Visual and performance artists chosen for CFW’s Spring 2017 Artists-in-Residence

The Center for Faith & Work is pleased to announce our Spring 2017 Artists-In-Residence: visual artist Jerry Dienes and performance artist Lea Fulton.

The two artists were chosen from invited proposals that explored the idea of “The Unfinished Work.” The theme has inspired creative reflections on eschatological tension — the anticipation and hope for God’s coming kingdom inherent in our work — as an act of faith. Fulton’s work will explore “the unfinished work” through an immersive installation centered on the experience of forgiveness, where Dienes’ work will employ the trompe l’oeil painting technique to visually explore the theological territory of Tolkien’s famous short story “Leaf by Niggle.”

CFW’s artist-in-residence program has a two-pronged purpose: to support emerging and established local artists through the commissioning of new work, and to celebrate and contribute to the intrinsic value of the arts as a vital fabric of the city. Being devoted to the flourishing of all New York City, CFW is proud to offer selected resident artists the opportunity, resources, financing, and support to create works of art that contribute to New York’s rich and creative culture. A recent of example of this was former Artist-in-Residence Sasha Arutyunova whose CFW commissioned photographs were featured in the New York Times feature Capturing New York City, as It Awakens.

Jerry Dienes

Jerry Dienes has lived and worked in New York City since 1984. After initially training at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, Jerry came to NY both to pursue classical art education and gallery representation. He studied figure painting and drawing with Jacob Collins at The Water Street Atelier, as well as figure drawing with Dan Thompson, Michael Grimaldi, and Ephraim Rubenstein at the Art Student’s League. Most recently he has studied part-time with Justin Wood at the Grand Central Atelier in New York.

Jerry creates classical and realistic paintings of still life, portraits, landscapes, nudes, trompe l’oeils, interiors, religious narratives and murals. His religious paintings have been published in two books by Macmillan, Who Do You Say That I Am? and Blessed Art Thou Among Women, books about Jesus and Mary, respectively.

Lea Fulton

Lea Fulton recently enjoyed a long-term performance experience with Third Rail Projects in the immersive theater show, The Grand Paradise. She created her own immersive theater project for the 2008 Philly Fringe Festival with co-collaborator Ryan Ross. She is deeply interested in the intersection of performance and presence.

Teaching experience includes: movement coach for two upcoming narrative films with the director Benjamin Stamper, workshops in Community Building through Somatic Listening and a current endeavor teaching technique and composition with Alexandra Beller at DanceWave in Brooklyn. She has choreographed videos for the bands The Loom, Apollo Run, and electronic music artist Nadia Ali, as well as co-creating a dance film “Chloes” that was selected for the Dance on Camera Film Festival in 2010.

Currently, she is a part of the collaborative The Space We Make, a group of musicians, dancers and writers who make site-specific work, as well as a collaborator in Motley Dance and Alexandra Beller/Dances.

The works produced by Jerry Dienes and Lea Fulton will be shared with the Redeemer community in the coming months as they are completed.

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