Arts Week 2017!

Beauty for Wounds

*Artwork by Katie Fisher

This week we celebrate our fifth annual Arts Week at DTS!

Our guest speakers are Dr. Natalie Carnes and Ms. Dawn Waters Baker. Natalie’s book, Beauty: a Theological Engagement with Gregory of Nyssa, provides the basis for her reflections on our understanding of the ways in which beauty, rightly understood, reveal God. But the revelation of God through Beauty isn’t simply a passive exercise — it requires participation. Interaction. Conversation.

Dr. Natalie Carnes

Ms. Dawn Waters Baker

Natalie is a constructive theologian who reflects on traditional theological topics through somewhat less traditional themes, like images, iconoclasm, beauty, gender, and childhood. For this work, she draws on literary and visual works as sources and sites of theological reflection, and her interest in doing so takes her into questions of religious knowledge and authority. What are the possibilities and limitations of different theological genres?

In addition to authoring articles in Modern Theology, Journal of Religion, and International Journal of Systematic Theology, among other journals, Natalie has written two books. The first is Beauty: A Theological Engagement with Gregory of Nyssa, and the second, forthcoming December 2017, is titled Image and Presence: A Christological Reflection on Iconoclasm and Iconophilia.
Currently, she is working on two new projects. One is a book with Matthew Whelan exploring questions at the intersections of poverty, aesthetics, luxury, and art. The other is a theological narrative contemplating children and childhood.

Beauty, as Natalie reveals, occurs in the context of the relationship within the holy trinity. It is mirrored in the relationship of the individual to God, and then in the community of believers as we share our love for the Lord and for one another.

Dawn Waters Baker is an accomplished artist and member of the arts team at Arapaho Baptist Church in Garland, Texas. Dawn learned to look for beauty in the cracks and crevices of lives much harder then her own. She is a Signature member of Artists of Texas. Dawn is affiliated with Mary Tomas Gallery in Dallas Design District, Kate Shin Gallery in New York, NY, Joseph Gierek Fine Art in Tulsa, OK, and currently with White Stone Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. She was also selected as the 2015 Artist in Residence for Big Bend National Park for the entire month of November. She has a solo exhibit at Mary Tomas Gallery in September 2016 based on her time and inspiration at the Park. The latest article written on her work was included in Wide Open Country, 10 Texas Artists that Explore the Beauty of the Lone Star State, by Elizabeth Abrahamsen. Her work has been in national shows including The National Weather Biennale, Jubilee Museum of Sacred Art Biennale, CIVA Contemporary Images of Mary and Ex Nihilo at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.

It’s going to be a great week. Join us!


Date: Tuesday, October 31 – Friday, November 3, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m
Place: Campbell Academic Center, Lamb Auditorium
Dallas Theological Seminary
3909 Swiss Ave., Dallas TX  75204


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