UPDATE: Richard S. Vosko to Keynote General Seminary's Day on Church Art and Architecture

UPDATE: Online registration is now open at churchart.eventbrite.com. On Tuesday, February 28, 2012 The General Theological Seminary (GTS) will offer A Space for Common Prayer, a daylong event on church art and architecture led by one of the country’s leading sacred space planners, Richard S. Vosko, Ph. D., Hon. AIA. Participants will gather at 9 a.m. for a keynote talk by General’s Associate Dean and liturgical scholar, the Rev. Canon Patrick Malloy. Following an open discussion, a second keynote will be delivered by Dr. Vosko. The afternoon session features two workshops and a case study on church architecture. The day concludes at 4 pm with Evening Prayer. Continuing education credits are available for both architects and church leaders. The study day will be held at the Seminary’s Desmond Tutu Center, itself a modern repurposing of a number of 19th century buildings. The fee for the study day is $150 and includes lunch in the Tutu Center’s historic Hoffman Refectory which has been called one of the most beautiful rooms in Manhattan. To register please got to churchart.eventbrite.com.

In articulating the questions that will be addressed, Richard Vosko writes, “At a time when some mainline religions appear to be struggling to fill their pews independent, non-denominational churches are attracting members. These new churches bear little resemblance to traditional forms of architecture and there is little if any familiar sacred art inside. What is going on? Is there room for a tradition like the Episcopal Church to design and building beautiful places for worship? Is there still a desire for art and furnishings that will ‘stand the test of time’ and function well for the liturgy? What are the new directions in the field of religious art and architecture that are worthy of our investigation?”

Richard S. Vosko, Ph.D., Hon. AIA, is one of the nation’s leading consultants on church architecture and liturgical design having completed 120 building projects including Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral (Los Angeles) and Central Synagogue (New York City). A highly sought-after workshop leader and consultant, he has over 500 lectures and consultations to his credit. This spring in Denver he will keynote a national conference for the Deans of all Episcopal cathedrals. Dr. Vosko, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, earned his Ph.D. and M.F.A. from Syracuse University, his M.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.Div. from Christ the King Seminary.

“Having Richard Vosko join us for an event on this timely topic represents an exciting opportunity for church leaders and architects alike,” said Associate Dean Malloy. “We encourage everyone who has an interest in the new and energizing directions in church architecture to join us.”


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