Friday, June 5, 2009

11 Megachurches

This is a recently completed series of images to be exhibited for the fall semester @ Asbury College in conjunction with:

Bringing Creation to Praise:

The Arts and Faith

A two-day conference organized by Asbury College

Plenary speaker: Jeremy Begbie, Ph.D., Duke Divinity School; formerly University of Cambridge and University of St. Andrews

Thursday and Friday November 12 and 13, 2009

This conference was organized to deal with issues of relationship between art and religion: primarily as it regards to environmental concerns.


Mathew Sleeth, M.D., author, Serve God, Save the Planet

Cameron Anderson, M.F.A.,Executive Director, Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)

Patrick Adams, M.F.A. , exhibit and Artist’s Talk, “Heaven and Earth”

Campus Exhibits organized by the Asbury College Art Department

including artists:

Keith Barker

Rondall Reynoso

Laura O’Neal

Chris Segre-Lewis

Travis Shaffer

Sarah Jane Gray

Branded Nation: The Marketing of the Megachurch, College Inc., and Museumworld

I just finished reading this great book by James B. Twitchell, a professor at U of F.

For anyone interested in the branding/marking of the culture industries (art, religion, education...) this is a very interesting book. Which supports my theories on the impact of fashion (lowercase "f"), trend, and social status on these "truth seeking institutions".

It's dry, but fascinating.

This book was published in 2004, and it is interesting to see the things Twitchell is talking about becoming more common and explicit now.