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Creativity & the Prophetic Voice: Sculpting Mary as Prophet

An exhibit and conversation featuring the sculpture, Mary as Prophet by Margaret Adams Parker and the photography of B. Cayce Ramey.

Exhibit Date: October 20, 2017 – January 20, 2018

Opening Reception & Artist’s Talk: Friday, November 10, 2017 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Creativity & the Prophetic Vision Discussion Series: (All Discussions will be held 5:00 PM – 7:00 pm on Sunday evenings at Convergence) October 29, 2017 – Artist as Prophet; November 19, 2017 – Gender and the Prophetic Voice; January 7, 2018 – Race, Identity and Faith

Convergence invites you to explore the intersection of the creative act and prophetic vision through the sculpture of Margaret Adams Parker and photographic essays of B. Cayce Ramey in the thought provoking exhibit, Creativity & the Prophetic Voice: Sculpting Mary as Prophet.

“When our reality is turned upside-down by truth, when our expectations are shattered by insight, when our assumptions are challenged by a vision so bold and so new that it cannot be denied, we have encountered the Holy and the distinction between ‘prophet’ and ‘artist’ blurs.” writes Ramey.

Ramey’s photographs show Parker sculpting Mary as Prophet created for the commissioning of the new chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. Also on display are 18 of Parker’s sculptures, some based on Scripture and others drawn from her Laments series.

In addition to the visual component, Creativity & the Prophetic Vision: Sculpting Mary as Prophet will feature live conversations with the artists and special guests to invite deeper reflection on gender, race and the role of the artist as prophet. If a prophet is an inspired proclaimer of the will of God, to whom to do we give that authority and how does that choice affect our image of God and ourselves? These discussions will be held on Sunday evenings at 5:00 PM at Convergence. They are free and open to the public.

Mary as Prophet Sculpture

About the Artists:

Margaret (Peggy) Adams Parker is a sculptor and printmaker whose work often deals with religious and social justice themes. Mary as Prophet, commissioned by Virginia Theological Seminary, earned an Honor Award from Faith & Form. Reconciliation, on the parable of the Prodigal Son, was commissioned by Duke Divinity School, and her image of Mary with the infant Jesus is in place at Washington National Cathedral’s Cathedral College and at churches across the country. Her prints are included in the collection of the Library of Congress; have been published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; have been used as a logo by Amnesty International; and accompany a new translation of the Book of Ruth.

The Rev. B. Cayce Ramey is a photographer, priest, husband, and father. He is rector of All Saints Episcopal Church Sharon Chapel in Alexandria, Virginia and co-host of the Racial Heresy podcast. He holds a B.S. from MIT in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary. His previous work includes documenting his life as a U.S. Marine in Iraq, photographic reflections on Eucharistic Sanctification, clergy portraits, sports photography, and photographs of his children and family life. His current focus is on integrating faith, photography, and racial justice.

Gallery Hours: The exhibit is open to the public Fridays 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturdays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and by appointment. 703-998-6260 or danabh@ourconvergence.org.

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