Welcome to the Year of the Arts.

This is the first ever festival of the arts mounted for the Biola community and her friends. You are warmly invited to explore with us the multifaceted nature of Sacred Space.

Events dealing with this theme are offered fall semester in 7 different areas: visual art, music, theatre, literature/poetry, film, the culinary arts and soul care.

Contributing collaborators have provided a wide and varied array of opportunities—indeed there is potentially something for everyone. Not all the fall events from every department involved are listed but mainly those dealing specifically with Sacred Space.

Although we are all busy, I would strongly encourage you to take the time to attend some of these wonderful events. Almost all departments involved are looking for additional support in terms of attendance and encouragement. Take the time to stop by the university gallery or be present at a music concert, play, or evening lecture. The Department of Film and Media Arts is offering a not to be forgotten, one day film festival on Saturday, October 29th. With over 30 listings, this celebration is not to be missed. And if you do not come to us, we may come to you in the form of “Random Acts of Culture” thanks to the Conservatory of Music.

Expand your horizons by delving into an area of the arts you have not seriously considered before. Enlarge your aesthetic taste by seeking out a style or form of art you are not comfortable with. Critic Lewis Mumford notes, “A community whose life is not irrigated by art and science, by religion and philosophy, day upon day, is a community that exists half alive.”

It is my ardent prayer that you will discover the arts at Biola this year.

Over and over again, the Lord has used the arts in my life to nourish me at the very core of my being and so I pray the same for you!

Barry Krammes
Year of the Arts
Events Coordinator

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Mankind’s most enduring achievement is art. At its best, it reveals the nobility that coexists in human nature along with flaws and evils, and the beauty and truth it can perceive. Whether in music or architecture, literature, painting or sculpture, art opens our eyes and feelings to something beyond ourselves, something we cannot experience without the artist’s vision and the genius of his craft.”

— Barbara Tuchman, Pulitzer Prize winning historian

Art is perhaps humanity’s most essential, most universal language. It is not a frill, but a necessary part of communication. Indeed, the quality of civilization can be measured by the breadth of the symbols used …Now more than ever, all people need to see clearly, hear acutely, and feel sensitively through the arts. These languages are no longer simply desirable but are essential if we are to convey adequately our deepest feelings, and survive with civility and joy.”

— Ernest Boyer, American educator

Reaching deep into our collective thoughts and memories, great art sneaks past our shallow prejudices and brittle opinions to remind us of the complexity and mystery of human existence. The imagination calls us to leave our personalities behind and to temporarily inhabit another’s experience, looking at the world through new eyes. Art invites us to meet the Other—whether that be our neighbor or the infinite otherness of God—and to achieve a new wholeness of spirit.”

— Gregory Wolfe, Editor of Image Journal

If you are a painter or a poet or a musician or an actor—you carry within you a prize of great worth. [If you do not create], you must learn to love one of the arts in a way that allows the power of another’s creation to come alive within you. Once you love an art enough that you can be taken up in it, you are able to experience an echo of the great creative act that mysteriously has given life to us all.”

— Kent Nerburn, in Letters to My Son

Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts —to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.’”

— Exodus 31: 1–5

Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”

— President Lyndon Johnson

2011–2012 Visionary-in-Residence

Roberta Green Ahmanson

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Discover the Arts at Biola This Year

  • Guest Artists
  • Plays
  • Lectures
  • Concerts
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Tours
  • Conferences
  • Forums
  • Recitals
  • Symposia
  • Retreats
  • Random Acts of Culture
  • Chapels
  • Readings
  • Luncheons
  • Publications
  • Discussions

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