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The Grace Cathedral Artist in Residence (AIR) program was established in 2012 as a part of the cathedral's outreach in the city and the world. The AIR program is aligned with an annual theme that inspires the cathedral's offerings in worship, education, service and the arts; its engagement with the community; and its commitment to social justice.

We are proud to announce that we have chosen Elaine Buckholtz and Floor van de Velde as our 2015 Artists in Residence. They were selected from a short list of exemplary Bay Area artists who use technology in their work. Buckholtz utilizes video and light in relation to architecture and nature; van de Velde is an interdisciplinary artist who combines sculpture, sound, photography and light in a variety of formats.
Over the next several months, Buckholtz and van de Velde will create an integrative, immersive light and sound installation Field of Prayers, utilizing the cathedral's famous stained glass windows. Field of Prayers will connect the International Year of Light, a global initiative headed by the United Nations, with Grace Cathedral's theme for 2015, The Year of Technology.
During their residency, Buckholtz and van de Velde will be part of cathedral life, participating in The Forum, our stimulating conversation series, and other programming. Learn more about Elaine Buckholtz and Floor van de Velde.
All events will be presented at Grace Cathedral: 1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108.
Grace Cathedral’s 2015 Artist in Residence program is presented with major support from The Ghiberti Foundation.


In 2014, the Year of Sustainability, Oakland-based eco-chef, food justice activist and author Bryant Terry educated the community about how a more just, healthier food system supports healthy communities. He also delighted us with vegetarian menus and presentations as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. Learn more about Bryant Terry.


In 2013, the Year of Music, New York visual artist Anne Patterson produced multi-sensory evenings of visual art and music, collaborating with renowned cellist Joshua Roman and composer and conductor Paul Haas, and created a stunning, music-inspired aerial installation with 20 miles of ribbon, titled Graced with Light. View a film about Graced with Light by Three Bridges West, and learn more about Anne Patterson.


In 2012, the theme was Grace. Actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith became the cathedral's first Artist in Residence. The premiere of her work in progress, "On Grace," with accompaniment by cellist Joshua Roman, was presented over two nights in sold out performances. See a retrospective of her residency.


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