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Events This Semester

Desire: An Evening of Musical Reflection

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt Divinity School G-20 (Arts Room)

Luther Young

While pursuing his Master of Divinity degree, Luther Young has undertaken research at the intersection of race, sexuality, and theology. An extension of the M.Div. Senior Project entitled "Pimps and Sissies: Gay Men, the Black Church, and Liberation Theology," Desire uses song and narration to illustrate how gay black men of faith maintain their relationship with God, either within or without the Black Church. Luther along with members of the community will perform musical selections to guide reflections about the experiences of gay black men in religious contexts. Desire will be held Thursday, April 5th in the Divinity School Arts Room at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Eikon: A Triple Encounter

Gallery Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 - 2 PM (Room G-20)


Lecture: The Canopy and the Byzantine Church

April 14, 2018 • 3:00 p.m. Divinity School Room G-23

Dr. Jelena Bogdanovic, MA’02
Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Lecture followed by a gallery showing for the exhibit, Eikon: A Triple Encounter (on display March 23-April 20).
Sponsored by: Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Program in Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture, Department of History of Art, Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies, Department of Religious Studies, and the Department of History.
This event is free and Open to the Public.
The Canopy and the Byzantine Church



In My Lifetime: An African American Perspective

February 1 - 28, 2018

In observation of Black History Month, Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture is pleased to partner with the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies to present an exhibition of paintings and mixed-media works from Nashville artist Omari Booker.  Gallery hours and artist's statement to be announced shortly.

In My Lifetime


Past Events

March 16 - April 28, 2017



Triptych offers an invitation to encounter narratives of identity, as expressed by six artists. The show will feature works by: Chip Boles, Louisa Glenn, Terry Lynn, Ndume Olatushani, Steve Stone Jr., Brian Wooden.

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, March 16 (3-7pm), Vanderbilt Divinity School, G-20, ground floor 

Weekly Gallery Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Noon to 2PM - Room G-20 (ground floor Divinity) 
and by appointment (

Please note that the gallery will be closed Friday, April 14th in observance of Good Friday.



February 2 - February 24, 2017

Invictus: 20 works Celebrating African Americans' Pursuit of Freedom and Will to Survive

Hunted Slaves

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2, 2017; 3-7PM - Room G-20 (ground floor Divinity)

Closing Reception: February 22, 2017; Noon - 2PM - Black Cultural Center (Vanderbilt campus)

Invictus: A Meditative Reflection,  February 24, 2017; 5-7 PM - Room G-20 (ground floor Divinity)  with Phillis Sheppard, Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture & Calvin Settles, Jazz Pianist  

Weekly Gallery Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Noon to 2PM - Room G-20 (ground floor Divinity) 
and by appointment (