Pamela Alderman

Pamela Alderman, an artist without borders, demonstrates how art can engage participants within a safe space. Her two-part workshop includes a short presentation on how to reach a secular audience through art and a collaborative project called “Art Mysteries.” The hands-on activity, designed for artists and non-artists alike, challenges participants in team building as they problem-solve together. After coloring small wooden tiles, the group compiles the pieces like a puzzle. This fun team-building exercise celebrates collective community expression and demonstrates how art can be part of the healing solution.

Collage Workshop Leader

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James Anno

James. Anno earned his PhD in art history from Washington University in St. Louis, where he wrote a dissertation on the interrelationship of time and movement in Michelangelo’s art. From 2017 to 2019, James was the inaugural American Friends of Capodimonte post-doctoral curatorial fellow. At Capodimonte, James contributed to numerous exhibitions including Carta Bianca: Capodimonte Imaginaire, Depositi: Storie ancora da scrivere and Caravaggio Napoli. With interest in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, James has published essays on Francesco Guarino, Artemisia Gentileschi, and he co-authored with Christopher Bakke the exhibition catalogue Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum, which enjoyed venues in Seattle and Fort Worth. Since 2019, James has served as Associate Curator of European Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where he recently curated the exhibition Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library.

Breakout Presenter: Circa 1656: Parthenope, Plague and Mattia Preti’s Martyrdom of Saint Paul


Zac Bensen

Zac Benson is an international artist who has shown in Taiwan, Bulgaria, and throughout the United States.  He has also had public commissions in Australia, California, New York, and Washington, D.C..  His gallery work deals with the relationship between his personal faith and beliefs and his engagement with society while his public sculptures deal with the traditional relationship of scale and form.  He graduated with his B.F.A. in sculpture from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2011 and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from The University of Maryland in 2017. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Anderson University where he teaches sculpture and ceramics.

Plenary Panel: The Sublime in Art


Katherine Brimberry

Katherine Brimberry co-founded Flatbed Press with Mark L. Smith in 1989 to be a publishing press for fine art prints and open studio for artist-printmakers. At Flatbed she served and still serves as the master-printer for publishing and art director.  In 2012, Brimberry became the sole owner and director of Flatbed.  As lead collaborating master printer, Brimberry has worked with nearly 100 different artists to create over 500 editions or projects over the past thirty years. During Flatbed’s early years, Brimberry was an esteemed instructor of printmaking at Austin Community College, St. Edward’s University and Texas State University.

Plenary Panel: The Sublime in Art

Explore Group Host: Printmaking at Flatbed Press


Jeffery Carl

Jeffery Carl is a Chicagoland native who earned a BFA in Illustra- tion, an MA, and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from Northern Illinois University. For over 20 years he has taught at Judson University, where he also serves as Gallery Director and Chair of the Department of Art & Design.

Paper Presenter


John Cobb

John Cobb studied with Charles Normann at the Texas School of Fine Arts and attended college at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1976 he entered the undergraduate program at Rhode Island School of Design. Rather than obtaining a degree Cobb took advantage of their overseas program and traveled in Romance Europe for a year, returning eventually to obtain a degree in art from St. Edward's University. His art is a life-long project---to form a Chapel reflecting a deeper psychological meaning to Texas Bible-Belt religious sentiments.

Plenary Panel: The Sublime in Art

Ikon Chapel Artist Talk

Local Austin Hospitality 


The conference is an opportunity to meet many wonderful and creative people from within the CIVA community. Get to know those people who helped make this year's conference possible. Bios are in alphabetical order and include local Austin hospitality, presenters, workshop leaders and Explore Group guides.


Kristen Cochran

Originally from Portland, OR, Ms. Cochran moved to Texas to complete her MFA in sculpture. She has been awarded residencies in New York, Austria, Wyoming and Texas. Kristen has taught extensively at local universities and museums including The University of Texas, Dallas, The Nasher Sculpture Center and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Recent exhibitions include After Carolee: Tender & Fierce at Artpace, San Antonio, fare well at The Nasher Sculpture Center, chroma soma at Barry Whistler Gallery (Dallas, TX), Fold In at Lawndale Arts Center (Houston, TX) and GOALS at the Stein Galleries (Wright State University, Dayton, OH). She will participate in the NARS Foundation Residency in Brooklyn, NY in 2021.

