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Friday February 20th @ 7PM in Reading Room

POSTPONED due to weather!

I Sing The Beloved Community

Song, spoken word, and performance art featuring students, faculty, and staff of Vanderbilt Divinity School


Freedom Rider Ivor "Jerry" Moore

February 23, 2015 at 3PM in Room G-20

Musician Ivor "Jerry" Moore will discuss his life-changing experiences as a 1960s Freedom Rider and perform songs that played an important role in the historic civil rights protests. 

Jerry Moore   


Movimientos: Artworks by Jairo Prado

January 15 - March 13 (except first week of March)

Gallery Hours: Monday 1:10pm - 3pm, Tuesday 1pm - 3pm, Wednesday 12:00pm - 1pm

Jairo Prado spent his childhood in Bogotá, Colombia.  When Prado was six years old, an artist from the university rented a room from his grandmother.  Watching the artist work, Prado felt immense joy and knew that art would be his life.  Prado attended the District School of the Arts, National University in Bogotá.  Since then, his works have been included in numerous juried exhibitions and have been purchased for museum, corporate, and private collections.  



The Role of the Arts in

Theological Education:

A Round Table Conversation


Thursday, Oct. 30th - 4PM - Room G-20

Panelists Heather Daugherty (Trevecca Univ.), Steven Guthrie (Belmont Univ.), Rocky Horton (Lipscomb Univ.), Robin Jensen(Vanderbilt Univ.), Robert MacSwain (Univ. of the South: Sewanee), Dave Perkins (Vanderbilt Divinity School), and Taylor Worley (Union Univ.).  




Subjects With Objects:

A Unique Collection of Paintings and Text by Jonathan Richter and DKM

September 4 - November 14, 2014

ONGOING GALLERY HOURS: Mon-Fri; 12-1 PM @ Art Room (G-20) Divinity


Before relocating to Nashville, Jonathan Richter attended the Otis Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles.  In his art and animation studio Richter produces animation for a variety of clients and purposes including the feature film Blue Like Jazz.  The works for Subjects With Objects were painted on location, as did Toulouse-Lautrec, in bars, pubs, and restaurants. 

Writer  DKM contributes to the "Subjects With Objects" exhibition by providing interpretive, poetic captions for each painting.  Sometimes playfully, sometimes with deep insight, DKM's captions expand the variety and scope of meanings available to the exhibition audience.



Amy Grant

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

3-4 PM in the Arts Room (G-20)

 amy grant


Topic: Amy Grant's theology of song and her methods of song craft.
Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture is pleased to present an open session with acclaimed singer-songwriter Amy Grant.  Grant is an American music icon who has crossed genre boundaries and earned the respect of fans and peers with her honest and vulnerable approach to songwriting.  In her 25 year music career, Grant has had six #1 singles, sold over 30 million albums and won six Grammy Awards.  

Cunning Animals Know


Duino Suite: Drawings Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's First Duino Elegy by Ken Procter

October 2 - December 4, 2013

 Vanderbilt Divinity Art Room

(G-20, ground floor)

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, October 2nd
Time: 12-6 PM
Gallery Hours:
Mon 11AM-1PM; Tues 9-11 AM; Wed 11AM-1PM
and by appointment (

                                                                                                      FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
An exhibition of over 30 powdered charcoal drawings by artist Ken Procter in response to poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s first Duino Elegy.  The artist's technique involves a level of abstraction that allows Rilke’s poetry to take root in unfamiliar soil—the landscape of Southern forest.  Procter earned the M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After twenty-five years at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, he is now Dean of Arts and Sciences and professor of art at Georgia College & State University, in Milledgeville, Georgia. His art has appeared in dozens of juried, group and solo exhibitions, and is included in university and corporate collections, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art, and numerous private collections. Procter is represented by Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta. He has been a regular contributing editor to Drawing magazine since it began publication 10 years ago.

Prophets, Harlots, Witches and Warriors: The Untamed Women of the Old Testament

Thursday, April 4th 2012      7 pm     Room G-20

Sherry Cothran  is a musical artist, songwriter, and the pastor/preacher of a multi-cultural urban congregation.  On April 4th, Sherry will present Prophets, Harlots, Witches and Warriors: The Untamed Women of the Old Testament.  A combination of Sherry's own style of prophetic speak, group interaction and performance of Sherry's songs profiling what she calls the "untamed women of the Old Testament." The listener/participant will experience a sometimes raucous but intimate encounter with text, poetry and prophetic vision from the ancient to modern world. The event is free and open to the public.



(Sculpture, Drawings, Paintings)

god:HEAD poster

February 21 – April 26, 2013  

Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture is pleased to announce the opening of its spring art exhibition, god:HEAD .  The exhibition celebrates artistic interpretations of the human face in the forms of paintings, drawings, and sculpture.  god:HEAD opens on Thursday afternoon, February 21st with a wine and cheese reception in Room G-20 on the ground floor of Vanderbilt Divinity School from 3-7 PM.  

Featured artists include Jimmy Abegg, Kit Reuther, Buddy Jackson, Samuel Dunson, Todd Greene, Thaxton Waters, Shane Doling, Jonathan Richter, Jeff Bertrand, DL Taylor, Jason Lott, and Timothy Tyler.  Ongoing gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 12-2 PM and by appointment at .

In putting together the god:HEAD exhibition, we began with the question of how artists are able to capture human qualities beyond the physical when they draw, paint, or sculpt the human face.  Or, asking the question from the other direction, is it more the case that the viewer adds spiritual qualities to the artist’s renderings?  It is our hope that when one encounters this collection of faces, their life force will be evident.  We expect that the individual works will speak to each other and together as a group and stimulate conversation on what it is that artists attempt to capture in portraits and what it is that viewers hope to find.


Fall Salon 



Jacob's Ladder


Helen LaFrance: Biblical Visions

September 20 through November 16

Vanderbilt Divinity Art Room (G-20, ground floor)


Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 20, 2010  4-7 PM


Gallery Talk

with Kathy Moses and Bruce Shelton
Tuesday, Sept. 25. 4-5 PM

Gallery Hours:

Mon-Tue-Fri  11:00am - 1:00pm




    Helen LaFrance is a 93-year-old self-taught artist whose depictions of her childhood in rural Kentucky are winning the interest of art collectors, museums, and an ever-widening audience. In contrast to her “memory” paintings, LaFrance painted a series of religious images, which have never been shown. The Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture program at The Divinity School at Vanderbilt University is pleased to sponsor the inaugural exhibition of Helen LaFrance’s Biblical visionary paintings. The forthcoming catalog for this exhibition describes LaFrance’s religious paintings: “These works have a life force the effect of which is that they are not mere renderings of Biblical events or memories of personal visions or revelations, but something alive. The works are the visions. The paintings are a mode of doing theology. They are Biblical hermeneutics visualized. They show the artist working creatively with text and concept. Her freedom of imagination in visualizing the sacred text is a quality that enriches contemporary religious thought, practice, and education.“


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