Friday, November 16, 2018

CONVERSATION PIECES: “ART, POWER, AND SPIRITUALITY” 2-3:30 P.M. Sunday November 18th @ the Allentown Art Museum





Laura James 
Sunday, November 18: Conversation Pieces: “Art, Power, and Spirituality” 2:00pm-3:30 p.m.
Spirituality is both personal and universal. At the same time, it shares a complex relationship with history, power, and art. The three artists leading this free panel discussion will delve into these themes in relation to their own careers and studies, followed by an open dialogue between the panelists and the audience. No RSVP necessary for this free program but seating is limited so show up early.

Panelists include:

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful

Laura James has been working as a professional artist and illustrator for more than 20 years. In addition to painting sacred images from various religions, she portrays women, families, and scenes of everyday life, blending intricate patterns, text, vibrant colors, and sometimes surreal imagery into what she calls “art for the people.” Laura is best known for her illustrations in The Book of the Gospels lectionary, published in 2000. An award-winning edition of the four gospels, it includes 34 paintings rendered in the Ethiopian Christian Art style, which over the years Ms. James has made her own.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful understands identity as a process always in flux. He approaches the concepts of home and belonging to the U.S. American context from the perspective of a Lebanese-Dominican who was recently baptized as a Bronxite--a citizen of the Bronx. He holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where he studied with Coco Fusco, and an MA from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He has curated exhibitions and programs and performs internationally.


Bridgett Kelso Anthony, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary with a BA in theatre from Marymount College and an MA from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in Playwriting and Performance. Her art and ministry explore the ways that spirituality, the arts, and social justice intersect. She feels especially called to minister to black women, and to be an ally of the LGBTQIA community.
Bridgett Kelso Anthony

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