Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 9

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception and Musical Guest
VCU Scott House
909 West Franklin Street

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Opening Keynote by U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright
Registration required
MCALC (Academic Learning Commons) 1107
1000 Floyd Avenue

Friday, April 10

8:00 – 9:00 am
Registration & Welcome Breakfast for Presenters and Faculty
VCU Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom
907 Floyd Avenue

9:00 – 10:15 am
Panel 1a: Religion, the Arts, and Van Gogh
– Introduction: Mark Wood
– Cliff Edwards — Love and Destruction in Religion and the Arts: The Case of Van Gogh’s Ghost Paintings
– Charles Davidson — The Changing Inner Landscape of Vincent Van Gogh: Becoming the ‘Nuclear Self’ of an Artist
– Laura Kreiselmaier — Transliminality: A New Lens for Understanding the “Temperment”al Artist
Student Commons
907 Floyd Avenue

10:30 – 11:45 am
Panel 2a: Art, Religion, and Ritual
– Moderator: Christopher Brooks
– Daniel Rosenberg — Crafty Hands, Wiser Eyes: Reconstructing Ancient Ritual by Consulting Modern Artists 
– Rebecca Hall — Between the Living and the Dead: The Three-Tailed Funeral Banner of Northern Thailand
– Kerry Lucinda Brown — The Role of Art and Ritual in the Survival of Buddhism in Contemporary Nepal
VCU ASPiRE 1004h
835 West Grace Street

Panel 2b: Christianity Symbolized
– Moderator: Cinzia Corubolo
– Ryan Smith — The Lighthouse: A New Christian Symbol
– Gina Kovarsky — The Poetics of the Visual in Dostoevsky’s The Idiot
– Bernardo Piciche — From Caravaggio to Pasolini: Transgressive Art for Christ’s Transgressive Message
VCU ASPiRE 1004g
835 West Grace Street

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch break
Boxed lunches available for presenters and faculty
VCU ASPiRE 1004a
835 West Grace Street

1:00 – 2:15 pm
Panel 3a: Post-Religion, Art, Revolution
– Moderator: Eugenia Munoz
– Kev Nemelka — Spirituality and the Revolution in the Art of Béla Condor
– Adi Louria-Hayon — Excessive Spaces: Minimalism and Metaphysics
– Camille Sung — A New Life of Matter: Analysis of the Gutai Art Association’s Materiality
VCU Globe 1030C-A
830 West Grace Street

Panel 3b: Storytelling Humanity
– Moderator: Terry Gau
– Leah Sievers — Beyond Testimony: Holocaust Survivors and the Future of Technology
– Amy Rector Verrelli — Art and the Essence of Humanity
– Rachel Schmid — Graven Images: The Power of Representing the Figurative in Art
VCU Globe 1030g
830 West Grace Street

2:00 – 3:30 pm
Workshop 1a: Arti-Facts: Divorcing the Demons
– Moderator: Terry Gau
– Laurel Robinson, Keaton Wynn, and Daniel Rosenberg — Artifacts: Divorcing the Demons–A Collaborative Gallery Installation and Storytelling Performance
VCU ASPiRE 1004a
835 West Grace Street

Workshop 1b: The Fashion of Our Spirit
– Moderator: Peter Kirkpatrick
– Kelly Feole Powers — The Fashion of Our Bodies
VCU Globe 1030C-A
830 West Grace Street

3:45 – 4:00 pm
Indian Dance Performance: Apsaras Arts Dance Group
MCALC (Academic Learning Commons) 2007
1000 Floyd Avenue

4:00 – 5:30 pm
Keynote Lecture: Ferris Olin–The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society
Introduction: Richard Godbeer
MCALC (Academic Learning Commons) 1107
1000 Floyd Avenue

5:30 – 7:00 pm
MCALC (Academic Learning Commons) First Floor Lounge
1000 Floyd Avenue

8:00 – 10:30 pm
Optional: The Acts of Faith Theater Festival (see the links below for details)

“Angels in America” at Richmond Triangle Players

“Sam & Carol:  a play where everything is true” at Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare

“Source: Scenes and Songs from Where You Are & Where You Want to Be” by Free Jambalaya:

Saturday, April 11

8:00 – 9:00
Breakfast for presenters and faculty
VCU Globe 1030J
830 West Grace Street

9:00 – 10:15 am
Keynote Lecture: Ori Z. Soltes — What Do We Mean By ‘Jewish Art’?
VCU Globe 1030J

