Roadside Jesus: A Collaborative American photo project curated by Michael Howard.
Join us for a gallery talk and reception with Roadside Jesus curator Michael Howard on Saturday, November 10th at 4pm in the gallery. The exhibit is on view October 7 - November 18, 2018.
About the project:
"Roadside Jesus is a collaborative photo project within the United States of America. Images of billboards, church signs, bumper stickers, etc. were submitted for the project, which I then curated. The goal of the project is to see the broad spectrum of signs across America that speak of the Bible, God, Jesus, Heaven, Hell and other American Christian topics. There is no predetermined message behind the project. Part of the beauty of collaborating with photographers across the United States is seeing the varying perspectives on this theme, which will hopefully lead to interesting conversations online and through the gallery exhibit."
-Michael Howard, curator
Photographers: Ashleigh Coleman, Jack Deese, Jeffrey Dietz, Amanda Driggers, Jesse Dvorak, Sam Fentress, Jacek Fota, Vincent Glielmi, Devin Lunsford, Juliana M, Lauren Mitchell, Joel Elliott Mooneyhan, Zachary Snellenberger, Ryan Steed, Sam Stone, Michael Wriston
Each 1st Tuesday of the month we gather to consider what each member of the group has been working on and provide encouragement and critique. Visual artists, designers, arts educators, and creative writers are invited to apply.
The group hopes to foster a generative community of vocational creatives. In conversation with each other, we hope to each become better artists and more faithful stewards of what we've been given.
If you'd like to participate in the arts feedback group, tell us a bit about yourself here...
Join us for a concert and conversation with Brian Ott of Jubalson, live from the Balcony of Sojourn Midtown, as he shares new work and the stories behind the songs. Opening for the evening is Jordy Searcy.
$5 suggested donation (100% goes to artist). All ages.
Brian Ott grew up in Louisville KY where he's been playing and writing music since he was 14. In 2011, he put out his first EP under the band name Jubalson. They have since released two more full length records, and they are in the final stages of releasing their third album, You Don't Have To Be In My Dream, due to be released later this year. His musical career has often been broken up by different illnesses or major life changes, but these stages always eventually get fleshed out in his writing. He's currently writing songs for an upcoming EP that reflects on the journey of walking along side his wife as she battled (and beat) cancer.
Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, September 18th at 7PM Sunergos on Woodlawn. This month we're reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, selected by Hannah Shultz.
"Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches."
"Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God follows Janie's journey of evolving independence as she seeks to understand her own identity though the mirror of her closest relationships. Hurston winsomely captures the struggles and triumphs of a lower class black woman living in the post-Reconstruction South with poignant prose and captivating storytelling. Join us as we peer into the complexity of the human experience and the messiness of real-life relationships." - Hannah
Join artist Sarah Martin on Friday, September 14th at 7PM as she shares about her work, Meeting Expectations, with a spoken word performance by Sherita Donald. Free, all ages, and open to the public.
In Meeting Expectations, Sarah Martin transforms herself into the woman single Christian men desire. We see her conversations with men found on Christian dating websites and we see her self-portraits and video performances as she tries to be who they want her to be.
Meeting Expectations raises all kinds of issues related to dating and gender expectations in Christian circles for both men and women. Our hope in sharing this work in the context of Sojourn's church-based art gallery is that it would start conversations leading toward healthier desires and expectations between men and women. Through self-reflection and conversation, we hope we can all learn to better relate to one another.
Meeting Expectations will be on view in the gallery August 19 - September 30, 2018. Sarah Martin is an artist and educator living in Louisville, KY. See more of her work at thesarahmartin.com.
Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, August 21st at 7PM at 504 E. Oak St. for a listening party and discussion of The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico, led by Payton Harris.
"The Velvet Underground and Nico is one of the most influential albums of all time. Its independent, subversive attitude paved the way for rock music as we know it today, and it still remains one of its most powerful works. Alienation, unmet desires, and anxiety of city-life is released through droning piano, sharp viola tones, and stuttering guitar solos with harsh feedback. Through fatalism, nihilism and deviance, they found bliss. Do we find bliss in the same places? How do we cope with feelings of alienation, degradation, and pessimism?" - Payton
Join us in the gallery with collectors Larry and Mary Gerbens in discussion with Pastor Clif Roth on themes of forgiveness and the role of images in spiritual formation. Plus, a brief performance by Sam Yong.
