When I was in Sunday School, our dedicated teachers used something known as flannelgraphs to provide visuals for the Bible stories they were teaching us. They were usually cartoonish images of Bible characters, animals, and props printed on roughly backed paper, which were then stuck to a blue or green felt background. Unfortunately, this was the full extent of visual art many people–myself included–experienced in an evangelical church setting.
For decades, Protestant Christianity has withdrawn from and even denounced visual art as a medium of worship. In response, the Art World began to see–rightly so, perhaps–Christian art as old, tired, and kitschy. This blog is committed to exploring how the Church is returning to fine art, and how artists who are Christians are challenging the Art World’s paradigms.