Category Archives: Webinar Events

November 2017 Webinar: “Creating contemporary liturgical bronze sculpture – a typical, unique method” by Jordan Wanner

Liturgical sculpture surrounds us in Christian worship spaces. I have not yet been to a parish that does not have at least one piece of sculpture, be it a stone or wood carving, fiberglass or sometimes even cast bronze. What is the process and technique to create a 3-dimensional artwork and then cast it in bronze? What are the elements that make a figurative sculpture unique and dynamic, not just a statue? What should a parish community anticipate and ask for when commissioning a bronze sculpture and what should the sculptor require of their client? Learn about what is involved in the creation of a commissioned bronze sculpture, from the beginning consultations thru the bronze casting process, finishing and installation!

About the presenter:

Jordan Wanner is a sculptor and the owner of Wanner Sculpture Studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jordan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Fine Arts class of 1998. He worked and collaborated with his father David Wanner, who was also a liturgical sculptor and the founder of what was Wanner Studios, in 1970. Jordan worked alongside his father until his passing earlier this year. Collectively, David and Jordan have worked on hundreds of projects across the United States and abroad. Jordan’s studio specializes in monumental cast bronze sculpture, cast bronze baptismal fonts as well as liturgical furnishings and fitments.

Please register for “Creating contemporary liturgical bronze sculpture; a typical, unique method” by Jordan Wanner on  Nov 21, 2017 1:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8944594547663213825

October 2017 Webinar – “Art for Prayer” by Carol Frenning

Description

The visual arts are connected in so many ways to our prayer life. Statues, windows, ritual objects…How do we make sense of it all?
• The earliest known Christian worship spaces have walls adorned with frescoes.
• The great variety of Marian images throughout the world gives testimony to the devotions and prayers of devout Christians.
• At Christmas children stare wide-eyed at the crèche in their parish church and the rest of the year puzzle at the pictures in the windows.
• Rosaries, vestments, icons and crucifixes are common to our visual memories and most are housed within our church walls.

Preparing spaces for the arts should be done in a thoughtful and considered way when we build or renovate our worship spaces. This webinar presents a framework for understanding the history, use and meaning of art in the life of the church at prayer.

About the presenter:

Carol Frenning is a liturgical design consultant who works with congregations throughout the country as they build or renovate their worship spaces. Trained as an art historian, her academic work is in the area of American religious architecture. She taught Sacred Architecture at the University of Saint Thomas and lectures at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. A graduate of the first class of the Institute for Liturgical Consultants at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Carol serves as a founder and president for the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space. She served as chair of the national advisory board for IFRAA-AIA and on the board of Faith and Form. She was on the national planning board for the Form/Reform conference. She served as the convener for the Visual Arts and the Liturgy Seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy and past chair of the Society of Architectural Historians Minnesota and past chair of the Art and Environment Committee for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 1:00 PM ET. Please register by clicking here.

September 2017 Webinar – LIGHT: Making the Immaterial Material in the Sacred Realm

Light is the single most powerful connection we have to the universe. Light not only brings life and warmth, but it also enables us to perceive the eccentric rolling of our planet. The profound use of daylight is possibly the most potent tool one has when designing a sacred space. Light is the key element of both the immaterial and material realm that helps one to capture a sense of the eternal in the built realm.

Through carefully looking at several seminal works of architecture, we will examine the critical role of daylight: how daylight is employed, the benefits and challenges of creating more light-sensitive architecture and why the use of light in each project is profound.

Learning objectives:
1. Define the aesthetic, environmental and psychological impacts of incorporating daylight into modern works of architecture.
2. Discuss and become familiar with powerful light-employing strategies from several seminal projects.
3. Analyze opportunities for incorporating daylight using powerful and memorable methods in new and adapted projects.
4. Confidently share with clients and users the positive and profound impact of incorporating daylight into architecture.

