Artist-in-Residence

Artist-in-Residence Program

Westminster Presbyterian Church partners annually with a local artist in a residency program that aims to find new and creative ways to deepen the congregation’s experience of faith and connection to one another. Through this program, Westminster seeks to nurture and support the faithful artistic ministry of the Artist-in-Residence, providing a stipend and a platform for the artist to share their creations both with the Westminster community and beyond. Artists of all mediums and disciplines are encouraged to apply. We actively seek a diverse representation of peoples and arts to find new ways to encourage faith formation in our community.   

Each residency is uniquely shaped as a collaboration between the selected artist and Westminster’s Arts Staff, with a goal of interfacing with a vast intersection of Westminster’s community, including but not limited to: Sunday/Wednesday worship; Adult Education; Families, Youth, and Children (FYC); Social Justice ministries; and Congregational Care ministries. Although each residency runs from September through May, our hope is that the end of each engagement marks the beginning of a lasting relationship between the artist and the Westminster community.

Westminster is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Artist-in-Residence program!

When I first accepted the invitation from Director of Worship and the Arts Amanda Weber, I had no idea the opportunity would blossom into unexpected friendships and unprecedented artistic explorations. I haven’t experienced too many faith communities that engage the arts in the dynamic ways Westminster does– it’s been incredibly inspiring and affirming for me as an artist. While many churches struggle to understand how the arts can be a part of spiritual growth and renewal, Westminster has consistently nurtured creativity as an integral part of the community’s DNA.

— Joe Davis, spoken word artist; Artist-in-Residence, 2020-2021

Joe Davis

I was excited to bring people together to playfully create beauty and meaning through art. I’m passionate about making and facilitating art that reflects the experiences of a particular community, place and time–in this case, a congregation experiencing both loss and connection during a challenging pandemic year.

— Katherine Parent, artist and musician; Artist-in-Residence, 2021-2022

Contact

Worship and the Arts

Dr. Amanda Weber
Director of Worship and the Arts

Kenneth Vigne
Associate Director of Music

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Westminster Gallery

Dr. Rodney Allen Schwartz
Director, The Westminster Gallery and Archive

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