Art and Exhibits

We believe that art connects people to the depths of their souls and to the divine, so  we foster the arts in many ways.  We have an Artist in Residence program. Our cathedral is a work of art that is filled with works of art. And we host art exhibits and programs at various times throughout the year.

Current Exhibits

Sky Steps

Internationally exhibiting artist Sukey Bryan, who specializes in large work inspired by the cycles and elements of nature, created this stunning installation for the cathedral’s Great Steps in celebration of Easter and Earth Day.

jacobsladderstillJacob’s Dream: A Luminous Path by our 2016 Artists in Residence.

Learn more about Jacob’s Dream.

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Recent Exhibits

Right, before I die

“Right, before I Die” is a life-affirming exhibit about death. Artist Andrew George has photographed and interviewed twenty seriously-ill people. The exhibit asks what death can teach us about life. The forthright images and insights create a space where viewers can confront tough questions about end-of-life care and compassion for the dying, and also be inspired to ask “Can we reimagine the twilight of our lives?” “Right, before I die” premiered at Musea Brugge in Belgium for a 10-month run, viewed by 70,000 visitors; after Grace, it moves to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

Jeremiah McWright 2016

Jeremiah McWright 2016

Letters to the Universe: Mapping the Story of the Human Journey

Letters to the Universe is a social art project inspired by the belief that every voice matters. Letters to the Universe, designed by artist and activist Kathi Joy and first  presented at Burning Man, invites participants to write a letter with the Universe in mind and to post it in a gorgeous winged mailbox. The cathedral hosted an installation of  Letters to the Universe in January/February 2106. The artist reported that 128 letters in five different languages were received during the installation at Grace and the leading theme of the letters, which tends to vary from venue to venue,  was petition: letter-writers asked the universe  for something for somebody else.

SP-fieldsofprayer-1Fields of Prayer

Fields of Prayer was an immersive light and sound art experience presented by the cathedral’s 2015 Artists in Residence. Learn more here.

Jeremiah McWright

Jeremiah McWright

Foster Youth Museum

The Foster Youth Museum is the largest collection of art, artifacts and video portraits about youth experiences in foster care. Conceived by current and former foster youth, the museum offers a unique opportunity to understand foster youth perspectives and is an intersection of art and advocacy. An installation of the Museum’s Lost Childhoods exhibit  in the cathedral in October/November 2015  was visited by 7,850 people.


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