"The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most powerful and evocative stories Jesus told. Its universal themes of greed and regret, arrogance and repentance, sin and redemption, jealousy and acceptance, and most importantly, compassionate forgiveness resonate richly with each retelling.
This parable has inspired the work of artists throughout the centuries. In many times and places and using many methods and media, artists have sought to visualize this story. Yet despite the differences in their work, the message of the Father's love remains constant."
— Larry and Mary Gerbens
Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, July 17 at 7PM at 504 E Oak St. This selection comes from Sojourn Arts director Michael Winters in conjunction with Sojourn Arts' gallery exhibit "The Father & His Two Sons." The exhibit features paintings, drawings and prints related to the prodigal son story. The exhibit comes from the collection of Larry and Mary Gerbens, on loan from Calvin College.
Henri Nouwen's The Return of the Prodigal Son is a deeply spiritual book. The author's encounter with Rembrandt's famous painting captures his imagination and sends him on a long spiritual journey. Through engaging Christ's parable and Rembrandt's painting, Nouwen comes to better relate to God and himself. The book testifies to the power of Christ's story of the father and his two sons. It also testifies to the potential of art to lead us into meditation and discovery. Reading this book will lead us into a great discussion about family relationships, growing up, and coming home.
Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, June 26th at 7PM at Sojourn Midtown for a listening party and discussion of Sho Baraka's The Narrative, led by Casey Hamm. Released in 2016, The Narrative - Sho Baraka's fourth studio album - is a conversation on race and faith, social consciousness and spirituality. As the narrator, Sho Baraka journeys through different historical moments over the course of years, decades, and centuries, speaking into past injustices and present struggles, while also celebrating black life and ultimately pointing back to the work of Christ. His album is full and nuanced, inviting listeners to engage deeply from the very beginning - "Don't close the book, I got more to write / You can change the story, that is my advice / I read in color, they see black and white / You just saw the cover, but there's more to life."
Roadside Jesus: A collaborative American photo project curated by Michael Howard.
Deadline to submit: June 16, 2018 // On view October 7 - November 18, 2018
About the project: "Roadside Jesus is a collaborative photo project within the United States of America. Images of billboards, church signs, bumper stickers, etc. are submitted for the project and curated by Michael Howard. The goal of the project is to see the broad spectrum of signs across America that speak of the Bible, God, Jesus, Heaven, Hell and other American Christian topics. There is no predetermined message behind the project. Part of the beauty of collaborating with photographers across the United States is seeing the varying perspectives on this theme, which will hopefully lead to interesting conversations and a gallery exhibit."
To submit your work for the Roadside Jesus Photo Project send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Images should be 1200px on the long side at 72dpi
- Titles for each image
- Location of where the image was taken
- Photographer Name
- Photographer Website
- Photographer Instagram Handle
- Photographer Phone and Email
Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7PM at 504 E Oak St. Our third selection from Pastor Jamaal Williams is Confessions by Augustine. We will be reading Sarah Ruden's translation.
"Augustine was one of the most influential men to have ever lived. Not only has he left a lasting impact on Christian tradition, but has also shaped philosophy in monumental ways. Confessions is a classic piece of literature, in which one of the greatest Christian thinkers lays bare his soul. Throughout the work, one can see themes of sin, suffering, truth, the Lordship of Christ, and more. Though translations abound, Sarah Ruden's translation seeks to show the literary beauty of Augustine's writing, something many translations miss. Tolle lege—take up and read—this timeless classic with us." - Pastor Jamaal
Join artist Maggie Hubbard in conversation with Pastors James Westbrook and Justin Karl on Sunday, May 6th at 4:30PM, as they discuss white racial identity in the context of racial reconciliation. Free, all ages, and open to the public.
