New Art Exhibit on Campus “Our Home Is The Holy Land”

New Art Exhibit on Campus “Our Home Is The Holy Land”

February 2, 2019—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) announces a new exhibit “Our Home Is The Holy Land” including selections from “Through the Checkpoint” and “Children of Bethlehem,” featuring the work of Columbia Theological Seminary alumna Katie Archibald-Woodward.  The CLL hosted the artist’s first exhibit here in the Spring of 2013.

On Monday, February 25, a “Lunch and Learn” gathering will take place from 12:30-1:30 pm in the Ellis Room in the Richards Center Refectory. Seminary students, faculty and staff and community guests are invited to bring their own lunches. The artist will share remarks and a video presentation related to her work in the Holy Land.

On Tuesday evening, February 26, 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 5:45 pm.

The exhibit complimented the Seminary’s annual alumni gathering and the Migration and Border Crossings conference both held the first week of February. The two multi-media projects will be housed on the second floor of the Harrington Center on campus during the spring semester from February 3-March 18, 2019.

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


About the Exhibit

The exhibit features 26 pieces in all. The majority of the works are from “Through The Checkpoint,” augmented by four pieces from “Children of Bethlehem.” The combination portrays the diversified experience of life in the Holy Land today, paired with a specific look into the lives of Palestinian youth.

“Through The Checkpoint” consists of 22 photographs mounted on foam board and hung by wire, ranging in size from 16×24 inches to 36×48 inches.  The four portraits belonging to “Children of Bethlehem” are photographs printed on 16×20 rolled canvas, hung by wire strung from a dowel mounted by grommets at the top of the canvas.  Each photograph is paired with an audio interview accessible by smartphone.

“Through the Checkpoint” was created in 2016 in partnership with the Creative Visions foundation to provide vision and voice to life lived amidst the conflict in Palestine-Israel. In 2018, “Children of Bethlehem” was initiated in response to witnessing depression, anxiety, and other trauma among Palestinian youth primarily caused by being among four generations in Palestine-Israel who have only known life under military control and colonial power.  “Children of Bethlehem” is being developed in partnership with Creative Visions Foundation and Dar Al-Kalima School in Bethlehem.


About the Artist

Katie Archibald-Woodward was born in southern California and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to earn her Master of Divinity degree at Columbia Theological Seminary.  Formative travel experiences and a growing desire to help connect people through visual and voiced storytelling led Katie to then earn a certificate in Digital Photography at Emory University and a certificate in Spiritual Companioning through the Shalem Institute. Katie is currently an Atlanta-based photographer and spiritual director and is in the ordination process with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Katie focuses most of her energy at the intersection of her yearning for global thriving and joy of the arts, creating educational opportunities through visual and voiced storytelling to spread awareness about the experiences of our neighbors in Israel-Palestine.  She also guides groups to the Holy Land for immersive travel experiences—meeting with local people, exploring the holy places that have captured hearts and minds throughout the ages, and growing in awareness of our global community and ourselves.


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For Information, Contact:

Dr. Sarah Erickson

The Center for Lifelong Learning


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