Plenary Panel: The Sublime in Art


Joe Cory

Joe Cory is a visual artist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he also serves as a Faculty Fellow in Samford’s Center for the Worship and the Arts. Using fragmented imagery, he creates paintings, collages, and digital artworks to help him navigate the complex world in which we live. Cory is especially interested in using his work to serve as a reminder of God’s grace amidst a broken world. He exhibits his artwork across the United States and has received numerous grants and awards. He is a member of Shades Valley Community Church (EFCA) where he serves as an Elder. When he is not in the studio or classroom, Joe enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and watching sports.


Jennifer Craft

Jennifer is Associate Professor of Theology and Humanities at Point University in West Point, Georgia where she teaches courses in theology, philosophy, and the arts. She earned a PhD in Theology, Imagination and the Arts from University of St. Andrews and is the author of Placemaking and the Arts: Cultivating the Christian Life (IVP Academic 2018). She has also contributed to other publications such as Transpositions, SEEN Journal, Christianity Today, and The Visual Commentary on Scripture (forthcoming). Her latest research focuses on the prophetic imagination in contemporary art, along with the relationship between art and social justice.


Chris Dant

Chris Dant is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of North Georgia. He is an image maker and mixed media artist who makes work about the struggle against generational trauma and the hopes and longings we experience as we navigate through this world.

Paper Presenter


Kari Dunham

Kari Dunham is an adjunct art professor at Biola University, Irvine Valley College, and Laguna College of Art + Design. In her practice of painting ordinary objects, she gives voice to the quiet corners of the home. Kari has also written for SEEN JOURNAL and Biola’s Advent and Lent Projects.

Paper Presenter

Ted Eubanks

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Ted Lee Eubanks is the founder, CEO, and President of Fermata Inc., a leader in ecotourism, interpretation, sustainable development, and outdoor recreation planning. Photography is an integral part of his work, as well as a lifelong passion. Another passion of Ted's is nature, and the two come together in his lifetime involvement in nature photography.

Explore Group Host: Sacred Spaces: Austin's Historic Churches

Local Austin Hospitality


Maria Fee

Maria Fee is an artist, theologian, and educator. Her visual art explores ideas of fragmentation, metizaje (cultural mixing), alienation, and hospitality. These notions also drive her theological research currently explored through the art of Theaster Gates and other social practice artists. As an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, she delves into theology and art topics through courses like Visual Arts and the Christian and Capstone Theology and Art. Maria has also contributed her expertise and energies to the Brehm Center’s Visual Faith initiative. She currently lives in Pasadena with her husband Brian Fee, who is also an artist.


Steven Félix-Jäger

Steven Félix-Jäger (PhD, MFA) is assistant professor at Life Pacific University and chair of the worship arts and media program. An exhibiting artist and practicing musician, Félix-Jäger is also the author of several books, chapters, and journal articles about art, aesthetics, worship, and theology.

Paper Presenter


Robert Feuge

Robert's goal as an artist is to see the extraordinary in the ordinary and see the value in those things marginalized or discarded.  His foundation as an artist is grounded in childhood. He lived near a city dump that became his playground. Robert would rummage through those discarded things he found and create something new from seemingly disparate objects. He still embraces that childlike curiosity to ask "what else can this be and what is this thing trying to tell me?" Robert's goal is to see everything as an opportunity in teaching himself something new.

Art Workshop Leader

Local Austin Hospitality


Rev. Stephen Fields, S.J.

Stephen Fields, SJ is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Systematic Theology at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. With degrees from Yale and Oxford, he has been the Bannan professor at Santa Clara and has held the Maclean Chair at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and the Loyola Chair at Fordham University. His books and articles deal with a wide range of topics, such as metaphysics, aesthetics, nature and grace, modern interpreters of Aquinas, and Christian mysticism. Fr. Fields is an expert in philosophical theology and the history of Christian thought. He is the author of Being as Symbol: On the Origins and Development of Karl Rahner’s Metaphysics (2001), Analogies of Transcendence: An Essay on Nature, Grace and Modernity (2016), and numerous scholarly articles. His works often include reimagining the role of Christian art, revising the Thomist doctrine of God, and defending Christianity's unique claim in relation to other religions. He is former president of the Jesuit Philosophical Association.