The exhibit Indigo: the color of whiteness by Maggie Hubbard is one artist's reckoning with her own cultural and racial identity. As our church continues to pursue diversity, this exhibit is an opportunity for people of all ethnic backgrounds to converse about how our cultures relate. We can learn from Maggie's self-reflection embedded in these skillful paintings.
While attending a multi-ethnic church in Seattle, Maggie Hubbard says she realized she knew little about her own racial identity and the larger culture of white people. This was in 2016, during many public conversations regarding race in America. In Maggie's indigo ink paintings, she shows herself to clearly identify with white culture (Ancestors 1-3 are based on her own family photographs), and at the same time she holds up whiteness critically.
This series of paintings shows Maggie's process of trying to understand her own relationship to whiteness and white culture. Maggie's desire to understand her own racial and cultural identity is for the purpose of better relating to people of other races and cultures.
Indigo - the color of whiteness will be on view in the gallery March 25 - May 6, 2018. See more of Maggie's work at maggiehubbard.net.
Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, April 17th at 7PM at 504 E Oak St. for our second listening party and discussion led by Katelyn Farris, who selected Work Songs by The Porter's Gate Worship Project.
"After convening in June 2017, The Porter’s Gate released a worship collective entitled Work Songs: The Porter's Gate Worship Project Vol. 1.The purpose of The Porter’s Gate Worship Project is 'To start a movement, a soundtrack for faithful, welcoming presence in our broken world.' Just as a porter seeks to invite outsiders into the gate, Christians are called to invite everyone inside the doors of the church and into the body of believers.
Presenting 13 modern hymns centered on affirming vocation as fundamental to a life of worship, Work Songs: Vol. 1 explores the meaning of inviting work into worship and bringing worship into work. Featuring artists such as Audrey Assad, Liz Vice, Josh Garrels, the album creates music designed to welcome all, with musicians representing various cultural backgrounds, denominations, races, and artistic styles.The Porter’s Gate Worship Project recognizes the importance of music in community, and invites deeper discussion of our inspirations, aspirations, thoughts, and ideas surrounding identity and vocation." - Katelyn
Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, March 20th at 7PM at the South End Sunergos - 306 W Woodlawn Ave. Our second novel, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, was selected by Hannah Shultz.
"It wasn’t a human being I killed, it was a principle!"
"Dostoyevsky's masterful Crime and Punishment recounts the fracturing of the human soul, providing a fascinating glimpse into the mind of its tormented protagonist and titular criminal. In this work, Dostoyevsky insightfully exposes the twisted truths which lead to sin, while also extending the hope of resurrection and redemption. Join us as we anticipate the Easter season with this story of moral resurrection." - Hannah
Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, February 20th at 7PM at 504 E Oak St. for our first listening party and discussion led by Kevin Janes, who selected If All I Was Was Black by Mavis Staples.
"78-year old soul legend Mavis Staples released a remarkable work of funk-folk in 2017 called If All I Was Was Black. Written and produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, it’s an album that examines American perspectives in divisive times and the compassionate love and understanding it takes to see the world through another’s point of view. Departing from Tweedy’s more typical abstract writing style, he and Staples succinctly address contemporary topics, illustrate universal truths and give compelling calls to action. In this way these songs are not unlike parables – verses that inform and instruct the listener, yet without the self-righteousness that often gives “didacticism” a bad name. With Staples’ singular voice backed by a tight band of virtuoso players, the album challenges preconceived notions, encourages active listening, and implores us to love well. To achieve all this in 35 minutes and it be a joyful listening experience is no small feat." - Kevin Janes
Join artists Holly Leonard and Matthew King, along with Pastor Clif Roth, in a conversation on the tension between faith and mystery, Sunday, February 4th at 4:30PM. Inspired by their exhibit Through a Mirror Dimly. Free, all ages, and open to the public.
In their artist statement, Matt and Holly write: "Through a Mirror Dimly focuses on the tension between revelation and mystery in faith, using both the verses of 1 Cor. 13:11-12 and the themes found in the C.S. Lewis novel, Till We Have Faces.... These texts give us hope for the day we “shall know fully,” and until then, this body of work is our effort to better comprehend the fact that faith necessitates a certain measure of mystery and unknowing."
