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Christendom will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, and in honor of this event, Bowden Collections is offering a new exhibition with over thirty-five works. Sola Scriptura: Biblical Text and Art is a visual testimony of how the Scriptures have compelled artists who cherish the Bible to incorporate its text into their art. The exhibition is comprised of three sections: Translating the Bible, Illuminating the Bible and Picturing the Bible.

Martin Luther’s ground breaking translation made it possible for Christians over the last 500 years to read the Bible in the vernacular. The impact of this cannot be overstated. Artists are among those who have been influenced by reading and studying the Bible, often incorporating the words of the Scriptures into the very fiber of their art.

 

The exhibition’s first segment, Translating the Bible, includes portrait engravings of Martin Luther, an 1883 poster commemorating the 400th anniversary of his birth, as well as a 1875 Martin Luther German Bible with illustrations by Gustave Doré and a single 1541 leaf from the an early edition of Luther’s Bible. Several other Bibles illustrate the importance of the English vernacular translations over these five centuries. Among these is a leaf from 16th century Tyndale Bible, a page from the Great Bible approved by King Henry VIII, a leather bound King James Bible with an accompanying single leaf from the first 1611 edition; and Eugene Peterson’s contemporary paraphrase, The Message.

 

This show contains:

 

 

Sola Scriptura; Biblical Text and Art is available for rent beginning August 2016 and will continue to travel into 2018.  A schedule of booking dates is ready for bookings. Rental fee is $550 a month.

The second section, Illuminating the Bible, explores many diverse ways scribes and calligraphers have illuminated the biblical text with imagination and devotion. Some of the manuscripts include: a 13th century illuminated manuscript from France of I Corinthians 6; a 15th century illuminated pages from the Vulgate; a bifolio antiphonal parchment manuscript used by medieval choirs; fifteen New Testament engravings from a German prayer book. Also included are several recent calligraphic creations, such as: The Holy Bible illuminated by Timothy Botts with an accompanying piece I Have Plans for You, Psalm 96 by Chinese calligrapher Chenghsin Wang; and two Ethiopian prayer books.

 

Picturing the Bible features more than fifteen artists who use the Biblical text as an integral part of their creations. These evidence the power of the Bible, compelling artists to embed its very words in their art. Some of those in the show include: William Blake’s Vision of Eliphaz; two pieces by Howard Finster, inscripted with his own personal version or paraphrase of the biblical text; an etching by Sue Coe relating to the Beatitudes; a delicately collaged cross form by David Kamm; and two elegant drawings by Doug Jacques. Adam Back, Andrew Barchus, Martha Chatelain, Sandra Bowden and Guy Chase have created more dimensional works that reference The Book.

Bowden Collections offers a variety of traveling exhibitions available to museums, churches, colleges and seminaries: several feature the work of important historical artists such as Georges Rouault, Marc Chagall, Ottos Dix and Alfred Manessier; others explore topics related to the Bible. A packet containing everything needed to mount the exhibition with files for labels, itemized lists, a brochure or flyer in PDF format, high-resolution digital files of art in the exhibition, and shipping information is provided. Venues are responsible for the rental fee and shipping, usually to the following venue.

Translating the Bible

Illuminating the Bible

Picturing the Bible

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2017 Anniversary of Reformation

 

Dec 27, 2016 to Feb 5th, 2017

Woodlawn CRC Ministry Center

3190 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Contact: Johannes Witte

johannesw@wittetravel.com

616 942 8406

 

Feb 12 to March 12, 2017

Cross View Lutheran Church

6645 McCauley Trail Edina, MN 55439

Contact:  Rebecca Waller

952 941-1094 ex 210

rabecca@crossview.net

 

March 18 to May 11, 2017

Columbia Theological Seminary

701 S. Columbia Dr

PO Box 520 Decatur, GA  30030

Contact: Sarah Erickson

EricksonS@CTSnet.edu

404 687 4526

 

May 28 to June 18, 2017

Colonial Presbyterian Church

12501 W 137th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221

Howard Russell: 312 351 2008 cell,

ol.dad65@gmail.com

 

June 30 to July 30, 2017

Kingsbury Gallery, Grace and Peace Fellowship

5574 Delmar, St. Louis, MO  63112

Church office: 314-367-8959

Nancy Hughes 314-973-6875

nlhughes.art@sbcglobal.net

ell: 314-973-6875

 

Aug 10 to Oct 9, 2017

Central Presbyterian Church

201 Washington St SW

Atlanta, GA  30303

Contact Person: David Vander Meer

404 601 3138

dvandermeer@cpcatlanta.org

 

Oct 20 to Dec 3, 2017

Luther College Gallery

700 College Dr

Decorah, Iowa 52101

Contact: David Kamm

kammdavi@luther.edu

563 387 1665

 

Jan 10 to April 10, 2018

First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head

540 William Hilton Parkway

Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

843 681 3696

Contact person: Nancy Millett

 

 

 

  • Translating the Bible

     

    1. Martin Luther Poster

    Germany

    Lithograph

    1883

    24 x 18

     

    2. Reformation Quadricentennial Coin 

    United States

    Silver Coin

    1917

     

    3. Here I Stand

    Unknown

    Germany

    Engraving

    1890

    9 7/8 x 8

     

     

    4. Martin Luther Portrait

    Unknown

    Germany

    Hand colored engraving

    1855c

    9 x 7 1/8

    5. Heilige Schrift

    Martin Luther, translator

    Germany

    Covers

    1875

    17 x 13 ½ x 4 ½

     

    6. Heilige Schrift

    Martin Luther, translator

    Germany

    Printed Bible with Gustave Doré illustrations

    1875

    17 x 13 ½ x 4 ½

     