About the presenter:

Jack DeBartolo 3 FAIA is principal and design leader of debartolo architects, an award-winning, critical architectural practice based in Phoenix, AZ. DeBartolo holds degrees from The University of Arizona and MIT, where he received honors for his thesis focusing on the phenomenological qualities of light in the design of an urban sanctuary. In 1996, DeBartolo and father formed the studio of debartolo architects, where for over a decade they collaborated in making ‘significant’ architecture focused on the innovative use of common materials with simplicity and restraint. Now entering their twenty-first year of practice, working on several churches, private houses, adaptive reuse projects and several creative office spaces, the studio continues to gain national attention for the work.

Please register for LIGHT: Making the Immaterial Material in the Sacred Realm, by Jack DeBartolo 3 FAIA on Sep 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6039625451767918083

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

May Webinar – Staying True to the Journey: The Quest for a Liturgical Vernacular with John Buscemi

When immersed in the day to day decisions of our work, sometimes it is good to step apart, take a breath and reconnect to that original idea that first captured our imaginations. This webinar with John Buscemi hopes to do just that.

It will explore the uneven history of searching for the true vernacular which is the language, forms and artistic expression of a particular group or people. Celebrating the liturgy of the church in the vernacular is the mandate of Vatican II. It has been the consuming work of liturgists and artists before the Council and for the last fifty years. In the webinar we will look at the various pathways of this quest and the implications that animate our work as consultants, liturgists, architects and artist. Above all, to get a glimpse of where we are today. Our hope is that the participants will come away with renewed clarity and sense of purpose.

About the Presenter:
John Buscemi has been around forever, or so it seems. He was smitten early by the creative possibilities of the Second Vatican Council. Luckily, he was soon able to transition from felt and burlap banners to other liturgical art forms. Some would say he should have stuck with banners. John applauded the original 1978 document on Environment and Art in Catholic Worship. He was a founding member of the Form/Reform Conference, the liturgical consultant program at CTU, the Georgetown Center for Liturgy, Spirituality and the Arts as well the ACLS. As they say: “He knows where the bodies are buried.” Now, in retirement, he continues to be passionate about this work of a lifetime and the quest to find those intersections where liturgy, spirituality and the arts meet.

Please register for Staying True to the Journey: The Quest for a Liturgical Vernacular on May 16, 2017 1:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8336529429923261441

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

April Webinar – Designing Flexible Prayer & Worship Space for Single- & Multi-Faith Users

Please register for “Designing Flexible Prayer & Worship Spaces for Single- and Multi-Faith Users”, on Apr 18, 2017 1:00 PM EDT.

There are many times when a prayer or worship space must be designed to be flexible. It may be to allow for seasonal rearrangements of the space or it could be a multi-purpose space that must be completely reconfigured for a different use. There are also spaces that are used by more than one faith and need to accommodate the various rituals of those faiths in a comfortable environment that supports those rituals.

Interfaith chapel

Come join the members of the ACLS Communications Committee for a presentation of four case studies related to this topic. The case studies will range from spaces designed to predominantly serve Catholic liturgies to those designed to serve a wide variety of faith traditions. The presentations will be followed by a live panel discussion with the presenters and the attendees.

About the presenters:

Marilyn A. Morgan is the chair of the ACLS Communications Committee and has served as President and Vice President of ACLS in the past. A graduate of the Institute for Liturgical Consultants at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL, she has been a practicing Liturgical Design Consultant since 1996.

Paul Barribeau is a registered architect with the WI firm of Groth Design Group, Inc. In his work, Paul’s goal is to involve as many parish members as possible according to their individual capacity, while being respectful of parish traditions, the budget, and the identified programmatic needs.

Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. directs the Liturgical Space Consulting Service, a non-profit firm based at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He brings a professional background in Architectural Design and Liturgy to assist congregations plan for the future.

James Hundt, RA is the president of Foresight Architects in Schenectady, NY. His firm, which specializes in religious architecture, has worked with almost 100 different congregations of various faiths throughout the eastern United States. Jim is also a Past President of ACLS.

Please register using the link below:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/380895398607727874

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.