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Taylor Art Department to host traveling art exhibit The Beautiful

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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 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:

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

For additional information, contact the Art Office: 765-998-5322 or

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