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Rouault Symposium

September 23 @ 5:00 pmSeptember 24 @ 5:00 pm EDT


Georges Rouault (1871–1958) was unique among French modernist artists due to his Christian commitment and its influence on his work. The theological vision unveiled through his art is honest and complex, one that reflects the changing climate and tumultuous events of the early twentieth century. In doing so, Rouault showed the possibility of salvation and hope within the inexplicable suffering and mundane realities of human life. His close friend Jacques Maritain identified this as “the art of humanity redeemed.”

This symposium will gather teachers, pastors, artists, ministry leaders, and others to reflect on the theological vision of Georges Rouault and his ongoing impact. Prominent scholars and practitioners with expertise in theology, art history, philosophy, therapy, and community leadership will be offering papers and leading the discussion. Two of the speakers, Philippe and Caroline Rouault, great-grandchildren of George Rouault, will provide a personal introduction to his life, work, and family. In addition, several artists will present new work inspired by Rouault, which will both enrich our experience together and show the ongoing generativity of Rouault’s vision and style.

Register by September 9


Dr. William A. Dyrness

Dean Emeritus and Senior Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr. Thomas Hibbs

Professor of Philosophy and Dean Emeritus, Baylor University

Dr. Soo Yun Kang

Professor of Art History, Chicago State University

Joel Klepac

Artist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Centre College

Dr. James Romaine

Professor of Art, Lander University

Dr. Pamela Rossi-Keen

Executive Director of The Genesis Collective

Philippe Rouault

Great grandson of Georges Rouault

Caroline Rouault

Great granddaughter-in-law of Georges Rouault


(Artists will be announced as confirmed.)

Call for Artists


Friday, September 23

  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Reception
  • 7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Welcome
  • 7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Session 1
  • 8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Session 2

Saturday, September 24

  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Session 3
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session 4
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Session 5
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Session 6
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Session 7
  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session 8
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Closing

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary—Charlotte Campus

14542 Choate Circle Charlotte, NC 28273

Charlotte Campus


Early bird rates available through July 23.
Registration closes on September 9. Student and
faculty rates are also available.

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If you are traveling from outside of Charlotte, there are many options for accommodations surrounding the campus. We suggest Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn at Ayrsley, or Comfort Inn and TownPlace Suites at I-77 and Carowinds Blvd.

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We look forward to seeing you in Charlotte! If you have any questions about the symposium, please feel free to reach out.

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Wes Vander Lugt

Symposium Organizer and Adjunct
Professor of Practical Theology


September 23 @ 5:00 pm EDT
September 24 @ 5:00 pm EDT
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Charlotte Campus
14542 Choate Circle
Charlotte, NC 28273 United States
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