Plenary: The Transcendent Art of Rouault and Grunewald in Light of Hans Urs von Balthasar


Kelly Foster

Kelly Foster is an architect and teacher with an MA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He teaches architecture, engineering, and graphic design in a public high school in the Austin area. His creative work includes writing, designing homes, playing bass guitar, and building furniture.

Paper Presenter


Kim Garza

Kim Garza is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Besides creating engaging experiences for students, she leads campus programming on vocational exploration and career preparation. She works on creative projects as a user experience designer and an experimental filmmaker in collaboration with her singer-songwriter husband, and she is a mom of two boys. Kim has been an active CIVA member since 2001 and serves in leadership with Doing Good Well. She holds a B.A. from Anderson University and a Master of Graphic Design (M.G.D.) from North Carolina State University.

Presentation Moderator

Local Austin Hospitality


Douglas R. Giebel

Douglas R. Giebel is a figurative artist who paints urban landscapes populated with human figures. He is Professor of Visual Art, emeritus at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. He has been involved with CIVA since its inception and appreciates how CIVA has fostered the integration of faith and work.

Paper Presenter


Delta David Gier has been called a dynamic voice on the American music scene, recognized widely for his penetrating interpretations of the standard symphonic repertoire, passionate commitment to new music, and significant community engagement. Orchestras Mr. Gier has conducted include the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.


Since 2004, Mr. Gier has been music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. During that period the orchestra has been lauded for its programming, including The Lakota Music Project, developed under Gier’s direction to address racial tensions between Native Americans and whites in the region the SDSO serves.

Plenary Panel: The Sublime in Art

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Shen, also known as :ShenShen210: "The Original West Coast Graffiti Girl”, has shown in museums, galleries and private collections spanning the globe. However, such amazing opportunities did not come without a price. Many adversities drove her deep into her sketchbook, and Shen now finds answers for life’s biggest questions from God, which she translates into solutions that are the worship experience that occurs as she paints. 

Mural Workshop Leader


Steven Homestead is an artist, composer, writer, curator, and speaker who works to promote honor, give voice, share wonder, and develop unity. Solo projects have been featured at Fuller Seminary, TEDxMission Viejo with community work rooted in Santa Ana, California, where he guest curated the 2021 Boca de Oro Festival.

Paper Presenter

Heart to Heart Moderator


David JP Hooker is an artist and professor of art at Wheaton College. He received an M.F.A. in Ceramics from Kent State University and a B.A. in English from Furman University. His works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and he has twice been part of the Dunhuang Ceramic Residency in Lanzhou, China. When David is not freaking out over deadlines, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Elaine, his children Abbey and Samuel, his dog, Meg, and his cat, Evee.

Plenary: In Praise of Ordinary, Everyday, Humdrum Transcendence


Heather Hornbeak

Heather Hornbeak is an Assistant Professor of Media Communications at Asbury University. She manages the John DeCuir, Sr. Art Collection and the Asbury University Production Design Studies Center website. She teaches print, instructional, and production design.

Paper Presenter


Balnina Youngkyung Hwang

Balbina Youngkyung Hwang is a globally-renowned expert and commentator on East Asian affairs, with extensive policy experience both in and out of government service. A former Fulbright schol- ar who holds a PhD, her current academic work focuses on the intersections of classical Western civilization with East Asia’s modernization.

Paper Presenter


Phil Irish

Phil Irish holds an MFA degree and makes paintings that are both fierce and beautiful. He has exhibited at artist-run, public, and commercial galleries. He has developed projects at residences including Banff, Vermont, and an icebreaker in the Arctic. He is Associate Professor of Art at Redeemer University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Paper Presenter

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Donna Kemper

Donna Kemper earned a double major in psychology and fine art from Grand Valley State.  Rather than earn an MFA, she found a portrait artist to apprentice with before she launched her art career.  She laid down that career to be a caregiver.  Now, she's transitioning back into art.

