Art Matters: The arts are a distinct component of the learning environment at United, designed to broaden the overall educational experience. The Center for Arts, Faith & Culture invites you to engage your creative spirit and discover ways in which the sacred is expressed and experienced through the arts.
The Arts as Transformation
The Center’s mission is to contribute to and support the work of artists, faith communities and churches by providing a means to explore the intersection of art and theology. Students, as well as the wider community, have a variety of avenues in which to engage the arts.
Visual, literary and performing arts are integrated into the curriculum of degree programs and certificate courses. A concentration in Theology and the Arts is offered for the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Programs. Arts-related courses can also be taken as individual electives or alongside other degrees and concentrations.
Four gallery areas provide exhibitions curated from the seminary’s permanent collection or larger shows featuring respected artists from around the country. Visit In the Gallery to see what’s on display.
You don’t have to be an enrolled student to experience the connection between the arts and theology. Everyone is welcome to participate. The Center offers an ongoing roster of events, workshops and programs.
- Summer Institute in Spirituality & the Arts—a four-day, on-site “retreat” with visiting artists
- Upcoming arts events
In addition to faculty who regularly teach classes related to the arts, the Center invites visiting professors and artists-in-residence who provide unique exposure to subjects not typically found in seminary curriculum. View the faculty page for the Center for Arts, Faith & Culture.
This program brings artists to United to live, teach and work within the community for varying periods of time. The presence of artists makes for a creative and dynamic learning environment. The ability to observe the imaginative process assists students in creative thinking and encourages thoughtful reflection. The 2014-15 artist-in-residence is celebrated photo documentarian Wing Young Huie.
Art studio: “The Intersection”
Head to the The Intersection alone or with a group. You’ll find a place stocked with provisions to help process, create or illuminate. The Intersection is available as a creative break between classes, a gathering space for working on projects or as the site of special workshops.
For more information about the Center, contact Cindi Beth Johnson, 651.255.6137.