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ARTS vol. 26, no. 3

This issue demonstrates our continued commitment to social justice with its feature article on the Stations of the Holocaust by Jean Lamb. The English artist contemplates each Station in light of the impact of Jesus’ betrayal on the history of the Jewish people. This issue also looks intently, and in varying ways, at the end of life. Wilson Yates memorializes two giants in the field of theology and the arts whom we have lost: Tom Devonshire Jones and Jane Daggett Dillenberger. Peter L. Doebler offers reflections about the effect of aging on Rembrandt’s approach to the figures of Simeon and Anna. Julie Cadwallader Staub gives us five poems on grief and loss. We are also publishing Wilson Yates' keynote address from the 2014 SARTS meeting. John Shorb interviews Kikuko Morimoto, whose work was recently exhibited at the Brooklyn Zen Center.

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In this issue on the "aesthetics of silence," the portfolio features the work of Y.Z. Kami. Michael Hebbeler describes how art informs a seminar he teaches in discernment. Artist Jonathan A. Anderson writes of musician and composer John Cage. Brian Kirby reflects on the importance of silence for the Taizé community in France. Theologian Mark DelCogliano writes about his experience of silence when he lived for a time as a Trappist monk. Colleen Carpenter connects the themes of silencing and justice in her essay on feminicide. Biblical scholar David Penchansky offers a review of the film Silence.
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In this issue, ARTS is introducing a new portfolio section featuring Cory Dugan’s Gospel series. Poetry editor Mark Burrows curates four poems. Randall Lindstrom provides a tribute to the late Rev. Dr. Patrick Negri, an Australian priest and artist. Mark Burrows’ article, “Seeing Through Words,” which is on poetry as a visual art, also appears in this issue. Matthew Plescher’s work is featured in our “in the studio” section. John Shorb interviews Meg Hitchcock.
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This issue of ARTS features the piece Mary as Prophet, a sculpture by Margaret Adams Parker. Australia-based theologian and musician Maeve Louise Heaney attempts to articulate how those who have a hyphenated existence as both artists and theologians hold great promise for the theological enterprise. Mark Burrows curates four poems. Mark McKim proposes ways to think about Christianity anew.
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We have assembled this issue to put a spotlight on the beauty and wisdom of Islam. The issue opens with Deborah Sokolove’s review of Shirin Neshat’s Facing History exhibit. Eight poems by SAID are translated by Mark Burrows. Next, Rosalind Parker considers the British Museum’s mounting of the Hajj exhibit. Lastly, we are publishing an article by Meena Sharify-Funk, who discusses how Sufis were vital to the development of letter mysticism in Islam.
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We feature an interview with Los Angeles artist Lynn Aldrich. Elizabeth-Jane McGuire explores the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Amy E. Gray contributes reflections of her dual calling to Christianity and to art. Maria Fee writes about artist Natalia Goncharova’s prophetic stance in Russia on the eve of the Revolution. Sabrina D. MisirHiralall offers a piece on the pedagogy of mindfulness. Mark McInroy rounds out the issue with four new titles in theology and the arts.
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Jean Lamb reflects on the impact of the Second World War on her own family, and contemplates each Station of the Cross in light of the impact of the fateful night Jesus was betrayed. This issue of ARTS also looks intently, and in varying ways, at the end of life. Peter L. Doebler offers reflections about how age seems to affect how Rembrandt approaches the figures of Simeon and Anna over time. Julie Cadwallader Staub gives us five poems on grief and loss. John Shorb interviews Kikuko Morimoto.
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As Americans commemorate the milestones of the Civil Rights Movement, we offer an issue of ARTS that reflects on these kairotic times from the perspective of theological aesthetics. Philosopher George Yancy gives us a prophetic primer on the basics of critical race theory. Aimee Meredith Cox turns our attention to the resilient beauty of young Black girls in choreography. Malik JM Walker pulls us into the liturgical spectacle of the jazz funeral in New Orleans. ARTS Vol. 26, No. 1 (2014) OUT OF PRINT

