Friday Offerings - What Being a Creative Christian Looks Like
Betty Spackman, Leah Samuelson, Marianne Lettieri, Hannah Varamini
- Friday, March 4, 2016
- 9:30–10:20 a.m.
- Chase Gymnasium
- Open to: Students
Cost and Admission
This event is free to attend.
Betty Spackman, MFA, is a multi media installation artist who has exhibited internationally and taught at various Universities in Canada and the US for 15 years. Her book, A Profound Weakness: Christians and Kitsch, a personal journal about images of faith in Popular culture, and her own struggles with the relationship between faith and art, was published in 2005 by Piquant Editions, UK.
Trained in high-end commercial mural painting nationwide with a Chicago-based studio and also in urban slums with the Philadelphia-based arts-intervention and education group BuildaBridge, Leah Samuelson now focuses on transformational pedagogy, socially engaged art curriculum development, and strategies of institutional collaboration through the arts. Projects currently in development use traditional stone tesserae mosaic techniques to engage powerful and well-served communities in explorations of restraint. Projects may involve political, economic, social, religious, and ecological spheres toward a goal of grappling with, rather than fighting against disagreeing groups.
I grew up on Cape Canaveral, Florida during the space race between the United States and Russia. Our house was located in a coastal marsh within sight of missile gantries. Contrasts such as startled egrets flying in front of a rocket trail, created in me a lasting appreciation for images that juxtapose the past with the present.
After earning a BFA at University of Florida with majors in drawing and printmaking, I worked as a commercial artist and modern dancer, eventually relocating to Silicon Valley to pursue a career in marketing communications for the technology industry while continuing to develop my art skills. In 2013, I received an MFA in spatial arts at San Jose State University. I am currently in a four-year artist residency at the Cubberley Artist Studios in Palo Alto, California.