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  • Art, Love & Beauty Gathering “On Beauty and Sacrifice”

    Art, Love and Beauty Gathering with Makoto Fujimura

    “On Beauty and Sacrifice” 

    The evening will open with an interview with current IAM artist, Laurie Lea

    Thursday, September 18, 2014
    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    IAM Space
    38 West 39th Street
    New York, NY 10018

    Kindly RSVP to Nia James Kiesow or visit IAM for additional information

    Laurie Lea’s art will be exhibited at IAM Space through October 9

     

  • ArtPrize 2014 / Golden Sea Film Screening / Mars Hill

    Makoto Fujimura returns to Grand Rapids, Michigan for opening week events at ArtPrize 2014
    September 23 – September 28

    Tuesday, September 23
    Acton Institute presents 
    Walking on Water: A Journey of Faith and Art with Makoto Fujimura

    A preview to his ArtPrize 2014 entry, ‘Walking on Water – Azurite’
    On display and hosted by Acton Institute – Main Lobby

        6:30 pm – Registration / Artist’s Reception
    7:00 pm – Lecture and Q & A
    8:00 pm – Post-Lecture Reception / Book Signing
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    For additional information on Fujimura’s entry and ArtPrize®

    Friday, September 26
    Acton Institute presents
    Golden Sea Documentary Film Screening with Makoto Fujimura

    5:30-6:30pm – Artist’s Reception
    7:00pm – Film Event
    Artist’s Book signing
    Golden Sea monograph will be made available for purchase

    Sunday, September 28
    Mars Hill Bible Church to host Makoto Fujimura
    Art and Spirituality

    Gatherings at 9:00am & 11:00am

    Mars Hill Bible Church
    3501 Fairlane Ave SW
    Grandville, Michigan

  • The Still Point – A journey engaging art, faith & humanity

    The Still Point is a three-week line-up of exhibitions, performances and talks engaging art, faith and humanity consisting of a touring presentation of the QU4RTETS and showcase of works by artists in Hong Kong, conceived in response to the larger themes of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.

     

    QU4RTETS Exhibition: Meet The Artist
    University Museum & Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong
    13.9.2014 | Saturday | 3–4.30PM
    BY INVITATION ONLY | ABOUT THE PARTICIPANT

    An afternoon of sharing by artist Makoto Fujimura on the QU4RTETS paintings created in parallel to the spirit and method of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Discussion will centre on the process behind the artistic, intellectual and spiritual journeys between Fujimura and the other artists, with the poem – in their search for recalibration and comfort amidst tragedies through the embrace of Christian literary and theological tradition.

    Please visit Still Point for more information

     

  • Summer 2014 Feature ~ QU4RTETS

    As we look forward to the QU4RTETS in Hong Kong exhibition this September, we will be featuring the QU4RTETS project throughout the summer of 2014. QU4RTETS Catalog and QU4RTETS Catalog-Signed, are available at  Fujimura Contemporary

    We warmly invite you to view this extraordinary interview hosted by Dr. Jonathan Master. Filmed earlier this year at Cairn University during its exhibition of QU4RTETS, “A Conversation with Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman” examines the inspiration for the QU4RTETS project and introduces the Fujimura Institute and its journey forward of bringing Eliot’s transcendent masterpiece to the canvas.

     Presented by Cairn’s Center for University Studies
    Jonathan Master is Professor of Theology and Dean of the School of Divinity at Cairn University

  • Announcement – Makoto Fujimura is chosen as American Academy of Religion’s ” 2014 Religion and the Arts” award recipient!

    The American Academy of Religion,  names Makoto Fujimura as its ’2014 Religion and the Arts’ award recipient. This award is presented annually to an artist, performer, critic, curator, or scholar who has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the relations among the arts and the religions, both for the academy and for a broader public.

