Traveling Exhibition, Art and Text, Comes to APU

by Jaime Garispe '11

From September 13 through September 30, APU hosted Art and Text, an exhibit highlighting the artwork of several members of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). Hosted in the Duke Art Gallery and sponsored by CIVA, the traveling art show incorporates the art of 16 North American artists whose pieces address the numerous concerns of the Christian faith.

"The exhibit shows APU’s support of the visual arts. It highlights artists' God-given talents and APU’s support and encouragement of that," said senior studio art major, Angela Donley.

While all of the pieces have Christian undertones, they also showcase the artists’ different approaches to expressing their personal thoughts and views—some are concerned with personal disappointments regarding faith, while others approach the theme in a humorous or somewhat cynical matter.

The exhibit gave students in APU’s gallery design class, which meets under the direction and supervision of Exhibitions Director Gary James Daichendt, Ed.D., hands-on experience in art exhibitions, as they selected which pieces to display, then organized and installed them.

"The size of the gallery, understanding what APU will best respond to, and how the pieces go together are all factors that influenced our decisions as a class in selecting the pieces for the exhibit" said junior studio art major, Emily Ables. Daichendt added that the CIVA-sponsored exhibit was particularly significant due to a general lack of Christian-themed works in major art establishments.

"The art is challenging because the artists express their own interpretation of their faith and personal experiences, but it is absolutely inspirational to me as a Christian artist," said Heather Murphy, a junior studio art major.

For more information about CIVA and Art and Text, visit