Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar for College Teachers
June 12–July 2, 2016
Restoring Art to a Place in the Community: New Lessons from Early Renaissance Italy
The Studio for Art, Faith & History is delighted to have been awarded the grant from the Lilly Foundation to host the next Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar for College Teachers at Gordon College's facilities in Orvieto, Italy. The grant will fund twelve teachers from the Art and Christian Ministries departments of LFP member institutions to spend three weeks in Orvieto studying a theme at the heart of the Studio's mission. Visit the website: www.gordon.edu/lfpsummerseminar
The Soul's Journey into God: Walking in the Footsteps of Saint Benedict and Saint Francis
June 15–26, 2015, Orvieto
In collaboration with the Studio for Art, Faith & History, Rev. Dr. Susan Skillen, Canon for Spiritual Formation of the Anglican Diocese in New England and director of Spiritual Retreats in Italy, is leading a retreat that explores the lives and spirituality of Saint Benedict and Saint Francis of Assisi.
Quiet days in Orvieto given to study, discussion, prayer, and lectio divina alternate with pilgrimage-excursions to the secluded monastery of Subiaco the site of Benedict's first community, to the Benedictine monastery of Monte Oliveto with its fresco cycle of the life of St. Benedict painted by Sodoma and Sigorelli, and to Assisi, including the hermitage high above the Assisi valley on the side of Mont Subasio where Francis went for his own retreats.
Rev. Skillen's co-leader is Rev. Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, author of The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook (InterVarsity Press) and the recent True You: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Using Your Voice. She is widely respected as a speaker and workshop leader. Rev. Calhoun co-pastors Redeemer Community Church in Needham, MA with her husband Douglas.
JERUSALEM & ATHENS SEMINAR
December 28, 2015–January 11, 2016 Orvieto, Italy
Encouraged by the success of the inaugural Jerusalem & Athens Seminar in January 2015, the Studio for Art, Faith & History again joins forces with the Center for Faith and Inquiry to offer JAF291, a study-tour that combines the Great Books, Socratic approach of CFI's Jerusalem and Athens Forum honors program with the emphasis of the Gordon IN Orvieto semester program on experiencing Great Art and Great Books in situ—in their original settings.
Lead by Dr. Tal Howard, professor of History and director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry.
Housed in the renovated 13th century monastery that is home to the Gordon IN Orvieto semester program, the Seminar is open to students for credit, to alumni of the JAF honors and Orvieto semester programs, and to adult learners.
Find details about this year's theme and links to the on-line application HERE. Application deadline is October 15, 2015.
The Studio for Art, Faith & History partnered with the First Presbyterian Day School of Macon, GA to host a ten-day seminar July 2–12, 2014 for eighteen students and teachers on the theme: “Dante’s Divine Comedy and Luca Signorelli’s frescos of the Final Things in the San Brizio Chapel: Medieval and Renaissance responses to the Classical heritage.”
Light from Light: Photographs by Douglas Gilbert
April 7–14, 2014, Palazzo Simoncelli, Orvieto
The Studio for Art, Faith & History hosted a show of what may be the defining exhibition of photographer Douglas Gilbert’s long and distinguished career. The black and white photographs comprising Light from Light seem to testify not to something transitory and ephemeral but to the Real Presence of God. Gilbert’s career spans a long period with LOOK magazine, a body of photographs of the very young Bob Dylan, a stint in the art department of Wheaton College. His photographs are combined with commentary in four books—The Steps of Bonhoeffer; C.S. Lewis Images of his World; Flannery O’Connor Images of Grace; and Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan. Light from Light is the fourth collection exhibited by the Studio in Orvieto, including Gardens of New England, and Italian Light. Visit Gilbert's website.
In January 2013, the Studio for Art, Faith & History hosted a January-term course on British & American Writers in Italy developed by Dr. Martin Moldenhauer and Gordon Education professor Janis Flint-Ferguson for a group of students from Wisconsin Lutheran College.