Bowden Collections offers a variety of traveling exhibitions available for rental to museums, churches, colleges, seminaries and similar institutions. Everything needed to mount the exhibition is included in a digital folder containing files for labels, shipping information, lists of items in the show, a brochure in PDF format, along with high resolution digital files of the art in the exhibit. Venues are responsible for the rental fee and shipping, usually to the following location.

What makes a person collect art?

Perhaps it’s a virus and antibiotics don’t cure the ailment, perhaps its love of possessions — materialism. I hope this is not the motive. For me, I suspect it’s a combination of forces, the strongest of which is the connection it gives to the past. It becomes a way to be in conversation with artists that have gone before me and helps continue the rich dialogue that has crossed barriers of time and culture. The art inspires my creative imagination and feeds my soul spiritually. What other reason do I need?

I have always wanted to own art by other artists. My first pieces were pottery or works that I could swap with other artists. Then I began to make a greater commitment to strategically collecting. However, the most important reason is that it is enjoyable. What a thrill to “find” a piece, recognize its value and have it become part of my collection.

 

I feel like a caretaker, so to speak, of each piece in our collection, preserving it for the future. With every new acquisition comes a world of knowledge, a reservoir of information surrounding the piece that adds to the fascination and enjoyment.

 

The Bowden Collections focuses on religious art for several reasons: first, it is the subject I am most passionately interested in; second, it is a wonderful time to be collecting work with biblical themes because the art market in general is not particularly interested in art with religious content. I also feel that religious art needs exposure within the Christian community, and it is my intent to make these pieces available whenever possible for that purpose. I see my collector's role as a calling—something that is critically important to do at this particular time.