Faith and Art

Southern Adventist University is excited to host internationally acclaimed artist, author, and renowned speaker Makoto Fujimura for two virtual presentations on February 25, 2021. Students, employees, alumni, and friends of the university are invited to attend these special online events.

Fujimura“The Theology of Making”
02.25.21 / 11 a.m. EST

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, titled “The Theology of Making,” Fujimura will share his deep exploration of the spiritual calling to creativity, blending Asian history and Christian principles while highlighting a unique artistic journey. 

Register online for this free "Theology of Making" presentation.

“Culture Care: Reconnecting With Beauty for Our Common Life”
02.25.21 / 3:30 p.m. EST
Fujimura’s afternoon discussion is intended for Christian art students and creative professionals. He will lead 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. The artist will also take time to answer select questions from participants.

Register online for this free "Culture Care" presentation.

To learn more about Fujimura's presentations for Southern Adventist University, please email Giselle Hasel, gallery coordinator and assistant professor with the School of Visual Art and Design.

Makoto 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. Robert Kushner wrote about Fujimura’s art this way: “The idea of forging a new kind of art about hope, healing, redemption, and refuge – while maintaining visual sophistication and intellectual integrity – is a growing movement which finds Makoto Fujimura’s work at the vanguard.”