830 West Grace Street

10:30 – 11:45
Panel 4a: Art, Religion, Sex, and the Body
– Moderator: Richard Godbeer
– Lisa Roberts Seppi — The Art of Kay WalkingStick: Desire, the Body, and the Divine
– Mandy Cano Villalobos– Ritual as Cult and Exhibition
– Sreekishen Nair — Building the Divine Bridegroom: Communion with Koothandavar
VCU Globe 1030C-A
830 West Grace Street

Panel 4b:  Practicing Art-Spirituality
– Moderator: Bernardo Pichiche’
– Anne Keener — Artist as Metaphysician
– Fleming Jefferies — Material Empathy: Navigating the Undercurrents of Cultural Experience
– Kathryn Zazenski — Desperately Seeking Awe: An Exploration of the Split Between Science and Spirituality 
VCU Globe 1030G
830 West Grace Street

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch break and round table discussions:
Boxed lunches available for presenters and faculty
Moderator: Jacquelyn Pogue
Mahasin Shamsid-Deen — Navigating Through Stoneland
Mark Anderson — Philosophically Speaking, Art Is Dead
Sabrina Boggs — Sufism: Religion in a Living Art
Amy Cook — Peace and Aesthetic Hospitality
VCU Globe 1030J
830 West Grace Street

1:00 – 2:15 pm
Workshop 2a:
– Priti Patil—Storytelling with Gestures

Moderator: Lynda Weaver Williams
VCU Globe 1030C-A
830 West Grace Street

Workshop 2b:
– Susan Singer—The Sacred Art of Mandalas: an Experiential Workshop

Moderator: Richard Bardgill
VCU Globe 1030G
830 West Grace Street

Workshop 2c:
– Ernesto Pujol — Performing the Human Spirit: Reclaiming Religion as Credible Material for Art Making in the West

Moderator: Ester Partegas
VCU Globe 1030H
830 West Grace Street

2:15 pm
Bus departs for Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
VCU Globe
830 West Grace Street

3:00 – 3:45 pm
VMFA docent tours of religious art/spirituality of art: Registration Required
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia USA 23220-4007

4:00 – 5:30 pm
Panel discussion: Art Reconstructing the Sacred
– Introduction/Moderator: Pam Turner
– Stephen Addis — Constructing, Deconstructing, and Reconstructing Zen through Brushwork
– Siona Benjamin — Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin
– Nina Paley — Animating Epics
Howard Risatti — Aesthetics and the Spiritual
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Reynolds Lecture Hall

200 N. Boulevard

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Reception: Registration Required
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Marble Hall
200 N. Boulevard

Sunday, April 12

10:00 – 10:45 am
Brunch and talk with Ed Trask: Registration required
Visual Art Center of Richmond
1812 W Main St
Richmond, VA 23220

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Bus tour of Mural Art in the City of Richmond featuring Ed Trask
Bus departs from the Visual Art Center of Richmond
1812 W Main St

Map of VCU’s Monroe Park Campus.

4 thoughts on “Conference Schedule

  1. Mark

    Hi Jillian,

    The bus tour will be just one hour, probably leaving from the Visual Art Center around 11 and returning by noon. Hope you can make it!
    – Mark

  2. Susan Buniva

    I just tried to register for the poet laureate’s keynote and was not allowed to register for anything prior to Sat. Does this mean you are already booked to capacity? Thank you so much for your help

  3. GJ Atwood-Waller

    Great! I am a VCU Alumni (1985) with BS Business with Marketing (minors in Religion & Psy).
    I created Independent Research combining Marketing & Religion. Here’s a link to some of my Photography on Fine Art America. One of the recent galleries is Holy Week. There are also images sprinkled throughout with religious overtones… Panorama features Holy Rest.

    I am also an Independent Author with 9 titles… One is Prayer Planner & Journal. The images in the book are my own. We are also a Santa Couple, that is gift bearing from the origins of St Nicholas of Myra. Another title is Seashell Santas (with a transformation focus & light ecumenical religious ending).

    I am interested in receiving updates, information, and collaborating. Also willing to present, speak, or plan activities. My husband is also a Librarian & Systematic Theologian (seemingly an oxymoron)! Together we are a creative 30 year married couple interested in arts & religion, holy leisure, and faith community.

    Hoping you have a great turnout for your conference! Wish I were available tho in a Training meeting in a different state. I reside in the NJ area (between Phila/NYC Metro areas).


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