By engaging local, national and international artists, the Visual Arts Ministry explores the intersection of art and spirituality. The Visual Arts Ministry at Saint Mark’s continues to expand with an increased focus on connecting the community with visual art. As construction draws to a close, additional pieces from the existing collection will be highlighted around the cathedral. A gallery for exhibits showcasing local artists is being created in the office hallway.
Two major exhibits are scheduled for 2018. Stations of the Cross, chosen by a jury of community artists, participates in a tradition of religious imagery while leaving space for the audience to actively engage with the installation. A traveling exhibit, I AM, showcasing 31 female artists working in various mediums from 12 countries, celebrates the diversity of human expression.
Stations of the Cross–Sculptural Reliefs by Virginia Maksymowicz
LENT 2018 (FEB. 14-MARCH 30), Event is free
Opening Reception: February 18, 2:30 p.m.
From Ash Wednesday through Good Friday, 2018, Saint Mark’s will exhibit Virginia Maksymowicz’s Stations of the Cross, cast sculptural reliefs in a tradition of religious imagery that dates back to the 13th century. Maksymowicz worked with a variety of models, culled from a wide range of ages and ethnicities. She explains, “I wanted the narrative of Christ’s passion and death to be represented in a way that is tensioned between the “specific” and the “universal.” Audio and text guides embedded in a mobile app (for Android and Apple) offer visitors several meditations to accompany their experience. For more information, or to participate in group experiences with the stations, contact Canon Daugherty, or Vi Lynk.
A Conversation with Virginia Maksymowicz
FEBRUARY 18, 10:10 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL
Throughout Lent, Virginia Maksymowicz’s Stations of the Cross will be on exhibit in the Nave. Virginia will be on hand to talk about ways of engaging with visual art as a spiritual practice. She will also share reflections about the Stations, including how one might interact with the exhibit during Lent.
Sanctuary, Josh Faught. Faught creates a textile that extends the length of the cathedral’s massive southeast pillar, still on display today. Through woven texts, sheet music, DVDs, and archival documents affixed to the textile’s face, the work integrates popular and sacred music, a supernatural soap opera, and records of gay politics, sexuality, and culture in Seattle. Bringing together craft, sociopolitical, and personal histories, Sanctuary also links expressions of romantic and erotic love with songs of praise and prayers. Read more about the work here and check out the Art in America feature on this piece here.
CONTACT: Questions, or have an idea for a future exhibition? Please contact Vi Lynk, Visual Arts Ministry Chair.