A juried exhibition that features works in painting, printmaking, sculpture and other media, engaging both the literal and metaphoric meanings inherent in the phrase "body of Christ," is on display in seminaries and religious schools in Pennsylvania, Washington and Virginia.
The show recognizes the importance of art as a way of addressing theological questions and deepening the life of faith.
Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria hosted an opening reception November 5 with a gallery talk and theological reflections by Margaret Adams Parker, an artist and VTS adjunct instructor in theological aesthetics, and Katherine Sonderegger, a professor of theology.
"All of us are excited to be a part of this important exhibit," said the Rev. Roger Ferlo, director of the Center for Lifetime Theological Education at the seminary. "The relationship of religion to the arts and to the larger culture is essential to the theological enterprise at Virginia Seminary."
The Body of Christ exhibit is sponsored by the Washington Theological Consortium, a diverse association of 10 seminaries and theological schools stretching from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Richmond, Virginia. It continues until December 14.
Sculptor Theodore Prescott selected the art from work submitted by artists across the country. Prescott teaches sculpture and is a former president and founder of Christians in the Visual Arts.
Other selections from the exhibit can been seen at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, Virginia; the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.; the Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia; the Cathedral College of the Washington National Cathedral and the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C.
A gallery of accepted works can be seen here.