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Theology & Arts Symposium: Georges Rouault

September 23, 2022 at 5:00 pmSeptember 24, 2022 at 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 16


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


Christina Felten

Bryn Gillette

Helms Jarrell

Josh Jensen

Ryan Lauterio

Dave Reinhardt

Melanie Spinks

Derrell Young


Friday, September 23

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dinner & Reception

(Room 122)

7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.


Wes Vander Lugt, Sandra Bowden, Gerry Wheaton
(Room 219)

7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Session 1

Paper: Philippe and Caroline Rouault, “George Rouault: A Personal Introduction”

Artist: Melanie Spinks, Crown

8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Session 2

Paper: Pamela Rossi-Keen, “Art in Community: Rouault, Brueggemann, and Postindustrial Imagination”

Artist: Helms Jarrell, Beloved

Saturday, September 24

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Session 3

Paper: Thomas Hibbs, “Learning to See, Feel, and Say: Rouault’s Art as Propaedeutic to Theology

Artist: Christina Felten, How can we fix our eyes on what is unseen?

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 4

Paper: Joel Klepac, “The Healing Poetics of Georges Rouault”

Artist: Josh Jenson, To Carry Across

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 5

Paper: Soo Kang, “Blessed Are the Poor: Theology of Poverty in the Art of Rouault”

Artist: Bryn Gillette, St. Isidore

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Session 6

Paper: James Romaine, “Romare Bearden, Georges Rouault, and the Art of Empathy

Artist: Derrell Young, Paint the Mind

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Session 7

Paper: William Dyrness, “George Rouault and the Irony of Religious Responses to Modern Art”

Artist: Ryan Lauterio, Alphabet Soup

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Session 8

Paper: Wes Vander Lugt, “Resonating with Rouault”

Artist: Dave Reinhardt, Unrefined Impressions

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary—Charlotte Campus

14542 Choate Circle Charlotte, NC 28273

Charlotte Campus


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.


Registration closes on September 16. Student and
faculty rates are also available.

Register Today

Wes Vander Lugt

Symposium Organizer and Adjunct
Professor of Practical Theology

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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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September 23, 2022 at 5:00 pm EDT
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