About the Conference
November 4–6, 2021
St. David's Episcopal Church
Beauty, Truth, and Goodness
CIVA, Christians in the Visual Arts, is thrilled to host the 2021 biennial conference in vibrant downtown Austin, Texas!
We can’t wait to share this conference with you. It’s like none other before.
Conference at a Glance
Local Art Exhibition and Welcome Reception at conference headquarters, St. David's Episcopal Church
Explore Groups - Learn More
Connection and Community
Prayer and Worship Time
Book Table and Author Signings
Late Late Show
Transcendentals are objective features of everything that exists, they are in a sense attributes of God. As God has revealed Himself through three transcendentals, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, we speak of these transcendentals as being complementary. If something is Good, it is also True and Beautiful. Likewise, if something is True, it is also Good and Beautiful. But when we consider Beauty, apart from her sisters, things begin to get complicated. We are all drawn to Beauty. It is part of our nature. It is a spark of the Divine imparted to us by the Creator. Beauty is a part of God, and as such, it is a way in which we are connected to Him.
The eastern fathers of the Church have contributed much to our understanding of the connection between Beauty and the Arts. We owe much to their thoughts and meditations on the place of beauty in our lives and that has helped us understand the value of a theology of Beauty. What we’ve learned is that Beauty has the power to draw us beyond itself and point to its source. When we consider a beautiful painting, we are initially drawn to its superficial aesthetics - but then it should draw us beyond the painted surface to contemplate the Truth and Goodness behind the image.
Of the three transcendentals, Beauty is the one we seem to understand the least. It is easy to see how the pursuit of what is True can lead us to a greater understanding of God. The same applies to Goodness. When we act rightly, we learn more about God and the reality of creation. This is no less true with Beauty. Beauty speaks to us through our imagination, allowing us to perceive reality on an intuitive, spiritual, and poetic level.
Traveling to Austin
The estimated average ride service cost $30 for a 25-minute journey between the airport and downtown Austin.
All conference activities will be within walking distance from most downtown hotels.
Street and garage parking are available throughout downtown Austin. Hotels may also offer guest parking based on individual hotel guidelines.
Registration / Conference Check In
After you’ve registered for conference we will send updates and conference schedules via email. Please be sure you have whitelisted in your email settings in order to receive our group communications.
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Once you arrive at the conference opening reception on Thursday evening, November 4th, there will be friendly CIVA faces ready to welcome you.
Lodging for conference is different this year. Please note that lodging costs are not included in the price of registration. Attendees should practice free will and arrange accommodations of their preference.
There are many hotels near our conference headquarters, St. David's Episcopal Church. Check the map for locations and hotel websites.
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown
JW Marriott Austin
The Westin Austin Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Austin
CIVA will not be reserving hotel blocks for our attendees. We believe there are plenty of options for every size, shape, and budget in the downtown Austin area.
CIVA will not be facilitating any room shares. However, you are more than welcome to make your own arrangements with those you know. After you register for the conference, you will be invited to a group in the CIVA Network specifically for conference where you can chat with fellow attendees and express a desire for a roommate.
You can find answers to other frequently asked questions on the FAQ page.
We look forward to gathering with you in Austin!