Bobette Buster

Bobette Buster has built and sustained a respected career in the film industry as a world-class story guru, lecturer, screenwriter, and consultant for Hollywood’s decision-makers and creatives at leading studios including: Cattleya Productions (Rome), Lazennac Productions (Paris), Pixar, 20th Century Fox, Disney Animation, and Sony Animation. Buster conducts seminars for film schools around the world and influences leading film industry figures, writers, communications leaders and storytellers. She is currently producing the feature documentary, ’You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet!’: The Story of Cinema Sound, with Karen Johnson and Midge Costin. Buster is both a graduate of and adjunct professor in the USC Peter Stark Producing Program, and on the guest faculty at the University of Milan, La Fėmis (Paris), and Media Business School (Spain).

Lia Chavez

Lia Chavez is an internationally exhibited visual and performance artist who lives and works in New York City. Examining the co-existence of the gorgeous and grotesque, she focuses on themes of illumination, embodiment and becoming. Her practice incorporates a diverse range of media with an emphasis on performance-generated photography often done in collaboration with documentary filmmakers, choreographers, and other artists. Her work has been exhibited at the 52nd and 53rd Venice Biennale; The Armory Show, New York; 10th Istanbul Biennial; Frieze Art Fair, London; Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Atlanta; and Affirmation Arts, New York. Her forthcoming monograph, 1000 Rainbows, will be published in 2013. Chavez’s most recent work, True Light, was a 90-day endurance performance in which she utilized her body, mind and spirit as an integrated living laboratory for investigating the phenomenon of artistic inspiration. It is the subject of a forthcoming documentary film.

David Bentley Hart

David Bentley Hart, is an Orthodox theologian, philosopher, and cultural commentator, whose specialties include philosophical theology, patristics, and aesthetics. 
Hart has been published in various periodicals including, Pro Ecclesia, The Scottish Journal of Theology, First Things, and The New Criterion. He has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of St. Thomas, Duke Divinity School, and Loyola College in Baltimore. Hart is the author of seven books including Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth (Eerdmans, 2004), which has been lauded by The Christian Century as “one of the most brilliant works by an American theologian in the past ten years.” His two most recent books are The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? (Eerdmans, 2011), and The Devil and Pierre Gernet: Stories, his first work of fiction (Eerdmans, 2012).

Anne Wilkes Tucker

Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She founded the photography department at the museum, which today has a collection of over 20,000 photographs. She has curated over forty exhibitions during her career. Her current exhibition, co-curated with Will Michels, War/Photography: Photographs of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (November 11 – February 3, 2013), and will travel to the Annenberg Space For Photography, Los Angeles (March 23-June 2, 2013). In addition, Tucker has lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America. She is a recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and The Getty Center. Considered a leading authority of fine art photography, TIME magazine honored her as "America's Best Curator,” in 2001.

Paul Barnes

A Musical Exploration of the Resurrection of Christ: Ivan Moody's "Nocturn of Light" - A West Coast Premier sponsored by Torrey Honors Institute and hosted by the Biola Conservatory of Music will take place immediately following the 8th Annual Arts Symposium. The piano concert program will include "Ballade for Piano," by Gilad Cohen; "Nocturne of Light," by Ivan Moody; and "Monstre Sacrum" by N. Lincoln Hanks, all having received world premieres within the last three years.

Praised by the New York Times for his "Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity," and the San Francisco Chronicle as "ferociously virtuosic," pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured four times on APM’s Performance Today and on the cover of Clavier Magazine. He has recently performed in England, China, Korea, Austria, Russia, Greece, Serbia, Hungary and in many major cities throughout the US.

Barnes is Hixson-Lied Professor of Piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music. Joining Barnes during the program will be Biola Conservatory string faculty and studio artists.

Jonathan Anderson

Jonathan Anderson (symposium moderator and host) has been teaching in the Biola Department of Art since 2006. He holds an M.F.A. from California State University Long Beach, from which he received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Drawing & Painting. Anderson lives and works in Long Beach, CA, and is an actively exhibiting artist, including exhibitions at Gallery de Soto in Los Angeles, CA; the Museum of the Living Artist in San Diego, CA; the 930 Art Gallery in Louisville, KY; George Fox University in Newberg, OR; Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ; and several other galleries throughout the Southwest. In addition to his work as a painter, Professor Anderson is a popular speaker and writer on issues related to faith, culture and the arts.