Introducing Art Appreciation Week

Transpositions will be devoting the next week to Art Appreciation! Together with some guest contributors, we’ll be exploring what it means to “appreciate” art, what role the church has in encouraging and cultivating art appreciation, and what the history and tradition of art can teach us. The schedule for the next week is as follows:

Monday, 3 October: Sandra Bowden, one of our previously featured artists, who has worked with both CIVA and MOBIA, will explore the value of learning the language of art.

Tuesday 4 October: Jenna Actaboski, a PhD student in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, will look at the relevance of art appreciation in the age of endless advertising.

Wednesday 5 October: Jim McCollough reviews Gregory Wolfe’s Beauty Will Save the World, a book about the tradition of “Christian humanism” and its value for our Christian engagement with and cultivation of the arts and culture.

Thursday 6 October: Our own Anna Blanch will explore the church’s role in forming a culture of discernment in the arts.

Friday 7 October: Finally, our assistant editor Sara Schumacher will suggest two ways that the church can encourage art appreciation.

We look forward to engaging in conversation with you this next week on appreciation of the arts!


  • Jennifer Allen Craft is a regular contributor at Transpositions. Jenn is from southwest Georgia (think swamp, red clay, peanuts, and gnats) and holds a B. A. in Biblical Studies and Humanities from Atlanta Christian College and an M.Litt. in Theology, Imagination and the Arts from St. Andrews. She is currently working on a PhD on the theological significance of place with special attention to the role of the arts in the way we make and identify with places.

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