Over the last decade, Rondall Reynoso has spoken nationally in churches, colleges, and universities on the subject of art and religion. Rondall is willing to work with you and your church or organization to develop a program of talks, workshops, and/or exhibitions which would be appropriate for your needs. As a college professor, former department head at a denominational school, artist, art historian, and long time Christian and church member Rondall has a wealth of experience to bring to the table.
I highly recommend doing anything you can to get Rondall involved in the life of your church, college – wherever. His creativity and thoughtfulness are a great inspiration.” -Krystle Jeffers, Coordinator of Worship Arts and Music at The Cove Presbyterian Church
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Visual Arts & The Church
What does scripture say about the visual arts? This lecture looks at the approach scripture takes to art, including unexpected arts such as abstraction and performance art, and puts forth a rudimentary theology of art. Also examined, is the problematic relationship between art and the Evangelical church.
To listen to a sample of this talk, please click the link below to hear Rondall’s presentation of “Visual Arts & The Church” as it happened at The Cove, a Presbyterian church in Santa Rosa, CA. Also below, there is a PDF of PowerPoint which accompanied the lecture.
What is Art? What is Christian Art?
You often hear individuals say, “That’s not Art!” So, what is art? How do we approach this delicate question? Further, how does art relate to the Christian faith? Some ask, “What is Christian Art?” The lecture establishes a working definition of art and a lens through which to think about the question of “Christian Art.” There are two versions of this lecture one which looks at the issue of decorum through the lens of the Renaissance nude and theologically significant work which pushes against notions of decorum. The second version contains no nude imagery historic or contemporary.
Why would a person pursue a career in the arts? Why not something more practical? This talk examines the issues of calling and vocation through a look at Rondall’s decision and discernment process. The choice for the arts involves implications for the artist, the church, and the broader culture, all of which are explored in this talk.
Artist as Theologian
This lecture looks at the ways in which art is intrinsically theological and the implications this has for the artists of faith. It looks both at the responsibility and responsibility which such an understanding bestows on the artist.
His presentation was informative, engaging, and helpful for Christian artists and the average church member.” -Dr. Merril Smoak, Associate Pastor, Music & Worship, Trinity Church, Livermore, CA
Rondall Reynoso relies heavily on metaphor’s relating to theological, philosophical, and sociological themes. His Artist Talk delves into the story and deeper meaning of his work. The talk tracks his development from the earliest stages of his artistic production to his most recent work. This talk has often accompanied an exhibition of his work but can also be a stand-alone talk.
Reynoso has delivered academic lectures in a broad variety of venues and is willing to develop specific talks related to his academic research. Reynoso is currently prepared to deliver academic lectures on the following subjects.
- The Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery- The lectures Reynoso has most commonly delivered relate to his research on the history of the impressive and idiosyncratic Bob Jones University collection of religious art and the broader cultural programming at Bob Jones University. Lectures relating to the Bob Jones collection are appropriate for both academic and general audiences and are relevant far beyond the scope of American Fundamentalism.
- Xu Bing- The work of the famous contemporary Chinese Xu Bing is heavily influenced by a Buddhist mindset. This lecture examines how this play out in his work.
- The Iconography of Edward Knippers- This lecture looks at the traditional and innovative iconography employed by the controversial and important religious artist Edward Knippers.
- The Theological Aesthetic of Nudity in Evangelical Christianity- Reynoso examines the theological approach taken within evangelicalism to nudity in art. The lecture looks at several contemporary artists but with a special focus on the work of Edward Knippers.
- Five Evangelical Christs- This lecture looks at five images of Christ which are reflective of evangelical conceptions of Jesus Christ.
- Six Mormon Christs- This lecture looks at five images of Christ which are reflective of Mormon conceptions of Jesus the and historical development of this visual culture.
- The Christocentric Kinkade- In this lecture Reynoso explores the conception of Christ as presented in the paintings of Thomas Kinkaide.
- Visual Theology- Reynoso presents an argument for an expanded view of theology which includes non-verbal ways of knowing and non-discursive ways of communicating. He argues that some truths can be more fully communicated through the visual arts than through verbal language.
Rondall Reynoso is interested in encouraging and developing culture making creativity in local churches. As such, the following multi-day workshops are available tobeadded to the life of your church, college, or organization. All workshops are designed to be taught over a 3-5 day period. All workshops are designed to be appropriate for both beginners and experienced artists.
- Introduction to Drawing- Rondall has years of experience teaching drawing at the college level but he has also taught to adults and spent several years teaching children in a homeschool co-op. This workshop helps attendies learn the observational skills needed to make good drawings. This Faith on View blog article on Teaching Drawing explores Rondall’s approach to teaching drawing and shows some examples of his success.
- Contemporary Contemplative Spiritual Art- This workshop is addapted from a course which Rondall taught geared toward divinity students. This workshop engages students with the process of making contemporary art as a contemplative act. Participants explore how contemplative art can explore issues of glory, awe, devotion, interiority, and more.
- Introduction to abstraction– In drawing and painting courses, Rondall has long included projects that help students to explore abstraction. He has taken those same ideas and adapted them to a workshop format which found its initial success at the Grünewald Guild in Washington state. Participants explore various approached to abstraction and begin to develop their own abstract sensibility.
- Introduction to Digital Photography– Rondall’s wife Pamela is a photographer who, like Rondall, has an interest in promoting creativity and artistry in the Church. This workshop explores the basics of digital photography with the participants whether they are using their cell phone or a DSLR.
“Christian artists are usually not encouraged and recognized within the community of their own local churches. This creates a barrier for the visual arts to enter into the discussion of worship and spiritual formation. Rondall Reynoso helped take down this barrier when he presented his lecture on “Art & Scripture” at our 5th annual Christ Centered Art Show held May 20-21, 2013. His presentation was informative, engaging, and helpful for Christian artists and the average church member. We look forward to future conversations with Rondall.” -Dr. Merril Smoak, Associate Pastor, Music & Worship, Trinity Church, Livermore, CA
“I was fortunate enough to work with Rondall to set up an art installation and lecture at our church. Rondall was thoughtful and responsive in his communication – a privilege to work with and get to know. His pieces are exquisite and thought-provoking. His lecture on “Visual arts & the Church” was greatly received by our congregation and local community. In both his visual art and lecture I deeply appreciated being given a forum to think more deeply about the arts and their role in the world. The many questions and comments that resulted from his lecture were an obvious reminder that we don’t give these topics a forum often enough, even though many are hungering and thirsting for an opportunity to wrestle with issues of art and theology. As an artist, I was personally inspired to work harder and think more deeply, so as to be faithful to the great Creator. I highly recommend doing anything you can to get Rondall involved in the life of your church, college – wherever. His creativity and thoughtfulness are a great inspiration.” -Krystle Jeffers, Coordinator of Worship Arts and Music at The Cove Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa, CA
June 22 – 28, Introduction to Abstraction, Grünewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA
April 18, “Six Mormon Christs: Art as a Reflection of LDS Faith,” Mormon Scholars in the Humanities Conference at LDS Institute in Berkeley, CA.
February 21, “What is Beauty?”, William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA
October 20, Interview in Worship Service, Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, Roseville, CA
September 8, Exhibition with Pamela Reynoso Begins, Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, Roseville, CA
April 20-21, Arts Conference, Trinity Baptist Church, Livermore, CA
October 5, “Bringing Men to Christ: Cultural Programming at Bob Jones University in the Mid-Twentieth Century,” The Conference of Faith and History.
November 11, “Visual Arts & The Church,” The Cove Presbyterian Church, Santa Rosa, CA