The Mercy of Lament Project Workshop Leader

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The Very Reverend Cynthia Briggs Kettredge

The Very Reverend Cynthia Briggs Kettredge is the Dean and President of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin TX. A graduate of Williams College, she received her M.Div., Th.M., and Th.D from Harvard University. She taught at Harvard and at the College of the Holy Cross. She is the author of Community and Authority: The Rhetoric of Obedience in the Pauline Tradition (1998) and Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of John (2007). Fascinated by the interplay of intellect and imagination in the interpretation of scripture, she wrote A Lot of the Way Trees Were Walking: Poems from the Gospel of Mark (Wipf & Stock, 2015). Appointed in 2013, she is the eighth dean and president of Seminary of the Southwest. Committed to theological education for the church, Dean Kettredge has served as a member of the Steering Committee for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion, as Chair of the Board of the Episcopal Evangelism Society, and President of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars. 

Poetry Reader


Jennie Kimbrough

Jennie Kimbrough received her BFA in 2004 from Missouri State University and attended Wichita State University for graduate studies from 2005- 2006. Her studio practice focuses on painting, while occasionally venturing into installation work. Her work has been featured in solo and group shows across the country.

Paper Presenter


Ben King

Ben R. King is Professor Emeritus and former director and associate dean of the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College, an institution he first joined in 1980. From 1992 to 1996, he also served as professor and chair of the department of music at Sam Houston State University.

 A native of the Texas Panhandle, Ben holds the DMA in vocal performance and music literature from the Eastman School of Music and earned B.Mus. and M. Mus. degrees in vocal performance from Texas Tech University. He has appeared with Houston Grand Opera, New Orleans Opera, Gulf Coast Opera, and Western New York Opera, among others.


Edward Knippers

Edward Knippers holds an MFA from the University of Tennessee and has worked in the studios of Zao Wou-ki, S. W. Hayter, and Otto Eglau. He has also studied at the Sorbonne, Paris (language) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been shown extensively thoughout the U. S. and abroad including the L A County Museum, Cheekwood, Nashville, the University of Oklahoma, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC., The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Palazzo dei Setta, Orvieto, Italy and the Vatican Museum, Rome. Books and periodicals include: LIFE Magazine, the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Baltimore Sun, Fort Worth Star-Telegraph, New American Painting, Art Voices and two monographs: Violent Grace, A Retrospective (paintings) and The Art of Edward Knippers, Prints and Drawings. Most recently his work was included in Jesus Now, Art and Pop Culture.

Gallery Talk


Kent William Larson is a husband, father of five, Vineyard pastor, heart healing prayer counselor, emotional maturity coach and trainer, musician, painter and craftsman, a networker of artist connection and collaboration, storyteller, organic church planter and coach and burning lover of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Heart to Heart Moderator


Barbara Lidfors is a figurative and landscape artist who paints the allure of everyday moments. Her work celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary people and places around her. As the daughter of CIVA’s founder, Eugene Johnson, vshe shares his aspiration for artists of faith to create a vibrant community of support, encouragement and affirmation.

Heart to Heart Moderator


Bobby Martin is an Artist / Educator / Facilitator who works out of 7 Springs Studio in Oklahoma. Martin’s artwork is exhibited and collected internationally in group and solo exhibitions, the most recent being a one-person exhibition entitled But You Don’t Look Indian… . His current project, Altars of Reconciliation, is a three-person show featuring Martin, Erin Shaw (Chickasaw-Choctaw) and Tony Tiger (Sac & Fox-Muscogee-Seminole) that focuses on the experiences of the artists as Native Americans and as Christians. An enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe in Oklahoma, Martin holds a Professor of Visual Arts position at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Conversation: Cultural Transcendence


Paige M. Medlock earned her PhD at University of Stirling and is an Art Education Lecturer at Middle Tennessee State University, with degrees in art ed, theology, and visual culture (Asbury University and Seminary, Aberdeen and Stirling, UK). She has taught art, worked in arts administration, is a practicing artist and mom to son named Luke. She presents with her father, Rudy Medlock.

