Sacred Arts East and West

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The Institute of Sacred Arts (ISA) at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) will host a panel discussion with artists and scholars Aidan Hart, Jonathan Pageau, and Andrew Gould. The event will be moderated by ISA founding director and SVOTS Professor of Systematic Theology Dr Peter Bouteneff and Associate Professor of Art History Dr Rossitza Schroeder.

Aidan Hart, Jonathan Pageau, and Andrew Gould are all artists of the highest caliber, creating icons and carvings and designing churches in Western Europe and North America. Each of them has also reflected deeply on issues related to the nature of the Eastern legacy and its ongoing life in new contexts.

Understanding that Orthodox liturgical art mostly reflects the cultures of Eastern Europe, Greece, and the Middle East, the panelists will address the following questions:

How do liturgical artists in the West honor their cultural heritage while adapting it to Orthodox worship in their own contexts?

And how does this experience of building bridges between artistic and religious traditions offer perspective on the state of art and culture in the modern world?

This roundtable discussion will be open to the public for in-person and online attendance. Registration is highly encouraged using the link below. There is no entrance fee, but donations are much appreciated and will directly benefit the Institute of Sacred Arts at St Vladimir’s Seminary.

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