Languages of Art
Words by The Most Reverend Frank T. Griswold
Graphics by Mel Ahlborn
The mission of Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (ECVA) is to
encourage artists and organizations to
engage the visual arts in the spiritual life of the church. ECVA
values the significance of visual imagery in spiritual formation
and the development of faith, and encourages those who are engaged in using the visual arts in spiritual life.
Episcopal Church and
Visual Arts (ECVA) strives to encourage:
- visual artists in our church to use their creative
gifts for the glory of God;
- individuals to explore the opportunities visual
arts offer in their spiritual journeys;
- parishes and cathedrals to incorporate visual arts
in their total programs; and
conversations and research in issues related to the
visual arts, theology, and culture.
An Historic Birth...
ECVA began as a conversation among a few artists and
supporters who sensed that this was a moment for an
historic rebirth for visual arts in the Episcopal
Church. From that beginning in the Spring of 2000, ECVA
has developed into a national visual arts community.
A Vibrant Program...
To fulfill its mission to the broadest community
possible, ECVA produces and maintains an online resource
that is open to all visitors. Its many offerings include
art exhibitions and
Registry, a community of individuals and groups
who work at the intersections of art and faith. Registry
members include artists, clergy, musicians, cathedrals,
and congregational art groups. An e-newsletter provides
news of calls and
and Visual Arts is an organization that is open to all artists
regardless of skill level, artist media, nationality or religious
and Visual Arts is a virtual organization (not located on Second
Avenue in New York City);
and Visual Arts is a 501c3 charitable corporation that is not
affiliated with The Episcopal Church (TEC); and,
rights to all text and images that appear at
related web pages belong to the original authors and artists and
not to Episcopal Church and Visual Arts; permission must be
obtained from those original authors and artists before using
content that appears at either
http://ecva.org or its related web pages.