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.
AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit
Twenty-nine panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt are on display in the cathedral for the 30th anniversary of the NAMES Project, started in 1987 to celebrate the lives of those who died from AIDS.
This gripping exhibit featured the photographic works of the ten finalists from the Bethlehem-based Karimeh Abboud Competition, named after the first female Palestinian professional photographer. The photos explored the day-to-day lives of the people living in Palestine through the lenses of young photographers.
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.
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.
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.
Fields 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.
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.