July 16-20, 2007 (4 CEU's) $625
Visual Arts and the Judeo-Christian Tradition
We live in an age of images and increasingly people are informed by the visual alone. Explore new ways of using the visual arts to convey the Gospel and build Christian community, in a city that remains the art capital of the western world. This class incorporates museum and gallery tours, and reviews the rich, and sometimes contentious, history of visual arts in our Judeo-Christian tradition.
Thomas Faulkner, an Episcopal priest, lecturer and Quiet Day leader, is a visual artist known for religious and political work. As a priest, he directed the Peace and Disarmament Program for the Diocese of New York and served as chaplain for Elko Lake Camp of the Episcopal Mission Society and the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. He was a founding member of the Disaster Response Team of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and was a trainer of clergy serving in Gulfport, MS after hurricane Katrina and in London after the bombings of July 2005.
His well-known Stations of The Cross Project was inspired by his eight-month's work at Ground Zero, where he served as the American Red Cross officer in charge of chaplains working at the site's temporary morgue. This work has toured throughout the US, and was featured at General Convention in Minneapolis. It is currently installed at the Church of Our Savior, San Gabriel, CA. His work has been reviewed on National Public Radio (KCRW, Los Angeles) and in major art periodicals (Art in America, Art Forum, New Art Examiner) His recent site-specific installation, Jamboree, is focused on religious intolerance; his sculpture Termination, displayed at the New York City Sculpture Center, concerned the Holocaust; "People who live…", installed in New York's Bryant Park under the auspices of the Public Art Fund, referenced the arms race. For the past five years, Tom has been conducting quiet days, creating theme specific sculptures as foci for mediation (General Seminary, St. James' Church Manhattan, Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross). In 2005 he was invited to lecture on his sculpture at the international conference of Art and Christianity Enquiry (ACE.).
Tom is a graduate of Dartmouth College (BA), Episcopal Theological School (MDiv) and Pratt Institute (MFA) and served as founding board member of Episcopal Church & Visual Arts (EVCA) and Bauen Art Camp, Parkman Wyoming. He is currently serving as Vicar of Christ Episcopal Church in Sparkill, NY. He lives in New York City with his wife Brenda Husson, also a priest, and their son Christopher.
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