    American Academy of Religion will formally present the award at a special awards ceremony, the evening of November 23rd, in San Diego, at its Annual Meeting.  Fujimura will also be the featured speaker, in scholarly conversation about his  work, religion and art, at a Special Topics Forum on the afternoon of November 23rd.

    Previous recipients of the award include Meredith Monk, Holland Carter, Gary Snyder, Betye & Alison Saar and  Bill Viola.

    Additional information…….

    Makoto Fujimura – in response to his being named this award recipient -

    “I am deeply honored by this award.  I have worked all my life toward the integration of art, faith and culture: What I have been calling ‘Culture Care’ is an approach to bring this integrated reality into the lives of all who seek deeper wisdom.  Creating beauty, using precious Nihonga materials in a contemporary arts context, is all part of my pilgrimage toward this integrated wisdom. Creating International Arts Movement and Fujimura Institute is an effort to archive and resource others with this wisdom as well.  I look forward to a conversation that leads for all of us to seek to ‘be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.’ (Rom. 8:21)”

    Dr. Philip G. Ryken, president of Wheaton College recently sent this message:

    “My first visit to one of Mako Fujimura’s exhibitions at a Manhattan art gallery brought fresh vision and unexpected beauty into my life. For Fujimura, life-giving beauty has its origins in the character of Jesus Christ. But the generous gift he wants to share is not sectarian. His work invites anyone and everyone to care for our culture—and its future—by nourishing its soul.”

    Dana Gioia, a poet and former chairman of National Endowment for the Arts, sent his congratulatory note:

    “The great spiritual trend of our era has been the synthesis of the world’s religious traditions in an attempt both to clarify human universals and to free us from our own cultural bias.  Most of this new work, however, becomes generic and generalized.  Makoto Fujimura’s signature distinction has been to  fuse the Eastern and Western traditions–artistic, spiritual, and literary- in ways that both reinvigorate and assert their individuality even as they combine into innovative new forms of expression.”

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    D. Michael Lindsay, award winning sociologist, educator and President of Gordon College:

    “Never before have global Christians had more resources and opportunities to be a force for good in the world. Sadly, we don’t leverage these resources or take advantage of these opportunities nearly as often as we should. The work of Mako Fujimura and the Fujimura institute is at the vanguard of inspiring Christians to not just participate in culture, but to join God in the important work of redeeming it for the common good.” – Michael Lindsay, Gordon College president and professor of sociology”

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    Andrew Nemr, tap dancer artist , recipient of  the Flo-Bert Award for Lifetime Achievement ,  co-founder of the Tap Legacy Foundation, Inc., TED Fellow and artist in residence for the Quarterly Arts Soiree :

    “With untold advances in technology and science in the past century there continues a general expectation that greater knowledge will provide for a more humane society. In truth it will be the courage to expose the sensitivities of the heart, to develop relationships based not on our survival instincts but rather on a desire to love, and to create work and spaces that point to these ideas, that will bring deep and lasting change to our global culture. Makoto Fujimura’s sensibility to these tenets are palpable.  His spirit to forge a path towards the changes necessary to develop a culture in which the caring for the other is a fundamental cornerstone should never be understated.”

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    Philip Yancey, author of “What’s So Amazing about Grace?” and “The Jesus I Never Knew

    “While achieving excellence in his own field, Makoto Fujimura has sacrificially devoted himself to nurturing artists of all media, especially those sensitive to culture care.  The novelist Walker Percy once said, ‘[In art] you are telling the reader or the listener or the viewer something he already knows but which he doesn’t quite know that he knows, so that in the action of communication he experiences a recognition, a feeling that he has been there before, a shock of recognition.’   Art communicates in a manner at once subtle and transformative.  Perhaps the mysterious power of art—its lasting worth as well as its echo of original Creation—can serve as a rumor of transcendence, thus suggesting some template of meaning that modern culture lacks.  This world bears the stamp of genius, the stain of ruin, and the hint of redeemability, and that triune intuition of faith offers such a template.”