Jason Steidl reflects on sacred harp singing and the Christian eschatological imagination. Jonathan Koestlé-Cate, provides us with a look at Patrice Moor's Stations of the Cross. Poems by Jane Hirshfield, Fr. John Julian, Sofia M. Starnes, and Diane Vreuls are published. Eric Worringer invites us to consider the pastor as curator of encounter. Art historian Rachel Hostetter Smith identifies some key strategies for transformative travel programs. John Shorb interviews Jennifer Scanlan. 
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Andrea M. Sheaffer examines the story of David as an archetype after which the story of Judith is crafted. Next, Ginger Geyer takes readers into the mind of a modern-day sculptor experiencing a paradoxical arts residency in Rome. Dean Seal highlights the Forgiveness 360 project, where the meaning of forgiveness is explored through drama and storytelling. John Shorb interviews installation artist Mandy Cano Villalobos, whose work is calling attention to the murders that are occurring in Juarez, Mexico.
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In this issue, Frank Burch Brown hopes for a more formal role for the arts in doing the work of faith seeking understanding. Also in this issue, Patrick Beldio speaks of the intoxicating joy and creeping disappointment of finishing a work. Cláudio Carvalhaes writes of the problematic hierarchy that exists within theological curricula, and seeks to equalize the playing field through a retrieval of the senses. John Shorb profiles the work of Linda Ekstrom. ARTS Vol. 25, No. 1 (2013)

Wilson Yates surveys the 25-year history of ARTS. We publish three poems by Pamela S. Wynn. Charles Pickstone examines the revolutionary dimension of the work of four artists short-listed for the prestigious Turner Prize. Jim Malone explores the importance of creativity in science as in art. Bobbi Dykema explores artist Mel Ahlborn's appropriation of the Roman Catholic tradition of supplication to the Virgin in face of serious illness. The issue reviews recent titles in theology and the arts. 
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In this issue, only available online, after a reflection by Editor Wilson Yates, Jim Malone writes of artist Egon Schiele's work as a spiritual seeker amid the social disintegration of his time. Mark Burrows writes of the energy of poetry in a culture of saturation. ARTS reprints an article by Mary Farrell Bednarowski who reflects on theological creativity and the powerful persistence of traditional religious symbols. In her article, she examines the power of art to offer anew symbols that engage us in transcendent ways.
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In  this issue of ARTS, John Handley recaptures the history of Rodin's intent to create the work Gate of Hell in light of Dante's Inferno. Wilson Yates offers a personal statement of his understanding of how spirituality and art are interwoven. Kimberly Vrudny explores the ethical question of photographing human suffering. Catherine Kapikian explores the possible roles of the arts in helping breach the decline in church membership and influence. ARTS Vol. 23, No. 4 (2012) ONLINE EDITION

In this issue, only available online, after a reflection by Editor Wilson Yates and a note from SARTS President Robin Jensen, Joan Carter reflects on an image of the Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks. Paul Myhre contributes an article on street art as declaration in the Arab Spring. Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu writes of bilinguality as central to the task of building the beloved community. And Sandra Bowden reflects on lithgraphs by Otto Dix.
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In this issue of ARTS, we bring you a symposium: Issues in Theology and the Arts: Kimberly Vrudny on ethical responsibility when photographing vulnerable subjects; Ted Smith on the relationship of beauty and justice; Cecelia Gonzalez-Andrieu on the responsibility of theologians treating the art of the oppressed; Deborah Sokolove on the importance of aesthetic knowing and learning; William Dyrness on the purpose and uses of art; and Deborah Haynes on Mikhail Bakhtin's insights on theory and art. ARTS Vol. 23, No. 2 (2012) ONLINE EDITION

