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Ms. Catherine Kapikian

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Founder and Director Emerita

Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion
 
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  • Founder
    Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary
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ART IN SERVICE OF THE SACRED by Catherine Kapikian « StoneWorks: A Global Arts Initiative
stoneworks-arts.org, 25 Sept 2014 [cached]
ART IN SERVICE OF THE SACRED by Catherine Kapikian [Translate]
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Evidence of this new renaissance can be found in the work of Catherine Kapikian and her book, Art in Service of the Sacred.
In the foreword Kapikian writes, "This book encourages congregations to take seriously the role of visual art in worship and in the broader life of the church. It proclaims the power of art when it is used as art (not merely backdrop or illustration), reclaims the presence of religious symbols in worship, asserts the importance of aesthetic dimensions of ecclesial space, and recovers the role of visual art to engage our sense and our imaginations as we seek to encounter the Holy One in our lives. This is, of course, not an easy task-especially when one considers the divide that continues to exist between the artistic community and the religious community. Kapikian recognizes this divide and seeks to cross it by inviting artists into the church while at the same time inviting the church into the gallery.
Kapikian's depth of experience, both as an artist and as a theologian, is a gift to the church. She easily traverses between philosophical principles and pragmatic proposals, helping the reader to see not only why, but also how. One of her greatest strengths is the ability to place an artwork within its proper context. She does not promote a one-size-fits-all approach, but rather encourages churches to think critically about the specific context within which they are working. (Included with the purchase of the book is a DVD that contains some specific examples of work made within ecclesial contexts.) In my own work I have found Kapikian's thoughts on forming an arts committee and sponsoring artists-in-residence to be particularly helpful.
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Chapel Reredos by Catherine Kapikian, 2000. West Market Street United Methodist Church, Greensboro, NC. This work was designed by Kapikian and needlepointed by members of the congregation. Kapikian is the founder and director emerita of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion and currently holds the title of Distinguished Artist in Residence at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. She engages in commissioned, ecclesial, site-specific works, most of which are grounded in what she calls participatory aesthetics.
All Notes - Bethesda Presbyterian Church
bethesdapresbyterian.org, 12 Oct 2011 [cached]
Ms. Hurwitz is an internationally acclaimed artist who developed a technique of glue thread imagery called Hadbakah.

Art: "Psalm 104" by Catherine Kapikian.
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Ms. Kapikian is the founder of the Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Site-specific artist Catherine ...
www.dcmilitary.com, 24 April 2014 [cached]
Site-specific artist Catherine Kapikian designed the 5-foot creation of wood and needlework with two additional side panels to provide hope for those who visit the small room in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed Bethesda.
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Site-specific artist Catherine Kapikian designed the 5-foot creation of wood and needlework with two additional side panels to provide hope for those who visit the small room in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed Bethesda. Site-specific artist Catherine Kapikian designed the 5-foot creation of wood and needlework with two additional side panels to provide hope for those who visit the small room in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed Bethesda.
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Site-specific artist Catherine Kapikian designed the 5-foot creation of wood and needlework with two additional side panels to provide hope for those who visit the small room in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed Bethesda.
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Site-specific artist Catherine Kapikian designed the 5-foot creation of wood and needlework with two additional side panels to provide hope for those who visit the small room in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed Bethesda. style="width:800px; margin:auto;"> Site-specific artist Catherine Kapikian designed the 5-foot creation of wood and needlework with two additional side panels to provide hope for those who visit the small room in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed Bethesda.
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Inside a small room within the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), youll find infinity at least that is the hope of artist Catherine Kapikian.
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May those of you confined in your seemingly small world, wrought through suffering and its imposed questions, see through this work that a future of infinite possibilities might be at hand, wrote Kapikian, founder and former director of the Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where she now serves as distinguished artist-in-residence.
Entitled, Infinity in a Small Space, the 5-foot creation of wood and needlework with two additional side panels aims to provide hope for those who visit the small room in the unit where staff members care for critically ill general surgery and trauma patients, like wounded warriors, who have undergone complex surgical procedures.
Kapikian said she drew inspiration from the Fibonacci Series, a mathematical principle of nature that expands without termination. The mathematical sequence of parts appears in abundance, found in such places as pinecones, faces of sunflowers, and positions of leaves on a stem, she explained.
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Kapikian made several visits to the room before developing the three-part art work.
As a site-specific artist, she considers both the space and community that inhabits it to create an installation of art, and brings in members of the community involved so it becomes a work of the people, she explained. She called in Kensington-resident Lynn Ticehurst, a friend and expert in needlework, along with retired Air Force Lt.
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It was like that for me, explained Kapikian, a recent widow of a Public Health Service captain and physician. I understand a hospital setting very well, she said. My husband and I have had our medical care here; my son was born here some 40 years ago this was giving back.
Kapikian said the three-part installation took more than a year to complete.
// CIVA : Christians in the Visual Arts
www.civa.org, 1 Aug 2010 [cached]
Liturgical designer Catherine Kapikian will be the primary speaker and panelist investigating the Church and Worship Space. Kapikian, Director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion, is an acclaimed artist and designer. Many of her large-format works are designed by her and fabricated by members of a commissioning community in what she calls "participatory aesthetics.
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Ena Heller, Catherine Kapikian, David Summers, Earl Tai
A liturgical arts seminar featuring ...
awfsite.brickriver.com, 18 Feb 2009 [cached]
A liturgical arts seminar featuring Catherine Kapikian will be offered at Epworth By The Sea, St. Simons Island, Georgia February 16-18, 2009.
Conference leader, Catherine Kapikian is the Director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion, Wesley Theological Seminary.
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