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.
Led 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.
Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) and the Studio for Art, Faith & History announce an annual series of Study Tours in Orvieto (Italy) on the theme: WHO MAKES THE ART WORK?
Study-Tour #2: Especially for Pastors, Priests, and Lay Leaders
The Uses of Art in the Life of the Church: pre-modern models for postmodern conditions
January 14 – 23, 2016
Building on the success of a pilot seminar in January 2015 in Orvieto (Italy), Cameron Anderson (executive director of CIVA) and Dr. John Skillen (director of the Studio for Art, Faith & History) announce the launch of an annual January Seminar in Orvieto on the theme: “Who makes the Art Work?” Each year’s Study Tour will be cast for a particular clientele.
The January 2016 study-tour offers pastors and church leaders a rich experience of artworks from medieval and Renaissance Italy, commissioned to support the work of the church in worship, devotion, and service. The art provides a frame for considering how we can foster in contemporary churches and Christian communities a more astute use of the arts in the work of the people, applicable to the features of contemporary culture but answerable to the traditions of the church.
Participants will visit dozens of masterworks by the great artists of the Renaissance. But we will see this art in situ – in the places where they did their work as pulpits, altarpieces, doors and baptismal fonts; in cathedrals and parish churches, and family chapels; in monastery cloisters, dining halls, and chapter houses; in town halls and guild halls.
Four excursion days punctuate the relaxed pace in Orvieto, making time for study and reflection, fine dining and wine-tasting, invigorating walking and exhilarating conversation – much of which will surely occur in the various cafés of Orvieto.
Retreat guests will sojourn in the thirteenth-century monastery of the Servite order in Orvieto – home of Gordon College’s arts-oriented semester program.
Cost for the study tour is $1,750. Included are lodging, meals, transportation on excursions, and all entrance fees. Not included are airfare and independent meals. Write Dr. Skillen for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 has 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 early-career faculty members in art, art history, Biblical studies, and Christian ministries from LFP member institutions to spend three weeks in Orvieto studying a theme at the heart of the Studio's mission. For complete information visit the website: www.gordon.edu/lfpsummerseminar