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CIVA — Fine art exhibit at Evangel University

Published on Sep 6, 2019 by Paul K. Logsdon


Freshman Sophie Mixer of Springfield enjoys the CIVA exhibit in the Evangel University Fine Art & Design Gallery. // PHOTO BY Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Fine Art & Design Gallery will be showcasing “Silver 25 Prints,” through the months of September and October.

The exhibit will display 25 pieces of art originally commissioned by Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). The vision of CIVA is Serious Art. Serious Faith.

“In recognition of 25 years as an organization, CIVA invited 25 artists to create prints based on pieces of their choice from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.,” said Stan Maples, professor of art.

“Some of the artists chose to do their own rendition of their selected piece while some took a section of a work and created an original idea based upon that work of art.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The gallery is located in the Lawrence & Alletha Barnett Fine Arts Center, just south of the Spence Chapel, facing Glenstone Ave. Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Artist Jacques Richard Sassandra produced “Christ Walking on the Water,” a woodcut after Jacopo Tintoretto’s “Christ at the Sea of Galilee” (c.1575-1580) oil on canvas, which is housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. //


About CIVA

Founded in 1979, CIVA’s vision is to help artists, collectors, critics, professors, historians, pastors and arts professionals explore the profound relationship between art and faith.

CIVA and it’s members have three primary and longstanding commitments — they are (a) called to creative work; (b) devoted to the Church; and (c) present in culture.

During the this particular exhibit’s long travel history, the collection visited renowned galleries, museums, universities and churches.

Evangel University owns this set of prints. Following the fall exhibit, the CIVA pieces will be dispersed to permanent locations around Evangel’s campus.


Artist Tim Sheesley produced “St. Lucy’s Cabinet,” a lithograph adaptation of Francesco del Cossa’s “Saint Lucy” (1473 ), a wood panel that is housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. //


Art at Evangel

Evangel University is home to the state-of-the-art Lawrence & Alletha Barnett Fine Arts Center, which opened in 2002.

The Art Education degree at Evangel is for the creative art student seeking certification to teach art in elementary, junior high or high school grades. EU’s program meets the Missouri state requirements for certification in Art Education, grades K-12.

Students who desire a well-rounded approach to artistic disciplines may earn a Bachelor of Arts in Art degree. The program requires 33 credits in art and is a good option for a double major. The department also offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, where students take 58 studio hours, with an emphasis on studio work or graphic design. Both combine art history and appreciation courses with practical expertise in various studio areas.

For additional information, visit Evangel’s Department of Humanities, or contact Stan Maples at (417) 865-2815, ext. 7395.

Evangel University, which includes the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.



Additional Writer: Sophie Mixer