Faith, Faithfulness, and Art
“Christian art is the expression of the whole life of the whole person who is a christian.”
– Francis Schaeffer
I thrive to be consistent in my faith with the gift of art making and teaching. I usher my students to be consistent in their faith and gifts. It is so easy to ignore or bypass the beginning of things. Most students I encountered in the past, seem to lose an excitement that they initially had when they first discovered art. It’s not because they no longer love it, but, according to them, other things happened. They are too busy, or simply put, life happened. I too understand the struggles of trying to manage and balance everything, especially while in college and away from family for the first time. We all do and that’s okay. But life requires a daily reminder.
Paul in Ephesians 6:10-17 writes with an urgency that we need to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. Being a faithful servant is a life-long journey. Being a faithful Christian artist is a life-long commitment. Artists shouldn’t try to convey everything in one artwork and call it done. If we do that, we will certainly be discouraged and will definitely fail as faithful servants. We are to be diligent. God wants us whole, meaning a whole body, soul, heart and life. For the Christian artist, making art should not be some kind of to-do-list or an accomplishment for their own name. It is tempting to be known as a great artist, or someone who had painted a famous painting. However, my desire for the students who come in contact with me at Cedarville University is different. The Lord commanded us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30) I am eager to equip my young artists to be faithful, diligent, serving, and humble as they live their lives as artists. God has promised, “humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:10) It is inevitable that students and I will face temptations throughout our life-long journey as Christian artists, but I don’t fear the world nor want my students to fear the world as they go out into the world after Cedarville University. They must be strong and courageous in the name of Jesus Christ. They will walk forward knowing that they are victorious as a follower of Christ.
-Prof. Annie Lee-Zimerle
AND CHECK OUT LEE-ZIMERLE’S upcoming exhibition at the Springfield Museum of Art: Nov 11, 2016-May 21, 2017.
Story Retold: Prints by Annie Lee-Zimerle (Chakeres Interactive Art Lab)
Through printmaking and painting, Annie Lee-Zimerle retells popular narratives via personal experiences. While watching her children play dress-up she wonders what compels children to act as others and explores this play by positioning herself as popular characters.