Assess Your Space

Determining the size of your space cannot be overemphasized. A banner which looks enormous before installation might look like a cocktail flag when it is raised into position.

Take a seat at the kids’ table

Michael J. Crosbie, the editor-in-chief of Faith & Form, an interfaith journal devoted to religious art and architecture, recently invited me to write a short piece describing some of the benefits of adding  communally created liturgical art to the worship experience. I am thrilled and honored to have this prestigious platform to briefly explain not…

A Life Dedicated to Sacred Art

A few weeks ago I had the honor of meeting Robert Rambusch and Larry Hoy of Renovata Studios, Inc. for lunch. What an absolute thrill to share a meal with these two men and engage in an inspiring discussion on the current state of liturgical art. I am pasting below a reprint of an article…

Gravel in my mouth

Life’s like that. Things happen. We choose to turn one way over another, or life takes us there. If we pay attention early on we might course correct. We can even find the grace.

When commissioning an artist is a no-brainer

Juanita Yoder is an extraordinary and prolific liturgical artist whose breathtaking use of color and movement is nothing short of stunning.  Juanita’s process takes into consideration the location and needs of the community for whom she is creating the art, but unlike the artist-in-residence or art ministry models discussed here,  she works alone on each…

No more blank stares

This is what I have learned. Very little attention is paid to the visual experience of Liturgy. I’m not referring to the architectural surroundings of the church, its statuary, permanent furnishings, stained glass, or vestments. I’m talking about sacred art which, in a manner similar to sacred music, but without a specific location in the…

Why add art to the Liturgy?

Liturgical art has a place in worship, and much like its architectural surroundings, art illuminates the mystery of the divine, the scripture being proclaimed, and the season being celebrated.

A Sacred Space

Liturgical celebrations and rites enable more than a brush with the divine; they become bridges to the sacred.

Everything old is…old again.

I wonder what this “traditionalist” movement which replicates what has already been done, and which effectively restricts the involvement of laity says about us as a culture. Will historians conclude from our return to the past that we lacked faith in the future?

Consider the following scenarios where art is created for worship:

1: A professional liturgical artist is commissioned to create a work of art. The artist takes into consideration the needs and culture of the community as well as the context of the liturgy the art will serve, and works alone to produce and deliver the completed art for installation. 2: A professional liturgical artist is commissioned…