Faith and Art

Southern Adventist University hosted internationally acclaimed artist, author, and renowned speaker Makoto Fujimura for two virtual presentations on February 25, 2021. Fujimura is a leading contemporary artist whose process driven, refractive “slow art” has been described by David Brooks of The New York Times as “a small rebellion against the quickening of time." It has graced museums around the world, including the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.

Students, employees, alumni, and friends of the university received a blessing from these special online events. We hope you do, as well!


“Theology of Making”
What Fujimura does in the studio is a theological work as much as an aesthetic one. While pouring pulverized minerals onto handmade paper to create prismatic, refractive surfaces, he finds quiet space that fosters awareness, patience, prayer, and praise. During his morning presentation, Fujimura shares his deep exploration of the spiritual calling to creativity, blending Asian history and Christian principles.


“Culture Care: Reconnecting With Beauty for Our Common Life”
Fujimura’s afternoon discussion led participants in the consideration of how their work can be a spiritual calling to uplift culture through the integration of thoughtful aesthetics and beauty into common life. He also took time to answer select questions from participants.