8th Catholic Arts Biennial
September 7 - October 29
Diane Paroda, Mary (White Pine Range), paper mounted on panel, 10″ x 8″
The 8th Catholic Arts Biennial features the work of forty-nine contemporary artists, working across media to visualize the stories, beliefs, and rituals of Christianity in new and arresting ways. Mr. David Brinker, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at Saint Louis University served as this year’s juror. Of the 396 works submitted on behalf of 159 artists working across the United States as well as internationally, 52 pieces were chosen.
The 2021 Biennial encouraged submissions executed by women and persons of color. It has been the expressed intent of the Biennial’s organizers to amplify artists whose work has been overwhelmingly absent from America’s churches and largely omitted from Western art historical surveys. It is towards this aim that the 2021 exhibition seeks to deepen our collective understanding and appreciation of the diversity of Catholic art being made today.
Artists represented in the Biennial have utilized modern methods as well as traditional techniques in the creation of images of Christ, the Virgin Mary, the saints, biblical narratives, and the sacraments, along with works that encourage reflection surrounding the cosmos, the interconnectivity of human and ecological life, racial injustice, civil conflict, and the sanctity of human life. These works entreat contemplation while challenging us to respond to the needs and anxieties of our communities with prayer, compassion, and creativity.