Preludes 2006 is a
series of nine exhibitions featuring the work of 123 visual
artists in the Episcopal community. These works of contemporary
art include painting, sculpture, photography, fabric arts, and
mixed media. The artists of Visual Preludes 2006 are
people of faith who use the ordinary to point to the ineffable.
They respond to the joys and challenges of life creatively, and
their work bears the trademark of an artist's disciplined
freedom. The artists of Visual Preludes 2006 range in age
from 15 to 96; as a community their heritage spans black, white,
Hispanic, Native American, and Asian roots; they reside in 55
dioceses across 38 states.
This online multimedia version of
Visual Preludes 2006 was mastered by Video Director Dan
Hardison. For each of the nine exhibitions, Dan carefully chose
music to accompany the curators' image selections, creating a
series of multimedia meditations suitable for private viewing,
group meditation and liturgical settings.
The intent of any work of art is to inspire,
to move us, to touch us, to portray a message.
This is especially true when art is used in a
The Visual Preludes 2006 exhibition series was created by
a national team of three curators, a music consultant, a video
director, and a producer, all in partnership with the Office of
General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Their original
purpose was to create an atmosphere for worship at the 2006
General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Columbus Ohio. The
entire project received oversight from both the Office of
General Convention and the ECVA Board of Directors.
This series of exhibitions is made possible through the
generosity of many: through the artists' donations of their work
for display; through the musicians' donations of their music for
accompaniment; through the donation of aesthetic and
organizational skills by curators Jan Neal, Anne Wetzel, and
Brie Dodson; through the consultation for music and liturgy from
Clay Morris; and through the assistance of Sandy Webb of the
Office of the General Convention. The constant dedication of Dan
Hardison brought Visual Preludes 2006 to their present
The Holy Spirit speaks many languages;
among them the languages
of art in all its forms.
Frank Tracy Griswold, 25th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The
Producer, Visual Preludes 2006