Artists inspire us to experience life in new ways. Through their paintings, poetry, music, and film, artists imagine new worlds and encourage change.But the work of an artist can be lonely and frustrating. Their curiosity leads them to ask difficult questions and challenge the status quo. Many feel misunderstood and isolated as they pursue their craft, especially from their faith communities. The challenge of earning a living from their work has never been greater, and the pressure to exhibit, perform, or sell can kill creativity. Sometimes, being an artist can feel like a grind. But what if you could sense God’s pleasure in your creative process? What if your artistic gifts could convey God’s goodness, beauty, and truth to the broader world?Join Denver Institute for Faith & Work and a community of creatives for an evening with leading Christian artists: Cameron Anderson, author of The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts and former director of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA); and producer Erik Lokkesmoe, whose film work includes Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Free Solo, The Tree of Life, and many others.Together we’ll explore questions such as:What does it look like to be a Christian artist, especially when your work isn’t overtly religious?How can artists balance the desire to create with the pressure to earn a living through their work?How can you pursue a “middle space” that allows you to bring faith-driven creativity to the general market?
Please join us for an evening of connection and conversation on Thursday, September 26th, at Studio 1481 in Denver for The Faithful Artist!
The event will include a juried exhibit of work from local artists. For details about the submission process, please contact Matthew Langford.
Upper House and Christians in the Visual Arts
Faith and the arts have a complicated relationship. While the historic Church often served as patrons for painters, musicians, and sculptors, artists today often feel alienated from faith communities. How can artists integrate their faith and work, even when their work isn’t explicitly “Christian?”