Are we there yet

June 13-16, 2019
Bethel University
St. Paul, MN

In celebration of CIVA’s 40th anniversary, for the 2019 biennial conference we return to our geographical roots at Bethel University. ARE WE THERE YET is more than a catchy title. It’s a chance to celebrate our history together and to convene artists, collectors, ministers, and teachers as we look to CIVA’s future.

We’re excited to recall how far the art and faith conversation has come, while providing a platform to a new generation of Christians in the Visual Arts. We believe that the work started 40 years ago by a group of artists committed to exploring and encouraging conversations at the junction of serious art and serious faith has just begun. Where to next?


Serious Art. Serious Faith.

CIVA exists to further both of these pursuits, and its mission is best expressed in three primary and long standing commitments:

Called to Creative Work

Artists create culture. They have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hands to make. The genius of Christian community is that all who belong are invited to participate, invited to bring their skills and their passions to contribute to the greater good. As men and women bear God’s image by all kinds of creative expression, CIVA equips those called to the visual arts to flourish in their holy vocation and to pursue it with excellence.

Devoted to the Church

The visual arts help the Church to rehearse and remember the biblical story. The visual arts help congregations worship more deeply. The visual arts help Christian communities build a bridge to the non-believing world. The visual arts deepen times of personal devotion and prayer. As the Church awakens to its need for art and the artists who make it, CIVA deploys its expertise and resources to help the Church embrace the visual arts and bring work of quality and substance into its centers of worship and learning.

Present in Culture

Culture is that place where we “live and move and have our being,” that place where, each day and in every way, God’s people either magnify the presence of God’s Kingdom or diminish it. As the world needs the salt, light, and leaven of those who follow Jesus, CIVA cultivates an incarnational presence in contemporary culture that is marked by serious art, learning and practice, intellectual rigor, prophetic voice, serious pursuit of faith, and a spirit of hospitality.Together, we hope to embrace the discomfort of working within the tension of work unfinished.