In this issue, only available online, the editors recap the annual meeting of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. John Handley writes about Patrick Graham's work, Waiting for the Silence. Wilson Yates pays a tribute to the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art in St. Louis. James McCullough reclaims Graham Sutherland as a Christian artist. ARTS reprints Donna Jolan Fewell and Gary A. Phillips' article about Jewish artist, Samuel Bak.
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Terrence Dempsey explores modern and contemporary works of the crucifixion. Rod Pattenden explores a controversy that came out of the public's response to two works of art that won the prestigious Australian Blake Prize. Eileen Crowley takes us into her classroom in an exploration of how art and art making can engage and deepen our spirituality. John Handley focuses on the artist Morris Graves. Sophia Rose Shafi offers us an understanding of Shi'a pilgrimage. (Also numbered ARTS vol. 22, no. 3.)
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In this issue, only available online, after hearing from SARTS President Robin Jensen, Cindi Beth Johnson contributes an article on the prophetic art of Rose J. and Melvin R. Smith. Teresa Mason writes of symbols of resistance in Anton Juan's plays. We reprint Elisabeth Svalin's work on Michel Östlund's work, Apostles. Isaac and Christine Alderman publish a piece on biblical texts in graphic novels. And Elise M. Edwards offers the Jazz aesthetic as a model for theological discourse.
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In this issue, only available online, we have a welcome from Robin Jensen, President of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. The issue also features an article by Cindi Beth Johnson on painting as an act of reconciliation, based on the work of Chuck Hoffman nad Peg Carlson-Hoffman. Kimberly Vrudny contributes an article on racism implicit in an ad created by Amnesty International. And Wilson Yates reflects on Rublev's icon of the Holy Trinity.
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In this enlarged issue of ARTS, we are delighted to bring you a collection of essays on a single work of art: Stephen De Staebler's Winged Figure. Diane Apostolos-Cappadona undertook the major task of gathering, reviewing, and editing a diverse and incomplete collection of manuscripts upon the untimely passing of Doug Adams. The fruits of her work are beautifully seen in the essays of this special issue of ARTS. This edition is a special issue of ARTS  treats one of America's foremost sculptors.
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In this issue, we publish articles from United Theological Seminary's Consultation on the Role of the Arts in Interfaith Dialogue held in October of 2009 by Paul Myhre and Ronald Nakasone, and from a Symposium on the Art of John August Swanson held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, including essays by Alejandro Garcia-Rivera, John Handley, N. Frances Hioki, and Jenny Patten. A final article by Barry Stebbing introduces us to the artist Sister Marie Therese.
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Carla DeSola contributes an article on theology and dance. John Handley interviews Jane Daggett Dillenberger. Brenda Ihssen examines the battle between the iconoclasts and iconodules regarding the use of the painted icon within the Byzantine Church. Gary Phillips and Danna Fewell provide us with an introduction to the powerful work of the Jewish artist Samuel Bak. Joanne Braxton offers us an article on the African American visionary and self-taught artist Anderson Johnson.
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In this issue, we publish a symposium of essays on the teaching of the arts in an academic setting with offerings by Deborah Haynes, Linnea Wren, Paul O. Myhre, Theresa Mason, Daniel Deffenbaugh, Kimberly Vrudny, and Rebecca Berru Davis. In addition, Linda Mack, an architecture critic, writes about her recent visit to St. Petersburg and Novgorod. Bobbi Dykema Katsanis contributes an article on Noli me tangere works by modern American artists.
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Carolyn Manosevitz writes an article about living with the presence of absence after the Shoah. Sarah Middleton tells the story of the British Methodist Church's efforts to develop an art collection for use in its mission and ministry. Christopher Pramuk attempts to place the white Christian imagination at the edge of its customary and complacent systems of meaning. Deborah Sokolove shares a reflection about an exhibition at the Washington Theological Consortium.
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Wilson Yates offers tributes to John Dillenberger and Gregor Goethals, whom we lost in the last year. John Nurser contributes an article on Alec Vidler's work. Inge Linder-Galliard presents an article on Le Corbusier. Maureen O'Connell publishes on community murals in Philadelphia. Rebecca Berru Davis offers cuadros from the Peruvian Women of the Pamplona Alta as a vision of hope. Kimberly Vrudny attempts to assess the effectiveness of service-based pedagogies in theology and the arts.
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The first issue of volume nineteen is dedicated to Doug Adams, who died in 2007. Alice Anderman offers us a case study of one church that is undertaking the serious integration of the arts in its ministry. Virginia Maksymowicz describes the fear of coming out as a Catholic among her colleagues at the College Art Association and shows how the sacred and the secular have been bridged by the prophetic stances of accomplished artists in relation to social injustice. Poems and book reviews round out the issue.