Rudy Medlock is Professor Emeritus at Asbury Uni- versity and is one of the early founders of CIVA; he is a practicing artist in ceramics, stone carving, and stained glass from his 200-year-old log cabin studio in Ken- tucky. He is married to Pat, and they have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Paper Presenter


Nadia is the founder and the director of the Florence Classical Arts Academy and New Renaissance Foundation. She has received a degree in graphic design at Grekov Art College, Rostov-on-Don and earned her masters degree at  "Academy of Fine Arts", Florence, Italy ("Accademia di Belle Arti"). Nadia has held several exhibitions in Russia, Ukraine, and Europe and is an experienced teacher in graphic design, painting, drawing and composition.  Nadia has also worked as a graphic designer and the Art Courses Director for the University of Nations at the Kyiv (Ukraine) St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don (Russia) branches.​​

Plenary Panel: The Sublime in Art


Jeffery Morton is an accomplished painter specializing in various interpretations of the landscape. Morton’s work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, including the Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, and the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. Morton has served as a professor of art at Covenant College since 2000.


Mary Nees is a landscaper rooted in the grand prophetic story. She was trained in Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University, earned her MFA in printmaking at East Tennessee State University, and did studies at the Barnes Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Penn sylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Paper Presenter


Tatiana Nikolova-Houston

Tatiana Nikolova-Houston was inspired by her father, an artist and theatre director, and earned advanced degrees in preservation and history of Slavic manuscripts and Orthodox iconography. Her art depicts the Light of the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and the prayers of the Church.

Paper Presenter


Sylvia Orozco, co-Founder and Executive Director of Mexic-Arte Museum, has been with the organization since its incorporation in 1984. She received her B.F.A. in Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin in 1978 and completed course work for an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from the Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City in 1983. Among many other honors, in 2007, Sylvia received the prestigious Ohtli Award from the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior of the General Consulate of Mexico, and in 2009 was selected for the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mexican American Cultural Center and on City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell's Community Cabinet.


Delro Rosco

Delro Rosco is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University. An illustrator for over 30 years, his current work hovers between abstraction and hints of reality. They are chronicles of discoveries and the search for hope. Delro has exhibited internationally and is represented by Artrue Gallery, Taiwan.

Paper Presenter


Sean Schiavolin

Sean Schiavolin cultivated his reverence for storytelling through his family’s expat travels around the world. After studying liberal arts, broadcast production, and the local culture of his New Orleans birthplace, he began his film career of more than two decades. Sean’s work has been featured in the New York Times, India Times, Freakonomics, and the Vatican. His six-part Humanum Series has been described as a stunning blend of film, animation, and art, exploring “the timeless design of Man and Woman as an ancient, ecological wisdom and beauty.”

Film Presentor


Erin Shaw is a painter of borderlands, the spaces between worlds. As a visual storyteller, the child of an Oklahoma farm, Shaw tills the rich soil of dichotomy through her masterful use of color, iconography, and story. A Chickasaw-Choctaw artist, she creates in a state of tension, where both solemnity and humor pervade and truths are revealed in unanticipated ways. The artist earned a BFA in studio art from Baylor University and MFA from the University of Oklahoma. She is Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at John Brown University, an international speaker, and a featured artist in Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art, among other exhibits.

Conversation: Cultural Transcendence

Presentation Moderator


Fr. Andrew Showers was born and raised on the east side of Madison, and was ordained a Catholic Priest for the Diocese of Madison on June 30, 2017. Fr. Showers completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. He entered seminary in the fall of 2011, and after two years of philosophy studies and the University of St. Thomas (MN), he was sent to Rome for his theological formation. Fr. Showers completed both his S.T.B. (Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus – bachelors in sacred theology) and S.T.L. in Liturgical Theology (sacrae theologiae licentiatus – license in sacred theology)  at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, with his License Thesis focusing on the Location of the Choir and its Ministerial Significance in Sacred Space Design. Fr. Showers is now in his second year as Parochial Vicar at St. Paul’s Catholic Student Center on the UW-Madison campus.


Shannon Sigler

Shannon Sigler is the executive director of Fuller’s Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. She has a passion for pastoring artists and building bridges between art and church communities. Shannon is completing her doctorate at the University of Manchester. Her research seeks a Wesleyan paradigm for the arts in spiritual formation and corporate worship.

