Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion Fall 2016 Newsletter
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Dadian Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm and by appointment; closed holidays

Upcoming Exhibitions
Snow at sunset from New Dorm. Photo by Andrew Davis

Upcoming Events

Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda
October 17 - November 4
Oxnam Chapel Narthex

Alfonse Borysewicz
The Beginning Comes Last

October 17 - January 11
Reception & Artist's Talk: Thursday, November 10
4:30 - 5:30pm

Seminary Celebrates Exhibition
January 18 - March 3
Heart the Arts Festival
February 14th
4:30 - 5:30pm

Artist-in-Residence Applications 
We will begin accepting new applications
January 1st
Application available here

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


 In Their Own Words:
Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals 
We celebrate the release of Dr. Eileen Gunether's new book, In their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals. Dr Guenther uses her study of spirituals to explore the narratives of slavery in America and the role of faith and music in the lives of the enslaved.

Last Wednesday, September 21st, Dr. Guenther provided narrative material from her book for "God's Gonna Trouble the Water," a program from the Washington National Cathedral. It was an evening of songs and reflections from musicians and scholars to commemorate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Dr. Eileen Guenther was also featured as an accompanist. The book is available for purchase at Morningstar Music Publishers here. Congratulations to Dr. Guenther for this unique work on an important topic!

The Seminary Celebrates Exhibition
& Heart the Arts Festival
Every other year, Wesley Theological Seminary hosts The Seminary Celebrates, an exhibition showcasing the works of students, faculty, and staff. This exhibition, including visual art, poetry, and short stories, seeks to celebrate the role of the arts in theological conversation. The exhibition will run from January 18 to March 3rd 2017. As part of the exhibition, we also host the Heart the Arts Festival featuring performances by members of our community. This year, the festival will take place on Tuesday, February 14th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

The Wesley community is rich with creative gifts and talents, so LCAR encourages a wide variety of submissions, even from those who might not consider themselves “artists.” If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member, please consider submitting a piece of visual or literary art to the gallery or offering a performance at the festival. Submissions are due by the end of the Fall 2016 semester and do not have to be religious in nature. For questions, or to submit a piece, contact Amy Gray at

New Artists-in-Residence
We are pleased to welcome Stacy Mohammed and Patrick Beldio as our new Artists-in-Residence for Fall 2016!
(Santa Barbara Africana by Stacy Mohammed)
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 visiting Wesley this semester; she will be with us in Spring 2017 as well.

(Joie de Vivre by Patrick Beldio)
Patrick Beldio is local artist who recently earned his PhD from the Catholic University of America in Religion and Culture. His studies have taken him to New York, Los Angeles, Indiana, and Rome, Italy. His sculpture is in both private and public collections across the country.

We are delighted to have both of you!

Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda
To honor loved ones who have passed  and in celebration of All Saints Day, we will be building an Ofrenda (altar) from the Mexican traditional festival Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in the narthex of Oxnam Chapel. You are invited to bring photos of loved ones who have passed and place them on the Ofrenda starting Monday October 17th. The Ofrenda will stay up until Friday November 4th. Please put your name on your items. Contact Amy Gray via email at or at (202) 885-8637 with questions

Stephane Ruault
Wondrous Desert
August 29 – October 7, 2016

Stephane Ruault gave a great artist's talk on September 15th in the Dadian Gallery. Thanks to everyone who came out! Ruault's exhibition, Wondrous Desert, will be in the gallery until October 7th. Don't miss a chance to check it out.

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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