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In the second issue of volume eighteen, we publish a panel of papers originally presented at the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies meeting in Washington, D.C. in 2006, hosted by the Luce Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary. The rest of the issue is devoted to reproductions of Otto Dix's lithographs, thirty-four of which are included in the issue. Book reviews round out the issue.
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In the first issue of volume eighteen, Doug Adams studies the art of Kiki Smith. Geraldine Wheeler offers a reflection on three Theologians and their favorite paintings. Jann Cather Weaver analyzes Andrei Tarkovsky's film, Mirror. Mikhail Sergeev contributes historical considerations of twentieth-century Expressionism.  James Leehan writes of a blending of Dine and Christian traditions. We round out the issue with book reviews and the poem, Landing, by David Wright.
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In the second issue of volume seventeen, we reproduce Michel Östlund's series, Apostles, along with Elisabeth Svalin's article about the series. Kimberley Lueck writes about the Dharma Arts of Shambhala Buddhism. Paul Myhre searches for Dali's sacramental imagination. Doug Adams writes of the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Deborah Haynes reflects on contemplation and the practice of art. And Rebecca Davis publishes about Krzysztof Wodiczko's repair of the world.
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In the first issue of volume 17, Laurel Gasque writes of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Christians in the Visual Arts. Frank Burch Brown contributes a reflective piece on Pope Benedict XVI's thoughts on the role of art and music. Michael Patella writes of the theology of The Saint John's Bible. Scott Robinson wrestles with what makes music spiritual. Diana Pasulka and Lauren Goodman write of a case of redemptive storytelling.
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Doug Adams offers a tribute to John Dillenberger and Jane Daggett Dillenberger. Deborah Haynes writes of contemplative pedagogy. Mikhail Sergeev traces the connection between the development of twentieth-century abstract painting and the historical realities of the same century. We publish four poems by Michael Dennis Browne. Karla Suomala writes about teaching undergraduates. Russell Re Manning defends Paul Tillich’s theology of art. And we round out the issue with two reviews.
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In the first issue of volume sixteen, Wilson Yates writes of the stunning Bigelow Chapel newly built at United Theological Seminary. Poet Pam Wynn examines Christian language in the poetry of Jane Kenyon. Rod Pattenden writes of an installation by Mirabel FitzGerald. Cara Anthony reflects on studying visual Christologies with undergraduates. Gayle Graham Yates reviews Deborah Haynes’ new book, Art Lessons: Meditations on the Creative Life.
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In the second issue of volume 15, we announce the creation of The Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, which was launched on the eve of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature meetings in Atlanta. Judith Rock reflects on theology and the arts. Frank Burch Brown publishes his composition, “Four Loves.” Linnea Wren writes of art in an age of AIDS. Patrick Negri asks, “Can a Modern Paint an Icon?”
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Wilson Yates reflects on the ACE meeting in St. Petersburg (2003), which had a focus on Andrei Rublev’s icon of The Holy Trinity. Edward Farley publishes an excerpt from his book on Christian ministry. Carolyn Manosevitz offers a reflection on her own works about the Shoah. Paul Myhre publishes an article on Edvard Munch. John Steven Paul presents a liturgical drama based. And Victoria Rue contributes an article on theatre as a pedagogical tool for theology. 
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In the second issue of volume 14, ARTS features a sculpture by artist C. D. Weaver. Wilson Yates contributes an article about Barbara Hepworth's sculptures. Janet Strain McDonald and Barbara Hughes describe a course they teach in theology and the arts. Susan Deborah King publishes a sermon. Nicora Gangi reflects on her still life paintings with biblical and religious allusions. Kirstin Herzog writes of images treating Jesus’ rather revolutionary words concerning children.
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John W. Cook and Dr. Evan Maurer write about a unique partnership between United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.Shirley Idelson writes of the Arts and Religion in the Twin Cities initiative, exploring whether, at the grassroots level, art and religion are as deeply in contention as they have been depicted in the press. Wilson Yates rounds out the issue reflecting on “What of the Future?: Plateau or Take-off in Religion and the Arts.”
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Patrick Negri provides insider access to the planning of the Dandenong Project. Gayle Graham Yates writes of Frank Gehry's design for the museum for the University of Minnesota. Art historian Linnea Wren writes of New York City as a highly visible stage for cultural celebrations and cultural divides in religion and the visual arts. Robin Jensen introduces readers to her book on portraiture in the early Christian period. Frank Burch Brown reviews three new titles in religion and the arts.
