The Still Point Colloquy

March 28, 2018

Seeing Christ in the Darkness: A Creative Exploration of Holy Week with Artist Georges Rouault

The Still Point colloquy is an intimate gathering of creative voices for a rich engagement of theological questions. Using the resonant elegy of Holy Week and French artist Georges Rouault as our visual guide, Still Point’s first colloquy explored visions of Christ in the darkness as we journeyed together and with the global church toward the cross.

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Out of the Depths: An exhibition exploring the complex nature of the migrant crisis 

January 15–March 15, 2018

Out of the Depths is a collaborative traveling art exhibition that investigates the current migrant crisis from the perspective of a Lebanese street photographer (Fadi BouKaram, Beirut, Lebanon) and an American painter (Joe Cory, Birmingham, Alabama). In the exhibit, powerful images of the Middle East are juxtaposed with paintings based on filtered information mediated by American news sources. Motifs of water and navigational symbols further pervade the imagery, as viewers confront themes of proximity and distance along with complex images of humanity and assumptions of what it means to be living as a refugee. The exhibition is curated by Matt Schneider (Birmingham, Alabama).

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Beauty Given by Grace:
The Work of Sadao Watanabe

October-December 2017

From October to December 2017, Still Point hosted the original works of Sadao Watanabe, Japan’s foremost print artist of the 20th century. Born in 1913, Watanabe found inspiration in the mingei folk art movement that developed in Japan in the mid-1920s to promote traditional handcrafts made from natural materials. Working with his wife, Harue, Watanabe cut all his stencil patterns by hand and printed his images on handmade mulberry paper, coloring them with vegetable and mineral pigments. He created distinctive works both on untreated sheets of washi Japanese paper and large folio-sized prints on momigami wrinkled paper, made by crumpling and stretching sheets of mulberry paper to create a textured surface.

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Between the Shadow and the Light: An Exhibition Out of South Africa

 August-October 2017

A cross-cultural exhibit that explores the history, social wounds, and ongoing reconciliation efforts of South Africa. In June 2013, twenty artists and educators from North America and six African countries—Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe—gathered in South Africa for two weeks of living, learning, and creating together. They undertook an intensive program engaging South Africa and the remarkable role of art and artists within its history, culture, and contemporary reality.
“In South Africa,” says Okwui Enwezor, one of Africa’s most eminent art critics, “art is not just an interpretation or facsimile of history, but a moral force in the production of a new reality, and hope for a damaged society.” The resulting exhibit signals the way artists walk between shadow and light, the creative voices that offer the hope of resistance, remembrance, reconciliation, representation, and revisioning. Two of the participating artists, Margaret Allotey-Pappoe and Joseph Cory, will offer comments on their experience, the artwork, and the human need for creative hope within global and local realities of race and reconciliation.

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Hospitality was the first exhibition hosted by Still Point featuring work from 19 participating artists exploring the theme of hospitality. The artists spoke of making space, of seeing the unnoticed or the ordinary, the self and the stranger. They offered images of layers hidden beneath the surface, of ecosystems with room for darkness and beauty. They depicted humanity tied to humanity, the choice to embrace or exclude, and possibly, in the same moment, to entertain mystery. They demonstrated a generous reception of paint and spice and found-materials, playing host and making room.

Hospitality is an exhibit that considers the art of making space; the kind reception and entertaining of guests, visitors, and strangers; the virtue of a great soul who cares for the universe through the ties of humanity. It is both an exhibition and an invitation from nineteen contributing artists and Still Point.

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