate Professor, Church Music

    Deryl Davis
    Adjunct Faculty, Religion and Drama 

    Dr. Tracy Radosevic
    Adjunct Faculty, Biblical Storytelling

    Kathryn Sparks
    Adjunct Faculty, Dance

    Kathleen Henderson Staudt
    Adjunct Faculty, Literature and Religion


    Amy Gray
    Program Administrator
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    Kiki McGrath
    Curator, Dadian Gallery
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    Founder and Distinguished Artist-In-Residence 

    Founder Catherine KapikianCatherine Kapikian founded the Center for the Arts and Reigion and served as its Director until 2008. She is an acclaimed and commissioned artist. Her work, inclusive of paraments, vestments, banners, tapestries, and fiber with wood installations can be seen in a variety of worship spaces inclusive of every major Christian denomination, interfaith military chapels, and synagogues. Many of her large-format works, like needlepoint tapestries behind altars, are designed by her and fabricated by members of the community in what she calls “participatory aesthetics.” In this manner, the installation becomes the work of the people. Catherine teaches, gives lectures and workshops nationwide and writes and publishes articles in the field of art and theology. Upon her retirement as Director of the Center, she was named Distinguished-Arist-In-Residence and continues to teach in the studio.

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    The Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion
    Wesley Theological Seminary
    4500 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    (202) 885-8637 voice
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