Roberta Green Ahmanson has been chosen as Biola’s 2011-2012 Visionary-in-Residence. She is a writer and philanthropist whose public activities are focused on deepening awareness and understanding of the role of religion in public life, the importance of knowing history to understand the present, and the vital role the arts play in shaping human experience.
V. Rev. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem
Father Hugh Barbour is the prior of St. Michael’s Abbey of the Norbertine Fathers in Trabuco Canyon, California. Fr. Hugh holds a BA in Classics from UNC-Chapel Hill, a license in Patristics from the Pontifical Institute of Augustinianism in Rome, and a PhD in Thomistic Philosophy from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He teaches both Augustinian studies and philosophy at the abbey.
Dayton Castleman is a Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artist, educator, curator, writer, and choreographer. He completed his undergraduate work at Belhaven University, and received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has completed large-scale site-specific works in Philadelphia, and his artwork has been presented in museums and galleries across the United States and in Europe. Recent projects have included the development of concert dance works for the stage, in collaboration with dancers from world-renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and MOMIX. Dayton teaches at Trinity Christian College in Chicago, and serves on the board of Christians in the Visual Arts.
Jeremiah Enna is the Founder and Executive Director of The Culture House in Kansas City, MO, an award winning community based arts organization. The Culture House includes: The Culture House Academy of the Performing Arts with over 800 students, the world-class Störling Dance Theater, and The STAR Program, a social outreach venture that serves hundreds of incarcerated and at-risk children and youth each year.
Ruth Naomi Floyd
Ruth Naomi Floyd is a gifted vocalist-composer who has been creating vocal jazz settings that express Christian theology for almost 20 years. Blessed with a soaring mezzo-soprano voice, critics have praised Ms. Floyd for her “superb dynamic control, flexibility and faultless diction, but also for her most important asset: an unmistakable emotional integrity that conveys her music’s power to even the most recalcitrant non-believer.” Ruth Naomi Floyd leads her own multi-faceted ensemble and her discography consists primarily of original compositions.
Anna M. R. Freeman
Anna M. R. Freeman lives and works in London, UK. She received a BA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2004) and an MFA from The Royal College of Art, London (2010). Her work has appeared in many international exhibitions, including solo shows at Workshop Arte Contemporanea, Venice, Italy (2012), and Galerie Kollaborativ, Berlin, Germany (2007). Freeman has taken part in artist residencies at The Florence Trust, London (2010/11), and Galerie Kollaborativ, Berlin, Germany (2006-2008). Her work is part of the Saatchi Collection as well as numerous private collections worldwide.
Joel Kotkin is an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political, and social trends. Described by The New York Times as America’s “uber-geographer,” for over three decades Mr. Kotkin has been one of the nation’s most prolific and widely published journalists. His work appears regularly in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The American. Kotkin is the author of The City: A Global History and most recently, The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050. He currently writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for Forbes.com.
Elizabeth Lev has worked and studied in Italy for over twenty years, where she teaches art history at Duquesne University’s Italian campus. She collaborates with the Vatican Museums on editorial and didactic projects and presented a television series for EWTN on the sacred in art in the Vatican Museums. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Press published Lev’s first book, The Tigress of Forli: The Remarkable Story of Catherine Riario Sforza in October 2011.
Ben Quash works principally in the area of Christian theology, and is increasingly fascinated by how the arts can play a part in renewing and refreshing theological engagement with the Bible, with Christian tradition, and with contemporary culture. He is Professor of Christianity and the Arts at King’s College, London, where he runs an MA program in association with the National Gallery of Art, London. He also collaborates with the Britten Sinfonia, the Royal Opera House, the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, and broadcasts frequently on BBC radio.
Linnea Gabriella Spransy
Linnea Spransy’s paintings, drawings and installations are generated using systems and rules, which are distillations of her interest in science, philosophy, theology, and quantum physics. Graduating from Yale in 2001 with an MFA in painting, her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally at numerous academic institutions and galleries and is featured in corporate collections. Spransy lives in Kansas City, MO where she leads a rather unorthodox lifestyle, architected entirely around her core values: spirituality, community, art, and simplicity.
Störling Dance Theater
Störling Dance Theater is one of the premier dance companies in Kansas City, MO. They regularly perform at architect Moshe Safdie’s newly constructed Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Mona Störling-Enna together with her husband, Jeremiah, established the Christian dance troupe in 1996 based on her innovative and dramatic concepts of movement and storytelling. Throughout the years, a series of bold and substantial ballets have been created, stimulating a growing audience and a thriving reputation. In the past few years Störling-Enna has collaborated with Störling’s Associate Artistic Director, Tobin James. Together they choreographed and designed Underground an innovative and monumental work that tells the history and heroics of the Underground Railroad.
Nicolas Wolterstorff is the Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He has held professorships at Calvin College and Yale University as well as visiting professorships at Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, and Notre Dame. His landmark book, Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic (1980), continues to be a primary text for artists of faith.