Sandra Bowden's work was featured in The Signs of The Sacred – The Imprints of The Real: Twentieth-century Graphic Arts in the Contemporary Art Collection of the Vatican Museums, curated by Francesca Boschetti between December 10, 2019 and February 29, 2020.
“Anyone entering Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham is met by a display of original art in the “Gallery at Saint Christopher’s,” created in 2014 to utilize the hallways and staircases in the buildings. The gallery’s creator and curator of its changing exhibitions is a visual artist with an international reputation as a religious artist. Chatham resident Sandra Bowden is like an iceberg whose tip appears above the surface of the water, hiding an artistic presence most recently on display at the Vatican and in Barga, Italy.”
ArtWay. EU writeup for Sandra Bowden:
“Visual artist Sandra Bowden has been interpreting Scripture and her own spiritual walk through mixed media for more than forty years. She has been acclaimed as one of the most unique, impressive and inspiring Christian artists in America. Bowden’s work has been featured in books, magazines and gallery shows across the United States, Canada, Italy and Jerusalem.”
Read the Barga News coverage for Sandra Bowden – Reflecting the Glory at the Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art & Spirituality Villa Via Sacra, Barga, Italy
Comment by juror Linda Witte Henke, for first prize for Sola: Grace-Faith-Scripture at Good Shepherd Institute, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN November 5 2017 – January 31, 2018
Sandra Bowden makes art out of words about words. She links letters with letters in patterned text blocks, layers book page atop book page in collages, and even turns book bindings into sculpted forms, holding everything from icons to nails. At a time when post-modernist semioticians cast doubt on language as a bearer of meaning, this American artist of faith from New England celebrates words as the chosen medium of the Judeo-Christian God who speaks and can be understood. When Bowden deconstructs texts, she transforms them into visual mediations. They become artistic variations on the Christian devotional practice of lectio divina. Letters resonate with mystical meaning like the Hebrew alphabet of Kabbalah.
Visual Arts and the Church
In this episode, Sandra Bowden discusses the relationship between the artist, visual arts and the church. Sandra is an artist and painter from New York and is the past president of Christians in the Visual Arts. This interview was recorded at the Transforming Culture: A Vision for the Church and the Arts Symposium.
The total length of this episode is 9:29 minutes