Catholic Artists Conference Cancelled

St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska
St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska
It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the cancellation of the Catholic Artists Conference. I was not able to raise enough funds to bring a collection of paintings from Europe which was the anchor to the conference.  I should have realized that this anchor could have, and did in fact pull down the boat.  I am sorry to those who are disappointed about this.  All who have registered will receive their payments back in full. I think there is great need for a Catholic Artists Conference.  From my experience there is a hunger on the part of Catholic Artists to meet others and share in the cooperative work of developing art for a community of faithful people.  There are many forms of Catholic art from sacramental to liturgical.  Sacred art is part of the New Evangelization and is a vehicle, much like Lectio Divina, that calls people to Christ.  Dr. Jem Sullivan has written a booklet about Sacred Art and the New Evangelization through the Knights of Columbus.  I would like to share that booklet in PDF form as it was to be part of the materials shared at the conference. I will keep up this blog and the directory of Catholic artists.  I will continue to promote Catholic Art and in fact I will get back to my own art, painting the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.  

6 thoughts on “Catholic Artists Conference Cancelled

  1. Marge Zylla

    Dear John,

    My heart surely sank with the news. I was still trying to get the truck sold to raise the 500$ . More than ever there is this need and I would like to help it still go forward in some fashion. Can we create this conference or art show on a smaller scale. Try to pull together the bet of Catholic art from American artists and I really feel we need some bishops, Knights of Columbus , university or religious orders financial backing.
    I have been networking slowly in the Denver Area trying to find where the Catholic scene is. I have met a Latter Day Saints Group( The Religious Academy of Denver) and Chrsitos Colective which is non -denominational but mostly Protestant. I have joined Windows to the Divine which is Dominican. I have also networked with the St Thomas Aquainus Society out of Colorado Springs.

    Could we put out a survey to the artists on your directory to see what their involvement would be or when you return money to those already registered to see if they would support or have ideas to not let this good work end. I can't imagine how much work was done and how your heart is heavy. I tought this was a breath of the Holy Spirit flying across America. The art was superior. As catholic artists our work needs to reach these levels We can bring the culture to the Holy Spirit . We in an age of iconic communication. The visual is also multilingual. Perfect for this age!!

  2. I am very sorry about this cancelation.
    Its happenning something. The same story here in México, sacred art does not have any support. As an artist you have to survive you do not have any funds or promotions of catholic church, catholic educational institutions...
    Let us pray and ask Lord the guide to do His will.

    In Christ and Holy Spirit:
    Jaime Domínguez M.
    Arte Religioso Contemporáneo.

  3. Dear John,
    I am sorry to hear that the conference was cancelled. I was looking forward to register and attend the conference. I have been on this field for almost 8 years and I have witnessed first hand that the parish committees that oversee
    Design work for catholic sacred spaces are always eager to learn more about the theology of the space.
    I know there is the need for sharing ideas and find inspiration but also the need to create synergy with our patrons. I am sorry to hear the event was cancelled. I wish you the best and hopefully this can materialize in the near future. ...I agree with Jaime Dominguez,....

  4. I am so very sorry to hear about this. I am sorry for you, the artist and the public. Throughout the years dedicated to the Art of the Sacred, the Catholic Art, I have experience many obstacles and challenges when promoting my art. It is like everything else, not knowing the right people, and not being in the correct circles the work is not recognized it becomes invisible.

  5. John,

    Very sorry to hear about this. I wasn't going to be able to attend the retreat, based on my work schedule, but was looking forward to hearing how it turned out and hopefully attending one next year.

    I have been planning to host a retreat for Catholic artists at my family's farm in western Kansas the first week of August, and will send you an email to see about combining forces on a summer Great Plains retreat.

    In the meantime, I've liked your new Catholic Artists Facebook Page, and anyone else wanting to share notices about events or opportunities related to Catholic artists can submit them at the email newsletter my friend playwright Emily C.A. Snyder and I have just started:

    Blessings on your work.



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