Biblical Weavings Art Exhibit at Columbia Seminary

Biblical Weavings Art Exhibit at Columbia Seminary

August 14, 2019—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary announces its fall art exhibit featuring the textile art of Montgomery, AL artist Joanne Staley. “Biblical Weavings”, including twelve pieces created by Staley, will be available for viewing August 12 through November 13, 2019.

“Putting months of effort and love into each piece only strengthened by faith as I interpreted the stories of God’s love and molded them into a tangible creation,” says Staley. She spun some of the cotton and wool yarns herself, much of it hand-dyed with Alabama plants. The pieces also incorporate Alabama’s red clay, metals and wire. The smallest piece Jesus Sleeps Through the Storm is 16″ x 20″ and the largest David Slays Goliath is 26″ x 30″.

The exhibit will be housed on the second floor of the Harrington Center on the Columbia Seminary campus.  Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. For more information about the exhibit, call 404-687-4577 or e-mail

On Friday evening, September 13, an artist’s reception will take place from 4:30 – 7:00 pm in the Harrington Center, 2nd floor. Light refreshments will be provided. The artist will share brief remarks at 5:30 pm.


About the Artist

Joanne Horvath Staley has been creating prize-winning art and teaching art for over a half century. Painting, weaving, fiber art, and silversmithing have been central in her life ever since her early years as an RN and Assistant Professor at Troy State University.

In addition to undergraduate science degrees from Ohio State and Southern Illinois University, and two graduate degrees from Troy University, she has studied art at the post-graduate level at Savannah College of Art and Design, Penland School of Crafts, and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft. Her diverse teaching background includes teaching art in Auburn University’s continuing education program, serving as “Artist in Residence” for the Alabama State Council for the Arts and the Montgomery Arts Council. She has also taught art to individuals with special needs.

Joanne is a unique multi-media artist and craftsperson with compelling enthusiasm, a truly different approach, and a special electricity of spirit that pulls you into her creations. She is a member of Providence Presbyterian Church (formerly Memorial Presbyterian Church) in Montgomery, AL.


About Columbia Theological Seminary

Columbia Theological Seminary “exists to educate and nurture faithful, imaginative, and effective leaders for the sake of the Church and the world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry, leadership development, and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia Seminary offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit


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The Center for Lifelong Learning

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