    7. Tyndale Bible, Title Page of James

    England

    Printed by John Daye

    1549

    11 ½ x 7 ½

     

    8. The Great Bible
    The First Epistle to the Corinthians 15

    Germany

     

     

    9. Geneva Bible leaf

    England

    Printed by Christopher Barker

    1597

    10 x 7

     

    10. Hosea Title Page
    King James Version

    1611

     

    11. King James Version leaf

    Imprinted by Robert Barker

    England

    1611

    11 x 6

     

    12. The Message

    Paraphrased by Eugene H. Peterson

    United States

    Published by NavPress

    2002

    9 3/8 x 6 ¼ x 1 ¾

  • Illuminating the Bible

    1. You were Justified

    Unknown

    England

    13th century

    Illumination on velum

    5 x 3 ¼ inches

     

    2. Alluluia, Page 308

    Unknown calligrapher

    Spain

    Illuminated manuscript on paper

    19 5/8 x 12 ½

     

    3. Antiphonal leaves

    Unknown

    Spain

    Calligraphy on vellum

    1500-1600s

    30 x 45

     

    4. Psalm 119

    Anton Koberger

    Printed by Jacque Sacon in Lyon

    France

    Woodcut

    1513

    13 ¼ x 9 ½

     

    5. Psalterium

    Unknown

    Germany

    Vulgate Psalms 88 -92

    C 1500

    13.23 x 9.5

    6. Arabic Latin Bible Page

    Artist Unknown

    Germany

    15 Etchings

    Reverse:  Fragment of prayers in German

    Variant of Schwabacher typeface

    c. 1620-1640

    various sizes

     

    7. Entry into Jerusalem

    Unknown artist

    France

    Late 17th or early18th century

    Engraving with French Bible text

    7 1/2 x 5 3/8

     

    8. Ge’ez Prayer Book

    Unknown

    Ethiopia

    Ancient Script on leather

    Mid-20th century

    9 x 13 ¼ x ¼

     

    9. Ethiopian Prayer Book

    Unknown

    Ethiopia

    Painting on Parchment

    2012

     

    10. Whatsoever Things Are True

    Unknown initialed DD at bottom

    England

    Watercolor and ink

    Early 20th century

    9 ¼ x 6 7/8

     

     

    11. Psalm 96: 1-4

    Chenghsin Wang

    China/United States

    Calligraphy

    2013

    18 x 13 inches

     

    12. The Holy Bible

    Tyndale House Publishers

    Tim Botts, illustrator

    United States

    2000

    11 x 2 x 2 ¼

     

    13. The Plans I Have for You, Jer. 29:11

    Timothy Botts  (1947 -    )

    United States

    Expressive Calligraphy

    1999

    24 x 20

     

    14. Look at the Birds

    Nancy Snook

    United States

    Ink on paper

    2014

  • Picturing the Bible

    1. The Wounded Word

    Adam Back

    United States

    Altered Book

    30 x 22

     

    2. The Word Became Text

    Barchus, Andrew

    United States

    Mixed media

    2011

    Variable size, book 4 ½ x 10 ½ x 5 ¼ open

     

    3. Through him all things were reconciled

    Kirsten Malcolm Berry

    United States

    Watercolor

    1998

    15 .75 x 15.75

     

    4. Vision of Eliphaz

    William Blake (1757 - 1827)

    England

    Engraving for the Book of Job, Plate 9

    8 1/2 x 6 3/4

    24 X 18 framed

     

    5. How Beautiful the Feet

    Joan Bohlig  (1936 -

    United States

    1990

    Etching

    6 1/2 x 6 ½

     

    6. In the Beginning Was the Word

    Sandra Bowden

    United States

    Collagraph and embossing

    1982

    30 x 18

     

    7. Breastplate III

    Sandra Bowden

    American

    Collagraph

    1990

    30 x 22

    8. In the Beginning

    Sandra Bowden

    United States

    Collage mixed media

    1995

    20 x 26

     

    9. Prayers of the People

    Sandra Bowden

    American

    Mixed-media with gold leaf

    2009

    14 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 1

     

    10. God’s Minute

    Guy Chase (1955 – 2011)

    United States

    Acrylic on a book cover

    5 ¼ x 8 7/8

     

    11. Open Book V

    Martha Chatelain

    United States

    Handmade Paper construction

    2007

    15 x 22 ½

     

    12. Blessed be the Peackmakers/
    Thou shalt not kill

    Sue Coe (1951 -)

    England/United States

    1991

    chine colle on unique pages from the King James Bible mounted on Somerset Antique paper

    Edition of 30

    2006

     

    13. Angel

    Howard Finster (1916 to 2000)

    United States

    Painting on board and free standing with stand

    1989

    6 x 11 3/4

    14. Sins on this Earth

    Howard Finster (1916 - 2000)

    United States

    Painting on board

    5 3/4 x 8

    9 1/2 x 11 3/4 framed

     

    15. Prostrate Petitioner

    Doug Jaques

    United States

    Charcoal Drawing

    2002

    19 x 28

     

    16. Angels Restrained

    Doug Jaques

    United States

    Charcoal Drawing

    2002

    19 x 28

     

    17. Unnamable Transforming Device (Squint)

    David Kamm

    United States

    Paper collage

    2007

    22.5 x 15 image

     

    18. Untitled

    Maurcie Morel

    1908 – 1991

    France

    Fusain, watercolor and gauache on top of printed image

    1980s?

    2 x 5 ¼ inches

     

    19. Matt Plescher

    Glyphs

    2015

    oil on canvas, 22 x 30 inches

Sola Scriptura