Cameron Anderson

The 500th Reformation Lecture Series Presents
Cameron Anderson
Executive. Director of Christians in the Visual Arts
April 3, 2017   7:00 PM
Weller Chapel

“Prone to Ponder: Reading Albrecht Durer’s Melancholia I”

 This title sounds a bit stuffy to me, but it turns out that Albrecht Durer and Martin Luther had a warm relationship. Nonetheless, Durer, the famous Northern Renaissance painter and printmaker, remained a devout Catholic throughout his life and created a great deal of Christian art. With these details as background, most of my lecture will focus on reading Durer’s well-known print, Melancholia I. And then, building on what we learn from this print, the remainder of the lecture will be devoted to reflections on the nature of the artist’s vocation in our contemporary world.

AndersonCameron Anderson became CIVA’s Executive Director in February 2009. He completed his M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and completed additional graduate study at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is an artist and writer and is married to Cynthia (C.K.) Anderson. They have two adult children, Jesse and Emille, and live in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to joining CIVA, Cam served on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 30 years, most recently as the National Director of the organization’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries. His book, The Faithful Artist: An Evangelical Vision for Art was published this fall by InterVarsity Press. Listen to Cameron Anderson share about the book below.

Personal Statement: “The tactile, the relational, and the incomplete are physical experiences that occur in the act of drawing. Drawing stands for a larger range of experiences, such as the way of writing that embraces editing and rewriting, or of playing music to explore again and again the puzzling qualities of a particular chord. The difficult and the incomplete should be positive events in our understanding; they should stimulate us as simulation and facile manipulation of complete objects cannot.”

About “The Faithful Artist: An Evangelical Vision for Art