Date of Award

2000

Document Type

Thesis

Department

History

First Advisor

Dr. James Caudle

Second Advisor

Dr. Raouf Halaby

Third Advisor

Dr. Preban Vang

Abstract

The rigid rules of our traditional schools of artistic standards have been shattered. What our culture expects of artists and what artists expect of themselves has drastically changed. In this time of Postmodernism1 , any means an artist finds to express and to communicate is valid. There is no dominant school or style, no art Nazis dictating what must be the form to follow in our artistic expression.

My purpose is to take these new trends in art and to apply them to a long dormant voice in the arts, Christianity, and to see where artists who are Christian stand today. I have written forty-four artists from the Christian organization of artists known as Christians in the Visual Arts or CIVA. I have included a copy of the letter I sent which can be found in appendix I. From their responses I made observations and have looked for trends in regard to how these artists operate as Christians and in the influences of this postmodern time.

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