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Deborah Haynes expresses her appreciation of Margaret Miles. Gary Reierson examines Iris Murdoch's ethical explorations of human experience. Jae Ho Gil writes of the power of Minjung art to speak to us as the expression of an oppressed people. Catherine Kapikian looks at the ways we can look at art and understand how to see its religious character. Church musician Stanford Lehmberg and Brian Wren each contribute an essay on music as a form of theology.
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Outsider art is the theme of the second issue of volume twelve. Wayne Roosa treats artists who use religious symbols in non-traditional and provocative ways. Katherine Amos writes an essay that reviews Rosnak's typology of categories pertaining to folk art. Bernard Reymond writes of Paul Tillich's contrasting attitudes toward two works of art. Mary Farrell Bednarowski writes of the powerful persistence of traditional religious symbols.
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In the first issue of volume twelve, Wilson Yates reflects on the mayhem following New York Mayor Giuliani's threat to cut off funds for the Brooklyn Museum after its decision to curate the show Sensation. Robin Jensen contributes an sacred space and the liturgy. Charles McCullough reflects on his sculpture. Anne Pyle shares the art of Watanabe Sadao. Regnerus Steensma writes of the image of Christ in contemporary British art. Book reviews round out the issue.
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The first issue of volume eleven is a special ecology issue. It begins with the comic art of Bob Haverluck. Chris Smith reflects on her experience as a student and artist at Northern Clay Center. Adrienne Nock Ambrose writes on Marian sculpture in Late Medieval Germany. Don Saliers offers a piece on Christian liturgy. Donald Braxton discusses the landscapes of Charles Burchfield. Paula Seeger publishes on ecologically themed hymn texts. And four book reviews are published in this issue.
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The first issue of volume eleven is a special ecology issue. It begins with the comic art of Bob Haverluck. Chris Smith reflects on her experience as a student and artist at Northern Clay Center. Adrienne Nock Ambrose writes on Marian sculpture in Late Medieval Germany. Don Saliers offers a piece on Christian liturgy. Donald Braxton discusses the landscapes of Charles Burchfield. Paula Seeger publishes on ecologically themed hymn texts. And four book reviews are published in this issue.
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In the second issue of volume ten, N. Karis Towe reflects through photographic images of her mother, Margaret Heine Towe, on themes of death and dying, in “Discovering Beauty: Images of Death and Dying.” Fiona Bond and Huw Spanner interview Lord Puttnam, British film producer and educator, in “Running Time,” in which Lord Puttnam reflects on the relationships he perceives between art and religion. Randall Curb applies his analysis to Giotto’s painting, “The Meeting at the Golden Gate."
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The first issue of the tenth volume—the tenth anniversary issue—includes Linnea Wren’s paper on “Ritual Dance: Spirituality in Ancient Maya Culture,” and Elisabeth Stengård’s essay on “The Return of Mary: Modern Art in the Church of Sweden." Linnea Wren and her colleague from Gustavus, Don Palmgren, consider the role of the arts in religious studies in diverse ways—the former from a global perspective and the latter in the classroom studio.
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In the third issue of the ninth volume, Marie A. Conn and Thérèsa Benedict McGuire, both of Chestnut Hill, contribute an article, “Cracking Open Symbols: An Interdisciplinary Experience in Art and Religion.” Bob Brusic, from Luther Seminary, offers, “A Riot of Flowers: The Art of He Qi, Chinese Artist.” The article is accompanied by four of He Qi’s images. Rod Pattenden of Australia sends a piece called “Blood and Tears: The Art of George Gittoes.”
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In the second issue of the ninth volume, Katinka Vanderbauwhede, an instructor at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan, describes a creative venture in teaching a religion course by engaging students in the arts. “Christology and the Arts at Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City” is followed by a student’s paper on “Federico Fellini’s Quest for Spirituality.” Sri Lankan artist, writer, and musician, Nalini Jayasuriya, offers “A Tower of Mirrors: A Reflection on Art as Theology.”
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In the first issue of volume nine, Lucy McTeer Brusic, a weaver and writer, contributes an article called, “From the ‘Crooked Parament’ to the ‘Thread of Living Memory’: A Perspective on American Liturgical Weaving.” After visiting the studio of Joan Bohlig, Kimberly Vrudny shares her experience in “‘You Shall Know Them By Their Fruits’: Etchings on Biblical Themes by Joan Bohlig.” Contemporary iconographer, Tatiana Grant, offers a photographic essay on her icons.
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Of the third issue of volume eight, Wilson Yates reflects, “This issue offers works treating both the visual arts and literature. It is meant to be a feast of ideas varying from Jo Milgrom’s treatment of handmade midrash to a review of a significant arts conference sponsored by CAN (Christians in the Arts Networking), and an important review of Paula Carlson and Peter Hawkin’s study book, Listening for God: Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith.
