May 10, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary is hosting a national traveling art exhibit called The Beautiful open to the public now through May 24, 2018 The exhibit is made available through CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts.
The exhibit is housed in the Harrington Center on the seminary campus. For a map and directions, visit http://www.ctsnet.edu/directions/. The exhibit is open during regular business hours, Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. For additional information or to arrange a visit for evening or weekend hours, call 404-687-4577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beautiful features thirty-three original artworks, carefully selected to speak to the theme of Beauty as it is found in a fallen world. Encounters with beauty are essential to human flourishing. Indeed, such experiences capture our imagination and animate our souls; they invite us to pause and consider the nature and meaning of our material world and the one who created it all.
In the modern period, artists have a conflicted relationship to beauty. On one hand, they are drawn to beauty’s sublime qualities. On the other, they realize that a superficial understanding of beauty could be either a means to avoid the world’s suffering or a charm that incites consumer desire. Nonetheless, our need for beauty remains.
This exhibit gathers contemporary works of art executed in a variety of media that bear witness to beauty as it appears to us in the complex landscape of contemporary culture.
CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts, a non-profit organization founded in 1979, is dedicated to exploring and nurturing the relationship between the visual arts and the Christian faith. CIVA hosts a range of other traveling exhibits; information can be found at civa.org/exhibits.