Institute for Faith and the Arts

"More and more young Christians are going to college to study for a wide range of arts and media courses. They have the possibility of being bearers of the Christian vision in a culture which is still taking shape. To do so successfully they need a map which relates together Biblical faith, the nature of art and the emerging contours of a social era."  Hilary Brand and Adrienne Chapman from Art and Soul.

2017–2018 Season

Twin
The collaborative art of
Terry and Jerry Lynn
Friday, February 23
1:55 p.m.

Juliette Trafton
Living Letters: Ruth

April 9
9:25 a.m.

All performances are in the
O. O. Emmons Auditorium
Harding Academy | 1100 Cherry Road

The goal of the Institute for Faith and the Arts is to bring faith-filled artist to our campus in order give our students and the Memphis community examples of individuals who use their artistic gifts to bring God's truth to this world. To date we have been blessed to host artists such as singer Jason Gray, author Amber McRee Turner, singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson, Broadway actors Stephen and Juliet Trafton, and Caleb Chapman, Joe Solomon, and Jillian Edwards Chapman. Each of these individuals shared their lives with our students how they use their art to bring Biblical truths into this world the most beautiful ways possible in order to point people toward the God created us all.

Long-term we would like to share our structure of the institute with schools across the country. We also long to partner with organizations in Memphis to bring nationally known artists to our city for conferences on Faith and the Arts. We know that artists can play a significant role in changing culture.  We believe that students who experience what the Institute for Faith and Art is providing will be artists to change our culture for the Glory of God.


Twin February 23 "Growing up in a tight-knit family it was only natural that relatives told stories to the brothers about growing up in rural communities across the Southeastern US. Those memories and reflections have become the brothers' visual vocabulary. Their historically narrative paintings depict an unidentifiable time period in black family life: fields, churches, blues music and family gatherings. Through choice of colors, urban marks that might be symbolic of hip hop or graffiti, and collaged items – be it cotton bolls, twill ticking, newspaper clippings or glitter – The two takes historic imagery and jolts it into the current century collaboratively and individually."

Twin
February 23

"Growing up in a tight-knit family it was only natural that relatives told stories to the brothers about growing up in rural communities across the Southeastern US. Those memories and reflections have become the brothers' visual vocabulary. Their historically narrative paintings depict an unidentifiable time period in black family life: fields, churches, blues music and family gatherings.
Through choice of colors, urban marks that might be symbolic of hip hop or graffiti, and collaged items – be it cotton bolls, twill ticking, newspaper clippings or glitter – The two takes historic imagery and jolts it into the current century collaboratively and individually."

Juliette Trafton April 9 "Juliette Trafton recently starred as Luisa in the longest running musical in the world, The Fantasticks, directed by Tom Jones Off-Broadway in NYC. Before that, she performed the role of Christine Daae in the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and, regionally, in leading and featured roles in Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Jane Eyre, Peter Pan, and Kiss Me, Kate. You can follow her work as a voice-over artist on Audible.com and her commercial work on national television. She loves nothing more than performing with her husband, Stephen. Their finest productions yet are their two little ones, Tadd and Audra."

Juliette Trafton
April 9

"Juliette Trafton recently starred as Luisa in the longest running musical in the world, The Fantasticks, directed by Tom Jones Off-Broadway in NYC. Before that, she performed the role of Christine Daae in the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and, regionally, in leading and featured roles in Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Jane Eyre, Peter Pan, and Kiss Me, Kate. You can follow her work as a voice-over artist on Audible.com and her commercial work on national television. She loves nothing more than performing with her husband, Stephen. Their finest productions yet are their two little ones, Tadd and Audra."