Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will host acclaimed artist and writer Makoto Fujimura on Monday, January 14, at 1:30 pm in the newly built Baugh Center for the Visual Arts. The event is part of a series called C3: Conversations about Christianity + Culture that hosts discussions with notable figures from across the country on issues related to Christianity and culture.
A presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. His work is exhibited at galleries around the world, including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Gallery Exit and Oxford House at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, and Vienna’s Belvedere Museum. He is one of the first artists to paint live on stage at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall as part of an ongoing collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra.
In 2011, the Fujimura Institute was established and launched the Four Qua4tets, a collaboration between Fujimura, painter Bruce Herman, Duke theologian/pianist Jeremy Begbie, and Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, based on T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. The exhibition will travel to Baylor, Duke, and Yale Universities, Gordon College and other institutions around the globe.
Fujimura will begin the event with remarks about Qua4tets and the role of art among faith communities, followed by a Q&A moderated by C3 Director and Music Department Chair, Dr. Mark Aaron Humphrey. Admission is free and open to the public.