Sojourn Arts Reading Group will start up again on Tuesday, January 16th at 7PM in the Sojourn Gallery.
We've got a new format for the new year: we'll meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7-9PM. Plus, we'll alternate between a book and music album each month. January will be a book, February an album, and so on. Thanks Hannah and Joel for the idea!
Our first book is Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. This selection comes from our current exhibit Through a Mirror Dimly, featuring work by Holly Leonard and Matthew King.
From their artist statement: "Through a Mirror Dimly focuses on the tension between revelation and mystery in faith, using both the verses of 1 Cor. 13:11-12 and the themes found in the C.S. Lewis novel, Till We Have Faces. The complexities of faith seem to grow as we age; we exchange simplistic, pure childlike faith for a more nuanced version tempered by doubt and choice. Our works explore this tension through the use of accumulative mark-making and obscured figures. These texts give us hope for the day we “shall know fully,” and until then, this body of work is our effort to better comprehend the fact that faith necessitates a certain measure of mystery and unknowing." Image far right: "A Royal Calling" by Holly Leonard.
Dec. 4 - "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" and "A Southern City with Northern Problems" by Hunter S. Thompson. Discussion led by Pastor Josh Thomas.
Meeting at South End Sunergos - 306 W Woodlawn Ave.
(Note: Changed time to 7:00pm)
This fall Sojourn Arts will host a series of evening discussions to facilitate a conversation over a selection of post-1945 American Literature. We will discuss what we’ve read (from the selected works) and learned (from lectures and documentaries) asking crucial questions about their writings and how the gospel and church answers these emotions, desires, and questions.
Christians study the Bible primarily to understand our world. However, we should study the writings and thoughts from our culture as well in order see the traces of God’s Word in their messages and learn to respond with God’s truth to our culture in a way that resonates with our particular cultural underpinnings (some of these underpinnings come from this era of post-1945 American literature).
We want to read a wide range of post-1945 American authors to answer three questions:
- What themes of desire, hope, guilt, shame, fears, dreams, and angst arising from the text?
- How does the author’s articulation of these elements at work in the current American cultural and social landscape? How does this describe us?
- Finally, how does the gospel and church of Jesus Christ address these elements and issues typified in these writings and our broader American culture? What specifically, are God’s answers to this heart and soul permutations?
Come view artwork by Joe Cory and Fadi BouKaram in the exhibit Out of the Depths: A Collaborative Exhibition Exploring the Complex Nature of the Migrant Crisis. Free, all ages, and open to the public.
The artist talk will begin at 4:30PM, and will be followed by a brief intro to what's happening locally with refugees presented by John Barnett of Refuge Louisville. Local artist Bethany Kenny will share her soon-to-be-released coloring book for refugee kids and pastries and spiced tea made by a local refugee family will be served.
In the exhibition statement, curator Matt Schneider writes, "Powerful images of the middle east are juxtaposed with paintings based on filtered information mediated by American news sources. Motifs of water and navigational symbols further pervade the imagery, as viewers are challenged to rethink their assumptions about what it means to be living in the Middle East and a refugee."
Out of the Depths will be on view in the gallery October 29 - December 3, 2017.
Sunday Project: Yarn Pom-Poms // Nov. 19th @ 8:30 - 1:30PM & 6:00 - 7:45PM
We want to make our space beautiful and special for the Christmas season, and we need your help making the decorations. Join us in the gallery on Sunday, November 19th to make yarn pom-poms for garland. Yarn, scissors, and templates will be provided.
Come meet and listen as artist John Ryan Brubaker shares about his work Every Path is Viable, a series of images created from multiple exposures on a single frame of film.
In his artist statement, John Ryan writes: "Each photograph is informed by the unique architecture, culture, language, and visual characteristics of the city in which it was taken. Yet, they are not meant to be representations of particular places, as is so often the case in photography. Rather, they are intended to be vehicles for getting lost in thought or contemplation."
The artist talk will begin at 4:30PM, lasting approximately 15 minutes, plus time for a few questions and answers.
