Junko Chodos is an artist whose solo exhibitions
have been featured at the Tokyo Central Museum, the Long Beach
Museum of Art, the Pasadena Pacific Asia Museum, and numerous
other museums and galleries in Japan and in the United States.
Born in Japan, she did her undergraduate degree in History and
Philosophy of Eastern and Western Art at Tokyo's Waseda University
and her graduate art studies at State University of New York-Buffalo.
During this conference, the GTU Library features fourteen works
from her Requiem for an Executed Bird series. After creating the
works, she notes her realization that "the execution of the
bird was crucifixion and that the freeing of the bird from his
death by painting him as flying again in circles of heavenly air
and light was a resurrection." Available at the GTU Bookstore
are Metamorphoses: The Transformative Vision of Junko Chodos (the
catalog of the artist's recent retrospective exhibition at the
Long Beach Museum of Art) and Requiem for an Executed Bird (CD-Rom)
with images of all the works from the series and excerpts from
Junko's studio diary.
Dr. John Dillenberger is a Professor Emeritus
of the GTU which he headed during its formative first decade and
is author of numerous books on art and religion, most recently
Images and Relics: Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in
Sixteenth Century Europe. He serves on the ARC Board of Directors.
Dr. Doug Adams is Professor of Christianity and
the Arts at Pacific School of Religion and on the core Ph.D. faculty
in art and religion of the GTU. He is a past president of the
Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture and author
of eight books on art and religion including Transcendence with
the Human Body in Art: Segal, De Staebler, Johns, and Christo.
Dr. Bonnie Hardwick is Director of the Flora Lamson
Hewlett GTU Library, heads the Ph.D. Program in Art and Religion
at the GTU, and focuses on the Santos of the Southwest and the
art of Viceregal New Spain.
Dr. Ronald Nakasone is Professor-in-Residence
of Buddhism and Art at the Center for the Arts, Religion, and
Education of the GTU where he teaches courses on Buddhist art
and aesthetics as well as interfaith aesthetics. He is the author
of many works including the book Ethics of Enlightenment and editor
of the forthcoming book Buddhist-Christian Conversations on Religion
and its Modern Challenges. He has a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy
and Oriental Art History from the University of Hawaii-Manoa,
an M.A. from Ryukoku University and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is ordained in the
Buddhist church and is a teacher and exhibitor in the art of calligraphy.
Dr. Alejandro Garcia-Rivera, with a specialty
in aesthetics, is head of the Ph.D. faculty in theology and serves
on the core Ph.D. faculty in art and religion at the GTU as well
as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Jesuit School
of Theology in Berkeley. His recent books include: A Wounded Innocence:
Sketches for a Theology of Art and the Community of the Beautiful:
A Theological Aesthetics. Born in Cuba, he received his M.Div.,
Th.M., and Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Dr Jane Daggett Dillenberger is Professor Emerita
of Theology and Art at the GTU, a past president of the Society
for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, and author of
many books on art history including most recently The Religious
Art of Andy Warhol. She serves as Vice-President of the Center
for the Arts, Religion, and Education and is a Board member of
Erling Hope is a sculptor focusing on contemporary
liturgical art who investigates the influence of objects, images,
and the built environment on religious sensibility. He served
as artist-in-residence at Andover Newton Theological School in
Boston and is a Director of ARC and co-chair of its Program Committee.
His works are in liturgical, private, and corporate collections
throughout North America.
Robert Rambusch, ARC board member, is a liturgical
artist and designer with Robert Rambusch, Associates in New York
City. He has worked with more than twenty Roman Catholic cathedrals
in their renovations.
Daniel Solomon is an architect and urban designer
whose 35-year career combines professional practice with the academic
pursuits of teaching and writing. Co-founder of the Congress for
the New Urbanism, he is the author of two books: Rebuilding (Princeton
Architectural Press 1962) and Global City Blues (Island Press
2003) and many articles. Winner of national and regional design
awards, his most recent project is a Jewish funerary chapel in
Dr. Patrick Quinn, former Dean of Architecture
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has also been a professor
at the University of California, Berkeley, visiting professor
at universities in Rome, Sydney, Wellington, Ahmedabad where he
was a Fulbright Senior Fellow, and York where he was a Fellow
of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies. He is a past
president of the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
In addition to being FAIA, he is a Fellow of the American Academy
in Rome, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Society of Arts, Religion,
and Contemporary Culture. His writings on sacred space and design
projects have been published in nine languages.
Eliza Linley is an architect, an ordained Episcopal
priest, and teaches church architecture for the Center for the
Arts, Religion, and Education.
Stephen De Staebler is an artist whose solo exhibitions
of sculpture have been featured at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery
in Washington, DC, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco,
and many other museums in the United States and abroad. He did
his undergraduate work at Princeton and completed his graduate
work in art at U.C. Berkeley. He has been honored with Guggenheim
and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. His commissioned
sculptures may be viewed at the Oakland Museum, at the Moscone
Center near the Museum of Modern in San Francisco, at the Oakland
City Center, at Newman Hall Holy Spirit Parish (where he created
his crucifix, the lectern, the altar, the chair, and the tabernacle);
and at the heart of the GTU is his Winged Figure and nearby in
the lobby of the PSR Mudd Building are his two sculptures, Man
with Winged Head and Woman with Oval Head. The Hearst Museum recently
named him one of the "West Coast's most profoundly influential
artists" at the time of their new exhibition of his work
and catalog publication entitled Stephen De Staebler: A Thirty
Susan Sutton is an architect and focuses on how
architecture and religion inform each other as a Ph.D. student
in art and religion at the GTU.
Dr. Michael Morris is Professor of Religion and
Art at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and serves
on the core Ph.D. faculty in art and religion at GTU. With specialties
in iconography as well as film and religion, he is author of The
Crucified Body of Christ: Art and Mysticism in the Nineteenth
and Twentieth Centuries and Madame Valentino: The Many Lives of
Tim Nuveen is founding president emeritus of the
Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education where he teaches
courses on poetry. He is on the Board of ARC which he has served
as vice-president. His poems appear in numerous published volumes.
The Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education
(C.A.R.E.) incorporated in 1987 and affiliated in 1995 as a center
of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California.
C.A.R.E. creates and develops courses, conferences, interrelations,
and scholarship which center on the relation between the two fields
of arts and religions. C.A.R.E. provides fifteen-semester length
graduate credit courses a year in "arts and religions"
as well as eight intensive January Intersession courses. C.A.R.E.'s
research and publication program has made possible twelve books
including Postmodern Worship and the Arts (2002), Theater and
Theology (2001) and the forthcoming Space For Faiths: Stephen
De Staebler's Winged Figure and Arts and Religions at the Graduate
Theological Union. C.A.R.E. paid all the costs for the GTU Library's
sculpture Winged Figure by Stephen De Staebler. C.A.R.E.'s growing
art collection by Rouault, He Qi, aboriginal artist Dini Campbell,
et.al. are placed on long-term loan at GTU Library and elsewhere
throughout GTU related schools. C.A.R.E. co-sponsored the "International
Conference on Visual Arts and Religious Communities" at GTU
and is a co-sponsor of the journal Arts: The Arts in Religious
and Theological Studies.