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Taylor Art Department to host traveling art exhibit The Beautiful

  • Published: Sep 17, 2019 10:30AM

The Taylor University Art Department will host a national traveling art exhibit, The Beautiful, which will be open to the public from October 18 – December 6, 2019. The exhibit is made available through CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts).

The Beautiful features thirty-three original artworks, carefully selected to speak to the theme of Beauty as it is found in a fallen world. Encounters with beauty are essential to human flourishing. Indeed, such experiences capture our imagination and animate our souls; they invite us to pause and consider the nature and meaning of our material world and the one who created it all. In the modern period, artists often had a conflicted relationship to beauty. On one hand, they were drawn to beauty’s sublime qualities. On the other, they realized that a superficial understanding of beauty could be either a means to avoid the world’s suffering or a charm that incites consumer desire. Nonetheless, our need for beauty remains. In the shadow of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace there exists what some describe as a “broken beauty” — beauty that captures heart and mind while contending with the fallen nature of our world. This exhibit gathers contemporary works of art executed in a variety of media that bear witness to beauty as it appears to us in the complex landscape of contemporary culture.

An artist talk will be held Friday, October 18, at 6:00 pm, in the Metcalf Gallery. Reception to follow.

The Metcalf Gallery is located in Taylor University’s Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center in Upland, Indiana. Gallery website: https://metcalfgallery.com/

The Metcalf Gallery hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

For additional information, contact the Art Office: 765-998-5322 or visualarts@taylor.edu.

CIVA is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 dedicated to exploring and nurturing the relationship between the visual arts and the Christian faith. CIVA hosts a range of other traveling exhibits; information can be found at civa.org/exhibits.