Every Path is Viable will be on view in the gallery September 24 - October 22, 2017. See more of John Ryan's work at jrbrubaker.com.
Join us for a photo walk workshop led by John Ryan Brubaker. We will meet in the gallery at 2:30PM to look at and briefly discuss his photographs in Every Path is Viable. Then we'll head outside to complete a photo project designed by John Ryan. he photo walk will be followed by a reception and artist talk in the gallery.
Every Path is Viable will be on view in the gallery September 24 - October 22, 2017.
Come creatively and thoughtfully engage with the Psalms as our church continues its Life of David sermon series. Sojourn Midtown member Elise Welsh, cocreator of Old Glory Paper Co., will lead two hand lettering workshops on Sunday, October 15th during the 10AM and 6PM service. There is limited space so please arrive on time if you want a seat. Supplies will be provided.
Sunday Project: Cardboard Painting // July 30th @ 9:30AM - 1:30PM.
Join us in the gallery on Sunday, July 30th before and after services as we paint bible stories on cardboard, inspired by our new gallery exhibit “Cardboard Chronicles: The Biblical Art of Rudolph Bostic.” Paint and cardboard will be provided.
Book Binding Workshop & Painting // July 30th @ 4:30 - 6:00PM
Registration deadline has passed.
Additionally, there will be a Book Binding Workshop at 4:30PM in the gallery. We will create pocket sized journals inspired by Rudolph Bostic's Cardboard Chronicles. The basic book binding tutorial will go until 5:00PM, and the following time afterwards will be used to paint and personalize your journal in a style similar to Bostic's. All supplies will be provided. Registration deadline has passed.
Join us in the gallery on Sunday, July 16th before and after services as we create a set of wooden toy blocks inspired by Laura Wennstrom's "Block City." There will be paint and brushes available, as well as mini printed photographs from the Shelby Park neighborhood to collage on the blocks. The finished community project will be reflective of our church's home, Shelby Park, and will be given to the Kids ministry. Be sure to stop by and paint a block for the collection!
Come view artwork by Garrett O. Hansen, Samantha Ludwig, Adrienne Miller, Laura Wennstrom, and Jordan Lienhoop in the exhibit In Seeking Home and listen as each artist shares what home means to them and how it transfers into their art. The artist talks will begin at 5:00PM, each lasting approximately 3-5 minutes, plus time for a few questions and answers.
Additionally, we will be working on our own set of toy blocks inspired by Laura Wennstrom's "Block City." Be sure to stop by and paint a block for the collection!
In Seeking Home will be on view in the gallery June 4 - July 23, 2017.
Inspired by Laura Wennstrom's "Block City," Sojourn Arts will be creating a set of toy blocks that is representative of Sojourn Midtown's neighborhood, Shelby Park. Important to the project are photographs that are visually compelling and honestly capture our church's home community.
We will meet in the gallery at 4:30PM to look at "Block City" and briefly discuss the gallery exhibit In Seeking Home and the purpose of the collaborative art project. Then we'll head outside to make photographs!
In Seeking Home will be on view in the gallery June 4 - July 23, 2017.
Come meet photographer Leandro Lozada and hear him discuss his current gallery exhibit, Saints, a collection of portraits from members in our church community. In his artist statement, Leandro writes:
"I've asked our church community to trust God and each other in a very tangible way: by sharing with me some of the most difficult aspects of their life and as they do so, to allow me to photograph them.
These stories and portraits are a display of trust; they are able to share in such a way because they trust to be loved and known by God and by others. But they are also an invitation to trust; to trust God and others with your whole self, not just with a polished version of yourself."
The artist talk will begin at 5:00PM and last approximately 10-15 minutes, plus time for a few questions and answers.
Saints will be on view in the gallery February 19 - April 9, 2017. See more of Leandro's work at www.facebook.com/mightysaints1.
On Saturday, March 18th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. there will be a reception and panel discussion for the gallery exhibit Responding to Violence and the Gun. The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the gallery, with the panel starting at 6:30 p.m.
The show will be on view February 12 - April 9, 2017.