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Art Exhibit Theme is Boundary Crossings

by Sarah F. Erickson

“Boundary Crossings: Neighbors Strangers Family Friends” is the theme of a Charis art exhibit, hosted by Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning, February 1 – July 21, 2010.

Charis (from the Greek for gift or grace) is an international traveling art exhibit of about 40 works by seven Asian and seven North American artists. The artwork includes paintings, sculptures, assemblage, fiber constructions, installation, and video projections.

The intent of the exhibit is to explore boundary-crossing questions. In our visually-oriented world – with its convergence of cultures – what are the implications for Christian faith and artistic practice? How can people of faith address real-world issues of social justice, peace, reconciliation? How do we live with a spirit of grace toward our neighbor, wherever we live?

The exhibit is the outgrowth of these artists’ participation in a two-week immersive seminar in Indonesia during the summer of 2008. Columbia Seminary is one of several venues the exhibit will visit across North America, before heading to Asia in 2012.

We are delighted to host an exhibit of this scope and caliber. The variety is really quite remarkable. The boundary-crossings theme comes alive in the artists’ works.

Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday.

To arrange a group tour, call 404-687-4577or e-mail

A 100-page color catalogue is available at the seminary bookstore ( or 404-687-4550). Bookstore hours are generally 10:30 – 2:30, weekdays.

Charis is curated by Rachel Hostetter Smith, with the assistance of Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk and Joel Zwart and is co-sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Nagel Institute of Calvin College with major support from:The Crowell Trust, Walter and Darlene Hansen, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, John and Mary Loeks,  and The Joan L. and Robert C. Gilkison Family Foundation. The exhibit is traveling with assistance from Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA).