Lenten Art Exhibit to Open in Kinlaw Library

WILMORE, Ky. — An exhibit combining artistic excellence and theological reflection called “Jesus: Good Shepherd and Lamb of God” will open at Asbury University on March 4 in Kinlaw Library.

Asbury University art exhibit
The art exhibit will run in Kinlaw Library from March 4-April 17. A reception will be held on March 28.

Sponsored by the Art Department, the exhibit is a traveling collection of pieces in a variety of media — drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs — from the 17th century of the present. The interpretations of the theme not only cover a broad range of artistic expressions, but they also span the globe with works from the Philippines, Japan, Bulgaria, England, Germany, Slovakia, Italy, Netherlands, Israel, Argentina, Greece and the United States.

A special essay written by art professor Dr. Linda Stratford provides a guide to the theological concepts explored in the show and their visual symbols within the pieces.

“A lamb, a sheep less than one year old, is a young, helpless creature, often serving in times past as the object of ritual sacrifice,” she writes. “A shepherd, on the other hand, is a guardian, protector and defender. Jesus came as both. He was the sacrificed and the sovereign, the good shepherd and the sacrificial lamb. ‘Jesus: Good Shepherd and Lamb of God’ encourages reflection on Christ’s dual role, a dual role central to the Christian message.”

The show was designed to spur this reflection during the season on Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday, on March 5, and continues until Easter, on April 20. A reception in honor of the exhibit will take place from 4-6 p.m. on March 28. Refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome to attend.

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