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Claire Stinson Sloderback

Claire Stinson Sloderbeck is currently living in Forest Park, GA, with her husband, where they are caregivers for her grandfather. She recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Point University.

Paper Presenter

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Christine Lee Smith

Christine Lee Smith is an award-winning photographer in Southern California. In 2019, Smith was a finalist in the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery award. Her artwork has appeared at the Duncan Miller Gallery, MoLAA, and several other venues.

Paper Presenter


Alex Sosler

Alex Sosler is Assistant Professor of Bible and Ministry at Montreat College and Assisting Priest at Redeemer Anglican Church in Asheville, NC.

Paper Presenter


Laura Tabbut

Laura Tabbut is based in central Ohio and works in installation, new media, and textiles. Her work considers current ecological issues and questions the rituals and routines of the American landscape. She currently teaches at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and serves as the Gallery Administrator for the Schnormeier Gallery.

Paper Presenter


Tim Timmerman

Tim Timmerman is a professor of art who has taught students how to make stuff for over twenty-five years. His work has been exhibited in over twenty-seven solo shows. Tim is a sojourner, maker, writer, goodness seeker, storyteller, truth hound and a notorious friend, uncle, and brother. 

Paper Presenter


Bishop Joe S. Vásquez

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez studied at St. Mary Seminary and the University of St. Thomas, from where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Theology. He then furthered his studies at the Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1980 to 1985. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of San Angelo on June 30, 1984, by Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza. On November 30, 2001, Vásquez was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-Houston and Titular Bishop of Cova by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on January 23, 2002. On 26 January 2010 he was appointed as bishop of Austin by Pope Benedict XVI filling the vacancy left by Gregory Michael Aymond who was appointed archbishop of New Orleans. 

Prayer and Blessing of the Artists


Erin Ware

Erin Ware is a mixed media artist living in Savannah, GA, with her husband and two kids. She completed her MA in Theological Studies at Regent College (2018), and in her work, she explores themes of memory, presence and absence, and the tending of our everyday lives.

Paper Presenter


Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt

Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt is Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. Holding a PhD, her research and teaching focus on representations of race and gender in modern and contemporary art and art’s capacity for engendering empathy.

Paper Presenter


Denise Weyhrich

Denise Weyrich is an installation artist and founder and co-curator of Seeds Fine Art Exhibits. Constantly intrigued with the metaphorical, Denise is driven to create installation art. Transformations have brought her from art teacher to artist, from graphic designer to art professor, and now as a curator & installation artist. The balance of life, health and healing are subjects that require constantly attention in our hurt and hurried society. By going into those places of suffering and sharing common human experiences through authentic forms, her art resonates.

Casting Crowns Workshop

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Ray Williams

Ray Williams, Director of Education and Academic Affairs at the Blanton Museum of Art.

Before Austin, Williams was appointed the first ever Director of Education at the Harvard Art Museums. Previously, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the Ackland Art Museum. While at the Harvard and Sackler Museums, Williams stewarded a project initiative that brought English language learners and those applying for their United States Citizenship test into the museum. The project, titled Engaging New Americans: Explorations in Art, Self, and Our Democratic Heritage” was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and served to connect American art with an immigrant experience, through gallery sessions, discussions and activities. Also at the Harvard and Sackler Museums, Williams developed programming that brought physicians and medical educators into the museum spaces for lessons in close looking, and empathy and communication skills; this work further carried over to the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.

Explore Group Host: Blanton Museum of Art & Ellsworth Kelly


David B. Witwer

David B. Witwer is a multimedia artist and filmaker living in Orlando, Florida. As a creative contemplative, he chases, collects, and creates glimpses of the eternal. As an Enneagram 4, David loves his eclectic life of family, foreign films, backpacking, and breweries.

Paper Presenter


Taylor Worley

Taylor Worley serves as visiting associate professor of art history at Wheaton College and project director for "Thinking about Thinking: Conceptual Art and the Contemplative Tradition" funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. He completed a Ph.D. in the areas of contemporary art and theological aesthetics in the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews. Taylor is married to Anna, and they have four children: Elizabeth, Quinn, Graham, and Lillian.