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.
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.
Art in academics
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.
- Theology and the Arts courses (this is a sampling of courses, not necessarily available in the current year)
- Concentration in Theology and the Arts—master’s and doctoral level
- Certificate in the Arts and Spirituality for Spiritual and Religious Leaders
Four gallery areas provide exhibitions curated from the seminary’s permanent collection or larger shows featuring respected artists from around the country. Right now, we’re featuring an exhibit called Both/And: A Conjunction of Opposites by tapestry artist Sheila Held. Visit In the Gallery to learn more.
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. Our most recent artist-in-residence was celebrated photodocumentarian Wing Young Huie.
Head to the The Intersection alone or with a group. You’ll find an art studio 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, contact Cindi Beth Johnson, 651.255.6137.