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In the realm of Christian art, Louisiana College continues to make a name for itself.
In the latest issue of SEEN Journal, a product of Christians in Visual Arts (CIVA), LC assistant professors of art, Rondall Reynoso and WangLing Stokes find themselves featured prominently. So much so that the art work of Stokes is used on the front cover.
"It's really a great honor," said Stokes, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts. "I'm not just representing myself, but the school."
It's fitting that the LC art faculty would be featured in this issue of SEEN which focuses on the relationship between Christian artists from both the West and East as that very dynamic is prominent in the Art Department.
Stokes, herself, embodies that relationship. Having been raised in Taiwan, Stokes came to America to study art. After earning her master's degree at Kent State, Stokes taught at Santa Fe Community College before coming to LC two years ago.
Stokes is one of four artists interviewed for an article entitled, "East/West Interaction: Four Artists Respond" that focuses on the interaction between East and West in Christian Art. The other artists include Makoto Fujimura, considered by many the top Christian artist today, Wisnu Sasongko and Wayne Forte. Stokes is the only female artist in the article which also spotlights through photographs many more examples of her work.
"Just being with that group of artists really validates her," said Reynoso who serves as the Art Department Coordinator and is an Assistant Professor of Art.
And Reynoso's work continues to be validated as well. Another article in the issue focuses on the Charis Exhibit, the by-product of a cultural immersion trip in the summer of 2008. Reynoso was one of seven American artists who met up with seven Asian artists to spend two weeks in Indonesia. One week was spent on the island of Bail, the other on the island of Java. The trip was co-sponsored by the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
Following the trip, the artists were asked to produce work inspired by the cultural exchange. Reynoso's 24-piece collection of masks is part of the Charis Exhibit subtitled, "Neighbors, Strangers, Family, Friends, Boundary Crossings" that is currently touring the United States before it goes on tour in Asia in 2012.
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