Nicole Barger. Faith Unscripted: An Experiment in Public Theology

Nicole's project is a collection of essays, formatted for the world of online interaction. These will be posted online in two different ways: through the Conversations page of the Brehm Center website, and through the artist's personal website, www.faithunscripted.com. Additionally, Nicole is engaging in other conversations online, where pertinent cultural conversations are already happening. A new article is posted at her website every Thursday, join the conversation.

Cynthia Glass. Everyday Sabbaths

Cynthia’s project is a contemplative space with artistic, visual, and responsorial elements that are meant to evoke contemplation of God’s presence in the world as relates to our experience of time. The sacramental time of the Sabbath can be akin to the time spent in contemplation of art or music. Both are time outside of time: both have different qualities than clock time. Perhaps the different quality of this time is a taste of what time is like for God…

Charlina Gozali. My Places

My Places is a compilation of original songs written to reflect the attitudes of vulnerability and honesty demonstrated by the psalmists. The Christian walk is marked with a wide range of human emotions and experiences with God that are often absent from corporate worship. My Places wrestles with moments of joy and sorrow, trust and doubt, victory and defeat. My hope is that through these songs, many will know that they are not alone in facing both the mountains and valleys of the Christian road

Gillian Grannum. Playing in Tongues: Jazz Vespers

Gillian’s thesis project explores the themes of creation and re-creation (improvisation) through a jazz vespers worship event. Drawing from the monastic tradition of evening vespers and the spontaneous inventiveness of jazz performance, Gillian seeks to create a musical space in which participants collectively image God as creator and master artist.

I Know. by Gillian Grannum

A recording of Gillian's Original Composition, I Know, can be found on our resource page.

Matthew Jimenez. Plastic Jesus: A X-Mas Story

Plastic Jesus is a work of young adult fiction that deals with issues such as reality and fantasy, life and death, acceptance and rejection, the status quo and the possibility of creating change. The story concerns a group of young misfits who restore an abandoned building on the outskirts of a town. The building becomes their private space for religious and social creativity centered on a plastic Jesus Christmas decoration. However, when disaster strikes, the kids are put to the test...

Ianran Wenonie Ling. Praise Movements: Worship with Sign Language and Hula Dance

Passionate and practical, Wenonie feels that her calling is to enable believers to experience a deeper understanding of worship through the visual and performing arts. For this particular project, Wenonie choreographed a piece for worship that incorporated sign language and hula dancing. She then taught that choreography to believers with no previous dance training, creating a forum for the exploration and utilization of worship movement in which the entire body can be used.

John Lui. Future of Theology and Arts Education (FOTA)

His thesis project is an anthology that includes interviews, articles, photographs and illustrations and seeks to offer a wide-range of perspectives on the issue. Upon completion of his M.A in Theology, John Lui will continue his career as a visual artist and his interests in art education at Cranbrook Academy of Art where he will pursue a Master’s of Fine Art this Fall.

John Lui. Future of Theology and Arts Education (FOTA)

Images from John's FOTA project.

John Lui. Future of Theology and Arts Education (FOTA)

Images from John's FOTA project.

John Lui. Future of Theology and Arts Education (FOTA)

Images from John's FOTA project.

John Lui. Future of Theology and Arts Education (FOTA)

Images from John's FOTA project.

Christopher Min. Untitled

This thesis project endeavors to synthesize art theory and theological discourse through a series of artworks and accompanying essays addressing issues in five spheres of our contemporary situation. Recent and emerging developments in politics, economics, religion, technology and ethics are considered as they contribute to our ever-evolving understanding of what it means to be human. The results of this project will be published in a book and online later this year.

Christopher Min. Untitled

Image from Chris Min's Project

Christopher Min. Untitled

Image from Chris Min's Project

Christopher Min. Untitled

Image from Chris Min's Project

Christopher Min. Untitled

Image from Chris Min's Project

Christopher Min. Untitled

Image from Chris Min's Project

Christopher Min. Untitled

Image from Chris Min's Project

Bryan Moore. Brokeness and Grace: A Call to Prayer

For his project, Bryan is designing an event entitled "Brokenness and Grace: A Call to Prayer,” which explores how film can be used within the context of corporate worship. His service incorporates prayer, music, and an original film dealing with the current state of brokenness within the American church.

Elspeth Noble. Trading Places, Changing Spaces

Elspeth’s thesis project is an attempt to explore Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed through a theological lens. Theoretically she will put Boal in conversation with Liberation Theologians. Practically she will be running a theatre workshop with people who are homelessness. Her prayer is that the workshops will be a safe arena for people to explore, embody, and encounter new people, horizons, and imaginative possibilities so that they may glimpse what it means to be human in light of God’s love.

Stacey Joy Percival. Samaritan

Stacey’s project explores the theology of music in film through an original film fueled by pre-composed music. The film itself is a retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan and expresses themes of compassion, empathy and mercy. Drawing from music by composers who have successfully expressed those emotions, the project explores how music in film can create an emotional and spiritual environment that reaches people's heart. Her desire is that the audience is moved toward acts of compassion

Stefan Robinson. Fully Alive: Play/Pain

Stefan is putting together an Art Show at Knox Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, CA, that shows and discusses this intersection between theology and art. The art show is about the tension of everyone’s life being simultaneously full of play and joy, pain and suffering. It will incorporate visual representations as an expression and starting point for discussing this tension.

Camille Tucker. Cellular

For her thesis project, Camille is writing, directing and producing Cellular, a short film about Fatima, a young Muslim woman who discovers she is pregnant only days before her mission to ride the LA metro strapped with a bomb. A series of events cause her to call the suicide mission into question. In the subtext, Cellular is about the confluence of faith and culture and how everyday human encounters can often have extraordinary consequences.

Nicole Weldon. Worthy: An Art Quilt

Worthy is an "art quilt" designed to hang on the wall rather than lay on a bed. The subject matter was born out of the artist’s exploration of a theology of self-care, paying special attention to the disparity between what a person's self-perception is and how God and others perceive that person. The theology of self-care—taking care of oneself as a valued and worthy member of God’s creation, while not denying the Biblical call to sacrifice—is a field of particular interest to the artist.

Nicole Weldon. Worthy: An Art Quilt

Images of quilt in process

Nicole Weldon. Worthy: An Art Quilt

Images of quilt in process

Nicole Weldon. Worthy: An Art Quilt

Images of quilt in process

Nicole Weldon. Worthy: An Art Quilt

Images of quilt in process

Michael Wright. Hymns of Silence

His thesis is a collection of folk songs and hymns that express his experience of contemplative prayer and the creative process. His hope is that these songs will create space in worship for silence, suffering, and unanswered prayers and will ultimately help artists experience the creative Spirit of God.

ArtVentures: Master’s Thesis Projects

May 2nd - June 20th
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