Artists' Reception Planned April 7

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

An artists’ reception for “Places of Redemption,” the Divinity School’s 2011 Juried Arts Exhibit, will be held Thursday, April 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Bovender Terrace outside the Refectory Café.

The community is invited to meet the artists while enjoying live music, poetry, performance art, and refreshments. The rain date for the reception is April 12. "Lines in the Sand," by Eric Prenshaw, D'11

The 26 works of art exhibited through May 16 in the Student Lounge and adjacent hallway include photography, textiles, collage, graphite drawings, mixed media, and paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. This year’s theme was inspired by Professor of Theology Mary McClintock Fulkerson’s book Places of Redemption (Oxford, 2007). 

Eric Prenshaw D’11, whose color photo “Lines in the Sand” is included in the exhibit, says that artists were challenged to respond to Fulkerson’s question:

“What might it look like for us, as Christians, to create a place that allows us to see the fullness of our reality—the beauty as well as the devastation, the joy and the despair, the whole and the broken, the black and the white, the self and the other?”
 
Carolyn Butler, a North Carolina-based artist working in digital and new media, will judge the exhibit.  A former artist-in-residence at the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation, Butler holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and is completing her M.F.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Award winners will be announced at the Broadway Revue on Friday, April 15.

The annual juried exhibit is sponsored by Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, the Center for Reconciliation, the Office of Academic Formation and Programs, Stuart Henry Arts Committee, Chaplain Sally Bates, the Divinity Student Council, and New Creation, the student arts group at Duke Divinity. Bull City Art and Frame Company provided hanging hardware.