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Art + Faith: A Theology of Making

Makoto Fujimura is a leading contemporary artist whose process-driven, refractive “slow art” has been described by David Brooks of New York Times as “a small rebellion against the quickening of time”.As well as being a leading contemporary painter, Fujimura is also an arts advocate, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision-makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. Fujimura is the author of several books including Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering, Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life, and Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture.

Join Makoto on ZOOM for a talk from the themes of his latest book, Art and Faith: A Theology of Making, followed by a conversation with him facilitated by Pastor Bart.

Conceived over thirty years of painting and creating in his studio, this book is Makoto Fujimura’s broad and deep exploration of creativity and the spiritual aspects of “making.” What he does in the studio is theological work as much as it is aesthetic work. In between pouring precious, pulverized minerals onto handmade paper to create the prismatic, refractive surfaces of his art, he comes into the quiet space in the studio, in a discipline of awareness, waiting, prayer, and praise.


Praise from Art + Faith: A Theology of Making:

“Art and Faith features more biblical exegesis than studio tips, as the painter wrestles eloquently with art-averse fellow-Christians who prefer narrow-minded “culture war” to the “culture care” he advocates.”—The Economist

“Makoto Fujimura’s art and writings have been a true inspiration to me. In this luminous book, he addresses the question of art and faith and their reconciliation with a quiet and moving eloquence.”—Martin Scorsese

“Makoto Fujimura is the rare artist whose life has something of the same purifying and galvanizing force of his work. His new book brings those two elements—life and art—even closer together, and is a real tonic for our atomized time.”—Christian Wiman

Suggested Donation: $10 (but feel free to pay what you can)

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to pre-read Fujimura’s latest book, especially chapter 3, and the forward by N.T. Wright.


May 23
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM