Tuesday, February 26

Three Faith Traditions Celebrated through Art

by Lev Rothenberg

Art by Yohana Junker
I have always been deeply curious of what inspires artists.

I suspect that much of the greatest art is grounded in spirituality. The story of Joseph in the Bible, the Tao Te Ching and the works Michelangelo are just a few of countless examples.

With this in mind, the JCC Art Gallery has reached out to artists of three faith traditions to better understand how spirituality informs art.

Suzy Friedman is a fine artist with a broad range that includes Judaic art such as Ketuvot, illuminated Jewish marriage documents. Yohana Junker, a Christian artist, creates haunting abstract paintings that explore universal topics often inspired by Biblical text. Melissa Parrott Quimby finds inspiration for her bright artwork of imaginative shapes and textures from a meditative and Buddhist source. 

Together, these three artists will provide us with beautiful artwork and insights when we discuss their process at our free gallery reception on Thursday, March 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Here’s what we hope the reception will reveal: How is each artist’s designs shaped by her faith’s tradition? What is similar across faith traditions? What is different?

Following the reception, our exploration of art’s intersection with faith continues when we screen with our partners at Heartland Truly Moving Pictures the documentary film God in aBox.

On March 19, we’ll have the three artists back to the JCC – this time for a free panel discussion at 7 p.m. moderated by Rusty Moe, an outstanding Indianapolis poet whose work examines the spirituality that envelopes us and, in the case of artists, their art.

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