This construction affords certain opportunities that are good and healthy for the Seminary. During the work on the Refectory, all the portraits will have to be removed. So we can think afresh about messaging and our “look” to the world as seen in those things that we value and are given prominence on our walls.
The primary message just at the moment is we value our past. This is not a bad message; there is an achievement in “keeping on keeping on”. However, our past is embedded with a history that includes racism. So we do need to think rather more about our messaging.
We do have a Bicentennial Celebration Committee; this mix of staff, faculty, student, and Board committee is working hard to think about the best way of marking these 200 years. The subgroup within that committee that will work on Art around the campus is: the Rev. Dr. Joe Thompson, Rev. Ginny Wilder, Vice President Katie Glover, Chair of the Finance Committee, Ms. Amy Curtis, and the chair is our “curator” (yes we do have one) - the Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins. This group will be charged with making recommendations for spaces around the campus and for conversations with the graduating seniors around their class gift.
Art is an area where many have an interest. Please do reach out to some or all of them and share your thoughts. We really do welcome that.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President