Christians in the Visual Arts exists to explore and nurture the relationship between the VISUAL ARTS and the CHRISTIAN FAITH. Founded in 1979, CIVA first met to consider the place of the Christian artist in the church and in the world-at-large. The success of this initial gathering led CIVA to establish a vision for activities which are now making an impact in a variety of ways. There are exhibitions, supports for artists, publications, links and many other helps and tools
CIVA exists to encourage Christian in the Visual Arts to develop their callings to the highest professional level possible, to learn how to deal with specific issues in the field of art without compromising faith OR their standards of art, and to provide a place for sharing work and understanding in a spirit of trust. In short, CIVA. seeks to establish a co-operative relationship between the arts, the church and society, and to establish a Christian presence within the secular art world. Seen, the magazine publication of CIVA, is a thoughtful look at art, the church and culture.
Anyone who has heard me rant about art in the church knows that an organization like CIVA would be dear to my heart, and I have followed them and supported them for years. If you are interested in art and the church, this is an organization you should look into.