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Sacred: Image, Text, Ritual

January 15th @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Exploring sacred art through five major religions—Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism—is the focus of the newest exhibition at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery at Lebanon Valley College. The exhibit Sacred: Image, Text, Ritual runs from Jan. 19–Mar. 18.

An array of objects, such as gold Jewish Torah finials, ancient Buddhist Gandharan sculpture, a Christian Russian Hodigitria icon, an Islamic 17th century leaf of the Koran, and a 10th–11th century Hindu stele representing Vishnu, are some of the items included. This variety of work representing themes of image, text, and ritual provides a lens with which to explore these unique traditions and the ways in which they intersect.

An LVC Student/Faculty Research Grant was awarded in 2016 for the preparation and production of a museum quality exhibit and its accompanying catalog. This project was conceived and curated by Dr. Matthew Sayers, LVC assistant professor of religion, and Dr. Barbara McNulty, director of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery. Four students, art & visual culture majors Sarah Johnson ’18 and Audrey Reiley ’18 and religion majors Victoria Bubacz ’18 and Christine E. Hallman ’17 undertook the research for the accompanying catalog and museum labels.

The opening reception for Sacred: Image, Text, Ritual is Friday, Jan. 26 from 5–7 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall in the Gallery, and is free and open to the public. The evening will include a performance by Rasika School of Dance featuring the Hindu mythology Pushpanjali dance also known as offering of the flowers.

Additional events related to the exhibit are below:

Thursday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall
Artist Talk: Susan Leviton lecture and performance on Yiddish and Contemporary art

Thursday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall
Lecture: Muslim Prayer with Mohammad Omar, affiliate Muslim chaplain for LVC

Thursday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall
Lecture: Desire and Devotion: The Living Images of Buddhism and Hinduism
Dr. Justin McDaniel, professor of religious studies and undergraduate studies chair at the University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, March 13–Friday, March 16 | Synodinos Commons, Clyde A. Lynch ’18 Memorial Hall
Performance: The Sacred Arts Tour Sand Mandala
Sand Mandala created by 8 Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery, Southern India

Thursday, March 15, 5 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall
Lecture: Mount Sinai and the Monastery of St. Catherine: Intersections of Pilgrimage and Faith
Dr. Kristine Larison, independent scholar


The Gallery hours are Wednesday, 5–8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 1–4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and by appointment for groups. Please contact the Gallery at 717-867-6445 or gallery@lvc.edu to arrange a private Gallery talk for your school or organization.



January 15th
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery
[1-28] West Church Street
Annville, PA 17003 United States
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