Summer on the campus is usually a quiet time. Our Artists-in-Residence have returned to their home studios. Fewer students are on campus. The focus shifts to tidying up the studio, special projects and preparation for the next school year. This summer has been a little bit different.
Major construction on Campus.
This summer the seminary is working to upgrade the heat system by converting from steam to hot water and replacing the single-pane windows. While the end results will be much appreciated, the process is causing disruptions on campus. Much of the work is happening in the Trott Building which houses most of the seminary’s administrative offices. Offices like the business office and the Registrar have been relocated to the Kresge Building. This process has meant that some of the buildings have been without air conditioning for parts of the summer.
The upper level of Trott without the usual art on the walls.
The artwork from around campus that normally graces our walls has been removed and stored in the gallery, which has its own climate control, to protect vulnerable works from the fluctuations in temperature. The gallery is also hosting four pianos. The project is expected to wrap up in September. Once we have the go ahead, artwork will return to the halls and offices.
Pianos and works of art in the gallery.
Dadian Gallery Schedule
With the Wesley Collection and pianos in the gallery, we have had to revise our schedule. Two of our shows previously scheduled for this summer and early fall have been moved to next year. Inside the Diving Bell,
an exhibition of collaborative paintings, will open August 28th
in the Smith Boardroom and run until November 3rd
. The Dadian Gallery will reopen October 16th
, a juried exhibition in response to the 500th
anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The artist talk for ReFORMation
will be on October 31st
. Information on our upcoming shows for the 2017-18 academic year can be found here
Detail from Under the Diving Bell
There are other changes happening at the Center for the Arts and Religion beyond the construction. Our director, Dr. Deborah Sokolove will be shifting to a part time role at the seminary. She will continue to teach in our Religion and Arts classes but will be less present on campus. As of July 1st, Amy Gray is now our Associate Director, continuing to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Center while taking on more responsibility for future initiatives and possibilities. She will be assisted by a yet-to-be identified student worker and a part-time program administrator. Kiki McGrath will continue to serve as Curator and will also be one of our Artist-in-Residences for the 2017-18 academic year.
Dr. Deborah Sokolove, Amy E. Gray and Kiki McGrath
Save the Date! New Events in 2017-18
We are excited to be bringing new events on line for the 2017-18 year. Here’s what we already know:
Dancing on the Fragile Edge of the World (concert)
Friday, September 22nd
, 7:30pm to 8:30pm in Oxnam Chapel
We will be partnering with pianist Brian Ganz and poets Michel S. Glasner and Deanna Nikaido for an offering of music and poetry to create space for reflection and renewal of sprit. The event is a fundraiser for a scholarship program for people in service to attend Bread for the Journey
a retreat at the Kirkridge Retreat and study center in October. Suggested donation $20?
Bringing Drama to Your Advent Liturgy (drama workshop)
Saturday, October 21st, 9:30am to noon in Elderdice Hall
This half day Bibliodrama workshop with Deryl Davis will provide participants with ideas and resources for Advent using drama. This is the first of our planned monthly arts workshops geared towards bringing the arts into practice. Fee: $30/ $15 currently Wesley students
To Be Known (dance workshop)
Saturday, November 11th
, 9:00am to 2:00pm in the Refectory
This event explores the theology and prayer possibilities within Psalm 139 through the art of dance. Co-led by Josie Hoover and Kathryn Sparks, there will also be a chance for sharing and networking over a brown bag lunch. Fee: $30/ $15 currently Wesley students
More arts workshops to be announced for the Spring semester including Poetry with Kathleen Henderson Staudt and Visual Art with Amy E. Gray.
There is still time to register for classes. Contact our admissions office for more information.
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.
Visit: http://www.wesleyseminary.edu/LCAR/SupportTheArts for more information.
Thank you for your support.