Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion Spring 2017 Newsletter
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Dadian Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm and by appointment; closed holidays

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Making of Things:
A Group Show

March 13 –  May 12, 2017
Reception & Artist’s Talk:  
Thursday, April 20
4:30 -5:30 pm
Justin Sorensen:
How to Live With Stones

May 22 –  August 18, 2017
Reception & Artist’s Talk:  
Thursday, July 13
4:30 -5:30 pm
Snow at sunset from New Dorm. Photo by Andrew Davis

Upcoming Events

Kathy Staudt: Good Places
Poetry Reading
Thursday March 16th, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Icon Writing Workshop
June 5th - June 9th
Registration now open

For more information:
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Contact Amy Gray at
or  202-885-6837


(Top: Students JillAnn Meunier, Ian Urriola, and Anna Scharbo perform Cabinet Battle ! from Hamilton. Bottom: The Seminary Celebrates exhibition in the Dadian Gallery)
Thank you to all who came out to the Heart the Arts festival. A special thanks to all of our performers and artists who participated. The Seminary Celebrates will remain in the Dadian Gallery until March 3rd, 2017.

Were You There, Catherine Kapikian, 1978, fiber work

Were You There: Now Installed in Trott Building
Inspired by the Countee Cullen poem Black Christ, this large-scale fiber work was created by artist and founder of the Center for the Arts and Religion Catherine Kapikian. In 1993 it was commissioned to hang in the Marquand Chapel at Yale University for the Crossed Cultures Symposium, then returned to Oxnam Chapel at Wesley. Removed and stored during the renovation of the seminary, it has been recently re-installed in the stairwell beside the chapel. With natural light illuminating the twelve-foot tall frame, visitors are now able to view clearly the various textures and colors of this powerful piece.

Register for our Icon Writing Workshop

Philip Davydov will be joining us again for a week long Icon Writing Workshop June 5th - June 9th in the studio at Wesley.

Reserve your spot before April 2nd for the Early Bird Price of $600. Rate increases to $640 on April 3rd, so act fast!

For more information, visit our website at:

New Artist-in-Residence

We are pleased to welcome our new Artist-in-Residence for Spring 2017, Sara Caporaletti, and welcome back our returning Artist-in-Residence, Stacy Mohammed!

Untitled by Sara Caporaletti, on display in the Dadian Gallery

Sara Caporaletti is a recent MFA graduate from American University, Washington DC and has her BA from McDaniel College. Her works has been featured in a variety of exhibitions and she works with many mediums, including sculpture, paint, and wood. Some of her work is featured in The Seminary Celebrates 2017, the current exhibition in the Dadian Gallery. She lives in Maryland and is teaching an arts practicum in relief printing this semester.

Tapabocas by Stacy Mohammed, on display in the Dadian Gallery

Stacy Mohammed has a BA from Brooklyn College and an MFA from Boston University. She holds many awards and fellowships and has been featured in a variety of exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She lives in Massachusetts and is returning to Wesley after serving as an Artist-in-Residence in the Fall 2016 semester as well. Some of her work is featured in The Seminary Celebrates 2017, the current exhibition in the Dadian Gallery. She is teaching an arts practicum in Paint: Inside + Out this semester.

Artists-in-Residence Applications

We are currently accepting applications for our Artist-In-Residence program. Current applications are for the 2018 - 19 academic year. Artists stay for either one or two semesters at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. The deadline for applications is May 15th. For more information or an application visit our website at

Good Places Poetry Reading

Kathy Staudt will offer readings from her new book of poetry, Good Places, on Thursday March 16th at 12pm in Bess Jones. All are welcome.

Arts Faculty News

Many of our faculty members have exciting upcoming performances, events, and exhibitions, as well as recent publications. 

Kiki McGrath
Dadian Gallery curator Kiki McGrath’s Aerial Roots exhibition is currently on display at Studio Gallery in Washington, DC. The show was recently reviewed in the Washington Post! The closing reception is February 25, 4 – 6 pm. 

Tracy Radosevic
will give the keynote address at the Eastern Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Spring Event in Chambersburg, PA from May 1-3. She will also present at the Bishop’s Spring Conference on Christian Formation for the Episcopal Diocese of NJ in Trenton, NJ on May 6th.

Catherine Kapikian was invited to create a work for the Australian Center for Christianity and Culture's annual exhibit of Stations of the Cross. She is the first artist outside of Australia to receive an invitation to participate. The exhibit opens in Canberra on March 17th and in Sydney on April 3. She will be traveling to Sydney on April 1st.  

Josie Hoover recently made a contribution to a theological field education book.  "Engaging in the Liturgical Arts.” in Engage: A Theological Field Education Tool Book, edited by Matthew Floding. You can find the book on Amazon here. Additionally, the company she dances with (and serves as company chaplain on), Dancing by the Power: Movement Matters, is participating in the PRAISE Dance Festival at the Publick Playhouse in Landover, MD.  PRAISE is a liturgical dance festival including dance ministries in the DC area. 

Eileen Guenther
is performing "The Power of Spirituals" as designer, pianist, and narrator with soprano Millicent Scarlet and tenor Robert Baker at Kingsmill at Ingleside in Rockville, MD at
7:30 PM on March 6, 2017.

The Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion is a program of Wesley Theological Seminary. The Center sponsors a variety of cultural events which explore the intersection of art and religion. All contributions are tax-deductible and gratefully accepted.

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