Center for Faith and Vocation

Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Seminar Information

An Initiative of Butler University's Center for Faith and Vocation

Congratulations to the next group of 12 artists participating in round 2 of the seminar taking place during the fall of 2014.  They are as follows:

Jean Arnold, Gabrielle Cerberville, Anthony Elia, Kim Charles Ferrill, Heidi Fledderjohn, Sofiya Inger, Bruce Loewenthal, Gail Payne, Kyle Ragsdale, Wendy Vergoz, Shelly White Wood and Roger Roe.

ARTISTS: For Information on applying for Round 3 of this seminar, please see link for application at the bottom of this page.  Applications being accepted starting November 1. 

 

Join the discussion at Spirit & Place on November 10, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Religion, Spirituality and the Arts at Spirit & Place

Artists Becoming the New Theologians 

How do Indianapolis religious communities engage artists and their narratives?

How do Indianapolis artists form the religious and spiritual narratives that inform their work?

Local artists and theologians discuss bridge-building between the often disconnected communities of religion and art. Artists from the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts program provide perspective from their personal journeys on the topic. Audience roundtables also explore: What happens when artists act as theologians through their creative interpretations? How do religious leaders engage with art and artists as a vehicle for expression and understanding? 

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What is the Religion, Spirituality & the Arts Seminar?

Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts: A Symposium is a new initiative to bring people together from diverse artistic disciplines, practices and religious/spiritual perspectives for a sustained study and reflection on a Biblical text. Twelve selected participants will be part of a seminar that will engage the sacred text as they seek inspiration to create new work (music, poetry, visual art, dance, drama, narrative, liturgical art). These works will be shared in the seminar and in a final community exhibition.  

The selected text is "The Binding of Isaac", Genesis 22. The narrative raises many theological and human questions and has been the inspiration for musical compositions, paintings, sculptures and poetry.

 

Participants for the first seminar Included  Dawn Batson, Jean Benabou, Dan Cooper, John Domont, Casey Eskridge, Jason Griffith, Pam Blevins Hinkle, David Landis, Ray Marquette, Callie Smith, Julie Stewart and Denise Williams.  Artistic disciplines include music composition, painting, photography, poetry, fiction and sculpture.

This short video was produced by round 1 Seminar artist Dan Cooper.

 

 

Who are the Faculty? 

Religious leader and author, Rabbi Sandy Sasso (who has been adjunct faculty at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary) will direct the seminar. The faculty for round one was Dr. Hilene Flanzbaum, Dr. Elizabeth Mix and Dr. Michael Sells, professors of creative writing, religion, art, music, dance and theater respectively, from Butler University and Dr. Frank Burch Brown, theologian on faculty from Christian Theological Seminary. The faculty for round two of the seminars, in the Fall of 2014, will be Dr. Hilene Flanzbaum, Mindy Taylor Ross, and Dr. Michael Sells. Also joining us for the Fall seminar will be guest faculty; Dr. Brent Hege and Dr. James McGrath.

What to Expect:

  • A respectful and stimulating environment that is designed to nurture creativity.
  • A world class faculty from Butler and CTS from across the disciplines of religion and the arts.
  • A diverse group of students respectful of belief and non-belief.

Who is Invited to Apply?

Applicant may be anyone in the community who is active (as a professional or amateur) in one of the artistic disciplines. Selected applicants must be able to make a commitment to attend all six seminar sessions and engage in open and respectful dialogue. There will be a matriculation fee of $100. Seminar participants will produce creative work to be performed and/or exhibited in a public forum.

When and Where Will We Meet?

Sessions will be held for 2.5 hours weekly for a total of six weeks and will meet evenings from 6p.m.-8:30p.m. on the campuses of Butler University and the Christian Theological Seminary.  

Session I Spring 2014 seminar dates are January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4 and 18.

Session I Spring 2014 culminating Exhibition and Program date is April 30 from 5:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.

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Session II Fall 2014 seminar dates are September 16, 23, October 7, 14, 28 and November 4.

Session II Fall 2014 culminating Exhibition and Program will be on January 28, 2015 at Christian Theological Seminary from 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. 

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Session III Spring 2015 seminar dates are Thursdays, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 19. and 26 (participants must be available to attend seminar dates).

Session III Spring 2015 culminating Exhibition and program date TBD.

What is Required for Consideration?

  • Fill out the application form (link below for form) and return with your submission
  • Artist Resume 
  • 3 examples of your work, no web-site links are accepted 

How to Submit:

  • Please send ALL three completed requirements as attachments (incomplete submissions will not be accepted) by email to: Dr. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso at RSA@butler.edu, subject line: RSA submission Your Name.  

1.  Completed Application Form (please click on this link to download form)

2.  Artist resume

3.  3 examples of work, no web site links please

  • Applications for round 3 will accepted from November 1 through November 24, 2014 (including November 24).
  • For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Sandy Sasso either by email or at (317) 789-8853.
  • A committee will review all submissions and respond with acceptance/non-acceptance by email on December 15, 2014.

This project is being made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc.