Studio 1481 Denver, Colo.

The Faithful Artist

Thursday, Sep. 26 6:30 p.m.



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Artists inspire us to experience life in new ways. Through their paintings, poetry, music, and film, artists imagine new worlds and encourage change.

But the work of an artist can be lonely and frustrating. Their curiosity leads them to ask difficult questions and challenge the status quo. Many feel misunderstood and isolated as they pursue their craft, especially from their faith communities. The challenge of earning a living from their work has never been greater, and the pressure to exhibit, perform, or sell can kill creativity. 

Sometimes, being an artist can feel like a grind. But what if you could sense God’s pleasure in your creative process? What if your artistic gifts could convey God’s goodness, beauty, and truth to the broader world?

Join Denver Institute for Faith & Work and a community of creatives for an evening with leading Christian artists: Cameron Anderson, author of The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts and former director of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA); and producer Erik Lokkesmoe, whose film work includes Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Free Solo, The Tree of Life, and many others.

Together we’ll explore questions such as:

What does it look like to be a Christian artist, especially when your work isn’t overtly religious?

How can artists balance the desire to create with the pressure to earn a living through their work?

How can you pursue a “middle space” that allows you to bring faith-driven creativity to the general market?

Please join us for an evening of connection and conversation on Thursday, September 26th, at Studio 1481 in Denver for The Faithful Artist!

The event will include a juried exhibit of work from local artists. For details about the submission process, please contact Matthew Langford.


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Cameron Anderson

Author, Artist

Cam serves as executive director of Upper House, a center for Christian study at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Prior to joining Upper House, he served a ten-year term as the Executive Director of CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts. Cam holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and has completed post-graduate coursework in Art History and Aesthetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lectures frequently on the arts, media, advertising, and contemporary culture and is author of The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts. In his spare time, Cam continues his artistic practice, exhibiting and installing work nationwide.

Erik Lokkesmoe

Executive Producer & Distributor

Erik is the owner of Aspiration Entertainment, a Nashville-based film marketing and distribution company, and has helped support critically-acclaimed films including: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Selma, Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, Lion, Amazing Grace, and Martin Scorcese’s Silence.  He began his career in Washington, D.C. politics where he served as a congressional press secretary, U.S. Senate campaign communications director, political communications advisor at the National Association of Broadcasters, speechwriter in the George W. Bush Administration, and head of communications for the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In 2006, the Anschutz Film Group & Walden Media tapped Erik to be the project manager for the movie Amazing Grace, a political thriller chronicling the heroic story of 18th-century abolitionist William Wilberforce. Expanding into distribution and executive producing, Erik and four investors created Aspiration Entertainment in 2014. In addition to the films mentioned above, Erik has had a hand in marketing Beasts of the Southern Wild, Secretariat, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and Fury. Erik is the author and co-author of three books, including his most recent, Different Drummer: Bold Thinking for the Rebellious Creative.

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Faith and the arts have a complicated relationship. While the historic Church often served as patrons for painters, musicians, and sculptors, artists today often feel alienated from faith communities. How can artists integrate their faith and work, even when their work isn’t explicitly “Christian?”

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