Program Leaders:

Junko Chodos is an artist whose solo exhibitions have been featured at the Tokyo Central Museum, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Pasadena Pacific Asia Museum, and numerous other museums and galleries in Japan and in the United States. Born in Japan, she did her undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy of Eastern and Western Art at Tokyo's Waseda University and her graduate art studies at State University of New York-Buffalo. During this conference, the GTU Library features fourteen works from her Requiem for an Executed Bird series. After creating the works, she notes her realization that "the execution of the bird was crucifixion and that the freeing of the bird from his death by painting him as flying again in circles of heavenly air and light was a resurrection." Available at the GTU Bookstore are Metamorphoses: The Transformative Vision of Junko Chodos (the catalog of the artist's recent retrospective exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art) and Requiem for an Executed Bird (CD-Rom) with images of all the works from the series and excerpts from Junko's studio diary.

Dr. John Dillenberger is a Professor Emeritus of the GTU which he headed during its formative first decade and is author of numerous books on art and religion, most recently Images and Relics: Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in Sixteenth Century Europe. He serves on the ARC Board of Directors.

Dr. Doug Adams is Professor of Christianity and the Arts at Pacific School of Religion and on the core Ph.D. faculty in art and religion of the GTU. He is a past president of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture and author of eight books on art and religion including Transcendence with the Human Body in Art: Segal, De Staebler, Johns, and Christo.

Dr. Bonnie Hardwick is Director of the Flora Lamson Hewlett GTU Library, heads the Ph.D. Program in Art and Religion at the GTU, and focuses on the Santos of the Southwest and the art of Viceregal New Spain.

Dr. Ronald Nakasone is Professor-in-Residence of Buddhism and Art at the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education of the GTU where he teaches courses on Buddhist art and aesthetics as well as interfaith aesthetics. He is the author of many works including the book Ethics of Enlightenment and editor of the forthcoming book Buddhist-Christian Conversations on Religion and its Modern Challenges. He has a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy and Oriental Art History from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, an M.A. from Ryukoku University and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is ordained in the Buddhist church and is a teacher and exhibitor in the art of calligraphy.

Dr. Alejandro Garcia-Rivera, with a specialty in aesthetics, is head of the Ph.D. faculty in theology and serves on the core Ph.D. faculty in art and religion at the GTU as well as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. His recent books include: A Wounded Innocence: Sketches for a Theology of Art and the Community of the Beautiful: A Theological Aesthetics. Born in Cuba, he received his M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Dr Jane Daggett Dillenberger is Professor Emerita of Theology and Art at the GTU, a past president of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, and author of many books on art history including most recently The Religious Art of Andy Warhol. She serves as Vice-President of the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education and is a Board member of ARC.

Erling Hope is a sculptor focusing on contemporary liturgical art who investigates the influence of objects, images, and the built environment on religious sensibility. He served as artist-in-residence at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and is a Director of ARC and co-chair of its Program Committee. His works are in liturgical, private, and corporate collections throughout North America.

Robert Rambusch, ARC board member, is a liturgical artist and designer with Robert Rambusch, Associates in New York City. He has worked with more than twenty Roman Catholic cathedrals in their renovations.

Daniel Solomon is an architect and urban designer whose 35-year career combines professional practice with the academic pursuits of teaching and writing. Co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, he is the author of two books: Rebuilding (Princeton Architectural Press 1962) and Global City Blues (Island Press 2003) and many articles. Winner of national and regional design awards, his most recent project is a Jewish funerary chapel in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Patrick Quinn, former Dean of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has also been a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, visiting professor at universities in Rome, Sydney, Wellington, Ahmedabad where he was a Fulbright Senior Fellow, and York where he was a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies. He is a past president of the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Architecture. In addition to being FAIA, he is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Society of Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture. His writings on sacred space and design projects have been published in nine languages.

Eliza Linley is an architect, an ordained Episcopal priest, and teaches church architecture for the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education.

Stephen De Staebler is an artist whose solo exhibitions of sculpture have been featured at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, and many other museums in the United States and abroad. He did his undergraduate work at Princeton and completed his graduate work in art at U.C. Berkeley. He has been honored with Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. His commissioned sculptures may be viewed at the Oakland Museum, at the Moscone Center near the Museum of Modern in San Francisco, at the Oakland City Center, at Newman Hall Holy Spirit Parish (where he created his crucifix, the lectern, the altar, the chair, and the tabernacle); and at the heart of the GTU is his Winged Figure and nearby in the lobby of the PSR Mudd Building are his two sculptures, Man with Winged Head and Woman with Oval Head. The Hearst Museum recently named him one of the "West Coast's most profoundly influential artists" at the time of their new exhibition of his work and catalog publication entitled Stephen De Staebler: A Thirty Year Survey.

Susan Sutton is an architect and focuses on how architecture and religion inform each other as a Ph.D. student in art and religion at the GTU.

Dr. Michael Morris is Professor of Religion and Art at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and serves on the core Ph.D. faculty in art and religion at GTU. With specialties in iconography as well as film and religion, he is author of The Crucified Body of Christ: Art and Mysticism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries and Madame Valentino: The Many Lives of Natacha Ramova.

Tim Nuveen is founding president emeritus of the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education where he teaches courses on poetry. He is on the Board of ARC which he has served as vice-president. His poems appear in numerous published volumes.

C.A.R.E.

The Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (C.A.R.E.) incorporated in 1987 and affiliated in 1995 as a center of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California. C.A.R.E. creates and develops courses, conferences, interrelations, and scholarship which center on the relation between the two fields of arts and religions. C.A.R.E. provides fifteen-semester length graduate credit courses a year in "arts and religions" as well as eight intensive January Intersession courses. C.A.R.E.'s research and publication program has made possible twelve books including Postmodern Worship and the Arts (2002), Theater and Theology (2001) and the forthcoming Space For Faiths: Stephen De Staebler's Winged Figure and Arts and Religions at the Graduate Theological Union. C.A.R.E. paid all the costs for the GTU Library's sculpture Winged Figure by Stephen De Staebler. C.A.R.E.'s growing art collection by Rouault, He Qi, aboriginal artist Dini Campbell, et.al. are placed on long-term loan at GTU Library and elsewhere throughout GTU related schools. C.A.R.E. co-sponsored the "International Conference on Visual Arts and Religious Communities" at GTU and is a co-sponsor of the journal Arts: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.


 
             
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