"Places of Redemption" Art Awards Announced

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Friday, April 22, 2011

The winners of the Divinity School’s 2011 Juried Arts Exhibit were announced April 15 at the school’s Broadway Revue at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham.

Student Tyler Mahoney D’12 received first-place honors for the photograph “Franciscan Sandwich, Breaking Bread.”

Mahoney, a middler in the M.Div. degree program, took the photograph Jan. 30, 2011, while at a conference sponsored by The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies and The Fordham Center on Religion and Culture.

“This photo was taken as I walked through Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus,” said Mahoney, a Roman Catholic who earned his undergraduate degree at Seattle University.

“The Franciscan featured in the photograph and I were both attending ‘Lost? Twenty-Somethings and the Church,’” he said. “The goal in covering the assignment was to show intergenerational dialogue at work within the Catholic Church.”

Mahoney learned photography from his father, an attorney who had been taught by his grandfather, a photojournalist who spent his career in Philadelphia, Penn. Following graduation in May 2012, Mahoney plans to resume working in non-profit development in his home state of Alaska.

Juror Carolyn Butler, a North Carolina-based artist working in digital and new media, praised the artists for works that “sensitively investigate architecture, race, nature, gender, and poverty while provoking questions about brokenness and location. Many of the pieces in the show offer skillfully successful approaches, combining concept and form convincingly.”

Megan E. Bowser Jones, whose husband, Aaron Jones, is a first-year student in the  M.Div. degree program, received second place for her multimedia work “The Last.”"The Last," by Megan Jones

Third-place honors were awarded to “Healing,” an acrylic painting by student Katherine Hester M.Div.’13.

The photograph “At the Foot of the Cross” by middler Jonathan Anderson, M.Div.’12 received an honorable mention.

Selections by all the winning artists “were especially compelling as they presented a nuanced use of craft and subject matter,” said Butler. “Reiterating New Creation’s choice of theme, and Mary McClintock Fulkerson’s "Healing," by Katherine Hesterilluminating words, may we continue to imagine, make, and form “places for appearing.”

The exhibit, inspired by Professor of Theology Mary McClintock Fulkerson’s book Places of Redemption (Oxford, 2007), continues through May 16 in the Student Lounge and adjacent hallway.

Sponsors include Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, The Center for Reconciliation, The Office of Academic Formation and Programs, The 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.