Religion, Spirituality, and the
Arts Seminar Information
An Initiative of Butler University's Center for Faith and
Congratulations to the
newly selected round 3 artists:
Von Biggs, Michael Brady, Hector
Hernandez, JL Kato, Kris Mobley, Kate Oberreich, Terry Ofner,
Sherry Polley, Ben Rose, Jeff Rothenberg, Gary Walters and Michele
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
For Rounds 1 and 2 the selected text was "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.
For Round 3 the text will be "Cain and Abel", Genesis
4. This narrative raises many questions about the
of humanity and good and evil. It has been the inspiration
for music, visual art, literature and poetry.
Round 1 participants in the seminar held
during Spring 2014 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.
Round 2 participants in the
seminar held during Fall 2014 included: 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.
This short video was produced by round 1 Seminar artist Dan
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 1 were 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 2 of the seminars, in the Fall of 2014, are
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. Faculty participants for
round 3 will be Dr. Michael Sells, Julia Muney Moore and Shari
What to Expect:
- A respectful and stimulating environment that is designed to
- 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
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
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
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.
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.
Session III Spring 2015 seminar dates are Thursdays, February 5,
12, 26, March 5, 19. and 26.
Session III Spring 2015 culminating Exhibition and program date
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
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 4 will open up in
- For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Sandy Sasso either by
email or at (317)
- A committee will review all submissions for Round 4 and
respond with acceptance/non-acceptance.
This project is being made
possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. also
in Partnership with Christian Theological Seminary.