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The second issue of volume eight has a distinctively international flavor, with articles by Allan Doig of Great Britain, Rod Pattenden of Australia, Seyed Alavi, an American born in the Middle East, and John Steven Paul of the United States, along with an article on works by Kenyan artists. Rod Pattenden offers an essay on “Visual Theology and the Community of Discernment.” And John Dillenberger encourages folks not to miss Cleve Gray’s Threnody paintings.
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Two of the addresses from ACE (Art and Christianity Enquiry) are published in the first issue of volume eight of ARTS. In the first, Robin Jensen explores why there are so few images of Jesus’ suffering, death, or resurrection in the first centuries of the Church. Regnerus Steensma reports on treatments of the crucifixion in Finland, Amsterdam, and New York City. Kimberly Vrudny contributes, “Medieval Treatment of the Queen: Austrian Manuscripts and the Quest for Esther.”
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In the third issue of volume seven, Doug Adams reports on work in the arts at the Graduate Theological Union, the Dominican School of Theology and Philosophy, and the Pacific School of Religion. Cindi Beth Johnson reflects on “Creating a Gallery and a Year of Exhibits at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities." Basil Ramsey, a British music critic, contributes his interview with Philip Brunelle, “To Hear, Share, and Enjoy: Philip Brunelle Talks to Basil Ramsey About Choral Music.”
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In the second issue of volume seven, ARTS features the Winnipeg Faculty of Theology conference on “Culture, Resistance, and Hope.” The coverage includes a collection of articles that explore the relationship of art to culture and the role of the arts in the lives of those who are marginalized—who live on the edge of dominant culture seeking, their voices not being heard. Gerry Haverluck, in her introduction to the essays, observes how art speaks with prophetic power, and transforms human lives.
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Of the first issue of the seventh volume, Wilson Yates writes, “In this issue we continue [reporting on the development of the arts in theological education] with an article on the work of one school deeply involved with the arts: Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis that has just appointed Frank Burch Brown to its new chair in Religion and the Arts." Mev Puleo treats the photography of Salgado, while the sketchings of Rembrandt round out the issue.
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In the third issue of volume six, Wilson Yates offers an homage to James Luther Adams, called “A Theologian and His Love of the Arts.” Margaret Miles contributes a piece on “Representing Religion in a Media Culture: Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever.” Kimberly Vrudny publishes an “Indictment of Human Cruelty: Jerome Witkin’s A Jesus for Our Time.” Gretchen Thompson offers an excerpt from her book, “Slow Miracles: Urban Women Fighting for Liberation.”
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In the second issue of the sixth volume, Peggy Shriver introduces a symposium on the Holocaust with articles that include “Music Conscience and Politics,” “Heroes of Conscience,” and “Hope and Despair.” Marilyn Chiat contributes “Art in the Early Synagogue and Church.” Wilson Yates rounds out an issue largely devoted to Judaism and the arts with “Reflections on Oscar Schindler.”
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n the first issue of the sixth volume, Wilson Yates announces that the ATS selected the research area of theology and the arts for Henry Luce III fellowships. Tom Devonshire Jones writes about “Text and Image: The Annunciation.” Deborah Haynes offers an article on “Theology of the Arts and the Vocation of the Artist." Margaret Miles contributes “The Revelatory Body: Signorelli’s Resurrection of the Flesh at Orvieto.”
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In the third issue of volume five, Wilson Yates discusses issues for discussion in the theology and arts dialogue. Peggy Parker reflects on her experience as an artist in “The Journey of Discovery: One Artist’s Experience.” John Dillenberger reflects on Doug Adams’ book, Transcendence with the Human Body: Degal, DeStaebler, Johns, and Christo (New York: Crossroad, 1991). Mary Charles Murray contributes an essay from The Quadrilog: Tradition and the Future of Ecumenism.
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In the second issue of volume five, Wilson Yates announces a shift in ARTS from more programmatic treatment of theology and the arts to more substantive, article-length treatment of scholarly essays in theology and the arts. Peggy Shriver provides musical and theological reflections on Bach in her article, “Yo-Yo Ma and Jarslav Pelikan in Concert.” Robin M. Jensen debuts in ARTS with her article, “Isaac as a Christological Symbol in Early Christian Art.” Jo Milgrom writes of the sacrifices of Abraham.
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In the first issue of volume five, Wilson Yates reflects on “Progress Past and Future,” commenting that “we have a lot of work ahead of us” before we can claim “a secure integration of the arts in theological study.” John Dillenberger contributes an article on theological education and the visual arts. Cliff Edwards writes of three Tibetan Buddhist monks who took up residence at the Virginia Museum as they labored to create, with the Dalai Lama’s permission, a once secret initiation mandala of sand.