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    Matt Heard, author of “Life with a Capital L: Embracing Your God-Given Humanity”

    “To use words from Thornton Wilder’s, ‘Our Town,’ Makoto Fujimura is a human being who genuinely ‘realizes life while he lives it.’  He contagiously cherishes an awareness of both the gift and calling embedded in our humanity.  For him to receive an award combining religion and the arts is profoundly appropriate because Makoto’s work, words, art and life all convey an understanding that the common ground of religion and art is indeed our humanness – and that an engagement with both our Creator and our creativity are colors that equally belong on the canvas of our culture.  His re-humanizing summons to culture-care fuels the redemptive yearning within each one of us for the world that ought to be.”

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    Andy Crouch, executive editor, Christianity Today and author, “Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling”  and “Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power”

    “In a utilitarian age, beauty is a rare and radical commitment. Beauty that fully engages with suffering is more rare and radical still. Makoto Fujimura’s work both as a painter and as a convener and leader is infused with quiet confidence that humankind has by no means exhausted the resources to recreate and renew our cultural inheritance. This is hopeful culture making at its best.”

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  • Welcome to the new Fujimura Institute website!

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    Welcome! Our new site is the one-stop platform for everything related to the Institute, including our new Resource section. Stay tuned to our homepage to hear about new events, gatherings, exhibitions, videos, and downloadable resources.

  • Peter Candler on Terrence Malick – Transcript Now Available

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    On July 25, 2013, Fujimura Institute hosted inaugural Institute Fellow Peter Candler, former professor of Theology at Baylor University and founder of the Theology Studio. He lectured on film auteur Terrence Malick as in his talk, “The Glory of Love’s New World: Terrence Malick’s American Pastoral.” Descriptive notes from Candler’s talk are now available. Especially if you missed the original event, check out the resource below to read what Candler thinks Malick’s films can teach us.

  • QU4RTETS Exhibition and Lecture Dates Announced!

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    We are pleased to announce the 2014 schedule for our QU4RTETS project. Our first QU4RTETS exhibition will be at Cairn University from March 1 to May 17, ending with the Hong Kong exhibition in the Fall.

    Each exhibition will offer an ongoing display of the the QU4RTETS works of Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman,  along with special events featuring the artists of the entire collaboration: Jeremie Begbie, Makoto Fujimura, Bruce Herman, and Christopher Theofanidis. We invite you to visit the event pages below for specific information on events and appearances., We look forward to seeing you there!

    Photo Courtesy Roanoke College

  • “On Becoming Generative” Now Available!

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    We are pleased to announce that a 25-page preview version On Becoming Generative: An Introduction to Culture Care by Makoto Fujimura is now available! Purchase the eBook from Amazon for $2.99  /  Purchase the printed booklet from the Store for $4.99  – all proceeds go to the Fujimura Institute. Alternately, you can download the eBook for free by clicking the Resource link below.

    In addition, Marly Youmans has written an inspiring response to Fujimura’s essay, entitled The Magician’s Card. Download it below!

  • GOLDEN SEA Documentary Film Screenings – April 2014

    April 12, 2014 – 7:30pm

    George Fox University - Bauman Auditorium
    Newberg OR

    A Conversation with Makoto Fujimura on “Faith, Art and Culture”
    Golden Sea Documentary Film Screening
    Artist Q & A | Book signing

    April 15, 2014 – 7:30pm

    Seattle Pacific University – Collegium
    Seattle WA

    Presentation | Lecture – Makoto Fujimura
    Golden Sea Documentary Film Screening
    Artist Q & A | Reception

    April 16, 2014 – 7:00pm
    Seattle University
    Seattle WA

    Presentation | Lecture – Makoto Fujimura
    Golden Sea Documentary Film Screening
    Artist Q & A | Reception

    May 4, 2014 – 4:00pm
    Golden Sea Documentary Film Screening
    Artist Q & A | Reception

    June 18, 2014 – 7:00pm
    Acton University