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Charis Art Exhibit at Columbia Theological Seminary through August 6


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Decatur, GA. Forty works of art are included in Charis (from the Greek for gift or grace), an international traveling exhibit at Columbia Theological Seminary now through August 6, 2010. Created by seven Asian and seven North American artists as an exploration of the theme “boundary crossings,” the works include paintings, sculptures, assemblage, fiber constructions, installation, and video projections.

The exhibit is the outgrowth of the artists’ participation, along with art scholars, in a two-week immersive seminar in Java and Bali during the summer of 2008. Columbia Theological Seminary is one of several venues the exhibit will visit across North America, before heading to Asia in 2012.

Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The artwork is displayed on the seminary campus in the Harrington Center, as well as in the John Bulow Campbell Library. To arrange a group tour, please call 404-687-4577or e-mail

Rachel Hostetter Smith, with the assistance of Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk and Joel Zwart, curated Charis. Co-sponsors of the exhibit are 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).

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).


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