The Artist-in-Residence program at Wesley Theological Seminary is unique in promoting dialogue between artists of all credos with theologians, both learning from their shared experiences while here at the Seminary. Artists in the program have included painters, poets, actors, musicians, sculptors, videographers, graphic designers, potters, glass workers, iconographers, and many others, including those who work in multiple mediums of expression.
As part of their residencies artists teach studio art classes and not only verbally stimulate conversation with the community, but also begin to help students develop a visual language of expression. In return, Wesley provides artists a place for research, reflection and experimentation. Nearly every office, classroom, meeting room and public space at Wesley showcases the mark of the artists who have had residencies at the seminary. Each artist donates a work of art at the end of their residency, and as a result Wesley has many works which were created exclusively for the seminary as part of its collection.
With the current exhibition, gallery visitors have a rare opportunity to explore some of the processes involved in the creation of the finished artwork on display. In addition to the exhibiting artists’ written personal reflections on their experiences while in residence at Wesley, preliminary sketches, working drawings, copper and woodcut printmaking plates, and prior incarnations of the fruits of their labor reveal the evolution of content and imagery. Wesley is one of only a handful of seminaries across the United States that include the arts in their curriculum, and it is this very intersection of art and faith that yields inspired creativity in all forms of ministry.
Barbara Green, quilting, Fall 2012
Cynthia Farrell Johnson, painting, Fall 2011
Geraldine Kiefer, mixed media, Spring 2013
Trudi Y. Ludwig, printmaking, Spring 2012, Fall 2012
Maureen Melville, stained glass, Spring 2013
Margaret Adams Parker, printmaking, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Alexandra N. Sherman, drawing/painting, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, and Spring 2014
Emma Steinkraus, painting, Spring 2012