Contemporary Art and the Return of Religion

by Jonathan Anderson & Matthew Milliner

Art professor Jonathan A. Anderson of Biola University is joined by Dr. Matthew Milliner of Wheaton College to discuss the place of faith in the contemporary world of art and academia. Anderson and Milliner consider how the culture of the university has changed over the past century, opening new opportunities to discuss religion.

Matthew Milliner, a professor at Wheaton College, teaches across the range of art history, and his scholarly specialization is Byzantine and medieval art, with a focus on how such images inform contemporary visual culture. Dr. Milliner has published widely in both academic and popular venues,  and has given scholarly presentations at University of Chicago, American University, Indiana University and Duke University. In 2014 he organized a scholarly symposium at the Art Institute of Chicago entitled Envisioning the Eucharist, which explored how art functions as visual theology. He is a National Humanities Center Summer Institute for Advanced Study Fellow for 2013 and 2014, and he was recently appointed a member of the Curatorial Advisory Board of the United States Senate.

Jonathan Anderson is an artist, art critic, and associate professor of art at Biola University, where he has been teaching since 2006. In addition to making paintings, his research and writing focuses on modern and contemporary art with a particular interest in bringing contemporary art and theology into more meaningful conversation and mutual understanding. Professor Anderson has given scholarly presentations at Yale University (Society for Christian Scholarship in Music) and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art) and has received research fellowships from the Center for Christian Thought and the Nagel Institute. He has contributed essays to multiple books and journals, and has recently co-authored a book with theologian William Dyrness entitled Modern Art and the Life of a Culture .

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