Arts Provide Window for Meditation at Asbury – Asbury University
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March 23, 2016

Photographs and paintings on a wall
An exhibit by Asbury Art students re-imagines scenes from the Passion narrative.

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University students and community members are being offered two unique opportunities to see God at work in the world through the arts.

On display now in the hallway behind Asbury’s historic Hughes Auditorium, a student art exhibit called “Holy Week Meditations” provides a thoughtful re-imagining of the Passion narrative.

Presented by the Asbury Art Department, the exhibit features the work of students enrolled in the Photography III course.

The exhibit is just one example of Asbury’s commitment to spiritual vitality, recognizing art as an opportunity for students to see God at work in the world. And in keeping with Asbury’s commitment to academic excellence, the exhibit also provided students with hands-on experience researching, producing and displaying art.

“Each student exhibitor chose a suitable painting from the canon of art history as a point of departure from which they could make their own photographs informed by their research,” said Dr. Keith Barker, professor of Photography and chair of the Art Department. “The resulting exhibit aims to facilitate thoughtful contemplation as we progress through this last week of the Lenten Season.”

The American Spiritual Ensemble
Asbury will welcome the American Spiritual Ensemble on April 27.

Asbury will also provide an opportunity for students to be inspired and challenged by a world-class musical ensemble on April 27.

During Chapel (10 a.m. in Hughes Auditorium), Asbury will welcome the American Spiritual Ensemble (ASE), a professional choir under the direction of Dr. Everett McCorvey, ASE that has earned world-wide critical acclaim with its repertoire of classic spirituals. ASE’s concert at Asbury is the result of cooperation between the Artist Series committee and the Intercultural Programs Office.

“I am thrilled to have the American Spiritual Ensemble, a world-renowned ensemble, come and bring the African-American spirituals to our campus,” said Esther Jadhav, director of Intercultural Programs at Asbury. 

Presenting music filled with struggle, pain and hope, ASE preserves a unique heritage — one that Jadhav says will simultaneously challenge and uplift students.

“This music continues to further our education on the great African-American spirituals and really makes the music come alive,” Jadhav said. “It is going to be an exhilarating experience, and I hope it will uplift, inspire and motivate us in our own lives of faith.”