CIVA’s (Christians In the Visual Arts) 2015 Biennial Conference was hosted this year at Calvin College, and I had the privilege to attend and photograph the first two days of the four-day event. For those of you who don’t know, I graduated from Calvin this past May with a B.A. in Studio Art; so, for me, this event was right up my alley and nothing short of a great experience.
Artists, educators, curators, and church leaders were invited to and came from all over the world to build community, celebrate and expand their knowledge of the relationship between art and the church. I was able to engage with the event’s keynote speakers, traveling artists, and other attendees and volunteers. Hearing so many stories, plans and ideas from those who share my same love and appreciation for art was incredible. In my own conversations, I heard everything from the upcoming curriculum plans for various universities, to personal inspiration for studio practices. In scheduled sessions, I learned and heard about developing my career and personal practice as an artist. This event was the perfect, little end cap to my career at Calvin, and I could not have been more grateful to spend my time with those who are devoted to both their faith and art!