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Date: December 5, 2012

SUBJECT: C OF O ART PROFESSOR ADJUDICATES NATIONAL TRAVELING EXHIBITION FOR CHRISTIANS IN THE VISUAL ARTS (CIVA)

Professor Richard CummingsAssociate Professor of Art Richard Cummings was selected juror for the “Touch, Anoint, and Heal: God with Us National Traveling Exhibition for Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA).” It will open at its first venue, Apostles Anglican Church in Lexington, Kentucky, this month.

The exhibit seeks to relay God in a tangible way and features 31 original works of 2-D and 3-D art created in a variety of media.

“What struck me about the concept of the show and what drove the selection process, was not only the excellent artwork that was submitted, but also the theological themes explored in the work,” said Cummings. “Christ's sacrifice on the cross is the ultimate act of healing. We as Christians are tasked to take the Good News of Christ and spread that healing to the world through the power of the Holy Spirit. The believer artist has a special role in the continuing healing of Christ; first to illumine humanity's brokenness and need for redemption, but also to portray the counter cultural truth that Christ took on our flesh to redeem us back into life and wholeness to the Father.”

CIVA's Director Cam Anderson invited Cummings to serve as the sole juror for the exhibit.

Cummings favors a form of artistry that finds shattered and decayed pieces of this world and reshapes them into restored, diverse communities of beauty. His work has been exhibited on three continents and has been featured in Christianity Today online and, more recently, in Ruminate Magazine.

For more information on the exhibition, visit http://civa.org/exhibits/traveling-exhibits/touch-anoint-and-heal-god-with-us/

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