2004: Epiphanies of Beauty


The fifth annual Fall Conference examined the variety of ways in which the fine arts can help build a more genuinely Christian civilization in an ever more deeply post-Christian era. “Epiphanies of Beauty” (November 18–20, 2004) was inspired by Pope John Paul II’s 1999 Letter to Artists, which he addressed “to all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new ‘epiphanies’ of beauty, so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world.” In using the word “epiphany,” the Holy Father drew attention to art as the manifestation, or “shining forth,” of the glorious beauty of God’s creation. Accordingly, as the pope says elsewhere in the letter, beautiful works of art serve as “a kind of bridge to religious experience,” and thus as a genuine source of moral, spiritual, and cultural renewal. Watch video recordings of the presentations using the links below.

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Image: Spring Morning (c. 1979) by William Schickel. Enamel on canvas. Used with permission from Schickel Studios.

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