Catholic Artistic Imagination

Beautiful art. Interesting conversation. That's Catholic Artistic Imagination programs!


Due to the public health emergency, the following event has been cancelled. Thank you for your past support. We will look forward to resuming in the fall.

The Art of Feeling

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What can we learn from how art makes us feel? The question of how we respond emotionally to art, and of the meaning of that response, was at the center of debates about the value of aesthetic experience from Ancient Greece through early Christianity and into Early Modern England. Please join Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire as she looks back on these older theories and explores what they may have to offer us today for thinking about how art affects us and the ethical potentials of those effects.

Tuesday, March 24
4- 5:30 p.m.
613 Union

Illustration, Illumination, Imagination in The Saint John's BibleTSJB illustration

Wisdom Woman, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2007, The Saint John's Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.

The Saint John's Bible, is a seven-volume handwritten, hand-illuminated, large-format manuscript that blends Christian iconography with Eastern Orthodox, Muslim, Buddhist, and Native American symbols. The Heritage Edition, a life-size reproduction of the original Saint John's Bible, will be on display at Duquesne University in November and December. CCFC is partnering with Gumberg Library to present this unique exhibit as part of the CAI series. Duquesne faculty and staff are invited to a private reception, discussion and hands-on look at this amazing artifact.

Tuesday, Nov. 19
4:15- 5:15 p.m.
Power Center, Ballroom C
Seating is limited. 
RSVP by Nov. 13:

The Catholic Artistic Imagination Series celebrates the social, communicative, and humanizing power of the arts. This series, launched in 2013, is designed to explore the idea of Catholic artistic imagination through appreciation of art that is informed by Catholic faith as well as by reflection on other art from a Catholic perspective. The series also offers an opportunity to showcase the talents and expertise of faculty with a personal or scholarly interest in the selected subject in a relaxed, cocktail party environment. The series has featured fine art, music, dance, popular culture and socially engaged art and exhibitions.

Catholic Artistic Imagination Brochure

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