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In the third issue of volume four, Wilson Yates reflects on the arts and theological disciplines in order to make the claim that “the theologian and the seminary have a special calling and responsibility to understand [the power of art], to interpret it in a way that the churches will understand, and teach us all how the arts and religion are intrinsically related and mutually dependent upon one another in the midst of their own unique autonomy and distinctiveness."
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In the second issue of the fourth volume, Wilson Yates put out a request to deans and faculty to report on the state of the arts in their seminaries and theological schools. George Pattison, of Kings College in Cambridge, contributes an article, “Art, Modernity, and Faith.” William Hendricks contributes “Clothes and Context: An Image of Jesus in Jeans.”
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In the first issue of the fourth volume, Wilson Yates writes about “Rumblings, Energy, and Creativity” at recent arts and theology conferences. Deborah Haynes makes her debut in ARTS by offering a review of the ACE (Art and Christianity Enquiry) in London, June 1991. The issue also announces a three-year study that was undertaken by John Cook on worship and the arts. Doug Adams publishes the second half of his interview with Jane Daggett Dillenberger and John Dillenberger.
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In the third issue of the third volume, Wilson Yates reflects on the “Integration of the Arts in Theological Education.” Jewish artist Ruth Weisberg reflects on her own work in “Creating The Scroll.” Doug Adams also contributes the first half of an interview with Jane Daggett Dillenberger and John Dillenberger. Kenneth T. Lawrence provides an analysis of mosaics in Ravenna in “The Mausoleum of Galla Pacidia, Ravenna.” Maria Harris provides a review of Images of Religion in Australian Art, by Rosemary Crumlin.
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In the second issue of volume three, Robert Detwieler of Emory University reports on “What Happened to the Arts, Literature, and Religion section of AAR at its New Orleans Meeting.” G. James Olsen contributes an essay he calls, “Embodied Spirits,” which is about an exhibition of Asmat art. Continuing the theme of Asmat art, Marcus B. Fleischhacker writes on Asmat art and spirituality. Gregor Goethals writes of audio-visual icons and rituals in “The Power of Television Images.”
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In the first issue of the third volume of ARTS, Wilson Yates strategizes for the meeting of the AAR in New Orleans that would decide the fate of the arts, literature, and religion section of the American Academy of Religion. Barbara DeConcini also communicates with readers of ARTS her understanding of the suspension of the section. Phyllis Lehmbergcontributes an article, as does Frank Burch Brown, who debuts in ARTS with an article on aesthetics and the theologian.
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In the first issue of the second volume of ARTS, Wilson Yates provides a statistical analysis of arts courses in theological education from 1979-1989, as reported in his study, The Arts in Theological Education. Doug Adams writes of art exhibitions in seminary libraries, including the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. The article includes images of an Ann Honig Nadel exhibition and a Rouault from the Miserere series.
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In the first issue of the second volume of ARTS, Wilson Yates provides a statistical analysis of arts courses in theological education from 1979-1989, as reported in his study, The Arts in Theological Education. Doug Adams writes of art exhibitions in seminary libraries, including the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. The article includes images of an Ann Honig Nadel exhibition and a Rouault from the Miserere series.
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In this issue of ARTS, we have articles that report on the work of religion and arts organizations, and a recent art exhibit; major essays on the field of religion and literature, the church and the arts in Germany, and motive magazine; and, an article by a choreographer and teacher on a work she has produced that explores religious themes. Editor Wilson Yates comments on each of these.
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In the second issue of ARTS, Gayle Graham Yates writes on the religious dimensions of the new sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Frank L. Dent examines work in worship and the arts at Union Theological Seminary in New York; Lawrence Pray reports on a United Church of Christ sponsored church architecture conference; and Wilson Yates discusses approaches to the arts in theological education.
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In the inaugural issue of ARTS, Wilson Yates begins with the words, “Welcome to ARTS—the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, a new publishing venture designed to serve those persons concerned with the future of the arts in theological education.” In “ARTS—A New Venture,” he gives a historical backdrop to the origin of ARTS, and outlines its purposes, including the hope that ARTS would serve as a catalyst for furthering the dialogue between theology and the arts.

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Author Guidelines

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ARTS is an academic journal of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. Article submissions are double blind reviewed by experts in the field.

ARTS welcomes articles on any topic related to the interrelationships among theology, religious studies, spirituality, and the arts. Because our readership is comprised of academics, clergy, and artists, we actively seek articles that treat intersections among these fields.

ARTS is ecumenical and inter-religious. We focus on the visual arts, but are open to article submissions in all artistic media.

In every issue, we publish about theology and the arts:

  • “in the study” (articles that are more academic in nature);
  • “in the sanctuary” (articles that are more practical in nature, and that typically pertain to the employment of the arts in the church, synagogue, mosque, or temple);
  • “in the studio” (articles that are more reflective in nature, most often submitted by artists about the spiritual dimension of their own work); and
  • "in the classroom” (articles that are pedagogical in nature, offering insight about how to teach the interdisciplinary nature of these fields).

These guidelines should inform submission of your article.

Standard References

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition

Text Format

  • Length: 3,500 to 5,000 words (8-10 page manuscripts are ideal)*
  • Margins: 1-inch all around
  • Line spacing: double
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: 12 point
  • Formatting: apply sparingly; use italics rather than underlining
  • Notes: embedded so that they automatically renumber; please use endnote style
  • Headings: up to 3 levels**

* Longer manuscripts are sometimes considered.
** Please make sure that levels are easily discernible.

Submit your manuscript in one Microsoft Word document that includes the following elements:

  1. Title Page, including:
    1. Author name as it should appear in the printed article
    2. Author biography that will appear with the article
  2. Body of the Paper, eliminating any reference to the author
  3. Notes
  4. Captions

Text Style

  • Text Style: US English;
  • Document Language setting: “English (US)”
  • Italics (not quotation marks) for words used as terms;
  • Include translations of non-Enlish words that are not in common use in English (e.g., for “Kunst,” but not for “sui generis”);
  • Spell out all books of the Bible unless there are many biblical citations; identify translation used (NRSV is preferable)

Citation Style

Turabian style;
Provide complete academic citations; “ibid.” where appropriate;
Use traditional (not postal) state abbreviations;
Include page numbers, especially for quotations;
URLs can be acceptable as elements of citations but not as citations themselves.


Resolution: 300 dpi for 4-color and grayscale
1200 dpi for line art
Size: Minimum 3″ for the short dimension
Color: CMYK (not RGB)
File Types: .jpg preferred

Please do not place any graphics in your manuscript. Make reference in the text to every work of art that will appear. Use figure numbering if necessary. (Figure numbering is often not necessary.) Send a high-quality image file with your manuscript.

Note: Permission to reproduce works of art must be obtained from the copyright holder—usually the artist, a gallery or other institution, a private collector, or a stock art agency—and appropriate documentation must be provided. Please discuss permissions with the editor upon acceptance of your proposal. Authors are responsible for acquisition of copyrights, including copyright fees. Submit permission documentation separately. ARTS will need to keep copyright permission documentation on file. Please also send the caption(s) as a separate file. Include:

Title of Work (Year)
Media, dimensions
Permission acknowledgment

Please request worldwide English-language rights, for full-color print with a print-run of fewer than 1,000.

Inquiries and submissions are welcome at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Call with questions: 651.962.5337.

Articles can also be mailed to:

Attn: Kimberly Vrudny | ARTS
University of St. Thomas
Mail # JRC 153
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


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Advertising space is available, on a limited basis, in each issue of ARTS.

Deadlines for submission of ads, with payment, is due according to the following schedule:

August 1 for the fall issue (due out each November);
February 1 for the spring issue (due out each May).

Interior Full Page
Full Page | 4.5″w. x 7.75″h. | $300
Inside Back Cover  |  4.5″w. x 7.75″h. | $350

Resolution: 300 dpi for 4-color, 600 dpi for grayscale
Color: CMYK (not RGB)
File Types: TIFF, JPEG, EPS, high-quality PDF

ARTS retains the right to deny advertising if the content is deemed unsuitable or irrelevant to the purposes of ARTS and its readership.

Partnership Program

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Institutional partners of ARTS support the vision, mission, and publication of ARTS. In exchange, ARTS provides an additional avenue of promotion for a school’s or organization’s work in religion and the arts. Please consider becoming a partner:

  1. The annual partnership fee is $500.

  2. Partner institutions will receive 20 copies of each issue to distribute at their discretion. Alternatively, partners can send names and addresses of twenty recipients, who will each receive a copy of each issue upon publication, compliments of the partner school.

  3. Partners are invited to place half-page ads in each issue, with advertising deadlines of September 1 for the fall/winter issue; and March 1 for the spring/summer issue.

  4. Partners are invited to provide news and notes about their programs and upcoming events to be printed in the journal and online, when possible.

  5. ARTS will provide a link from our website to each of our partner schools/organizations; schools will also be listed on the masthead of each issue, as well as in the footer of each email that goes out from SARTS/ARTS.

  6. Since ARTS is the journal of SARTS, the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, each partner school will be highlighted to members of the Society and will be appropriately acknowledged at SARTS conferences and events.

Currently, ARTS Partners are:

CARE: the Center for Arts, Religion and Education (GTU)

Fordham University

Fuller Theological Seminary

Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality

St. John’s University

Union Theological Seminary (NYC)

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Wesley Theological Seminary

University of St. Thomas

Yale University Institute of Sacred Music

For more information, or to become partner, contact Kimberly Vrudny at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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