Common Ground Art Exhibit Stops at Seminary for Fourth Consecutive Year

Common Ground Art Exhibit Stops at Seminary for Fourth Consecutive Year

April 13, 2007

North American Baptist Seminary is pleased to host the Common Ground Traveling Juried Art Exhibition for the fourth consecutive year. The exhibit, Revelation: Beginning of Understanding, is being displayed at the Kaiser-Ramaker Library on the seminary's campus from April 5 - May 30, 2007. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Library Hours:
Mondays -Thursdays: 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (closed for chapel on Tuesdays from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.)
Fridays: 7:45 a. m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sundays: Closed

North American Baptist Seminary will also be hosting an artists' reception coinciding with the Common Ground Art exhibit. This reception will be held at NABS' Kaiser-Ramaker Library, 1525 S. Grange Avenue, in Sioux Falls on April 26th at 10:00 a.m. Several of the artists will be in attendance to discuss their work and the group's mission.

For more information, please contact the Kaiser-Ramaker Library at North American Baptist Seminary by calling 605.336.6588 or by e-mailing

About Revelation: Beginning of Understanding and Common Ground Common Ground is a group of area Christian artists who meet monthly to discuss and share art, create, and fellowship. Their traveling juried art show follows a different theme annually. The group then works together to create a body of art relating to the theme. This year's theme is Revelation: The Beginning of Understanding.

The following is taken from the show�s statement:
Ephesians 1.17 "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him."

A revelation, according to the dictionary, is a previously undiscovered truth made known. To reveal is to make understandable; to uncover; to unveil. The apostle John had a great revelation from God, which is recorded as the book of Revelation, in the New Testament. The bible is full of God's many revealing acts within the world. It is in these unveiling moments that the Holy Spirit gives insight into God's very nature and will for us, and the promises in Jesus Christ. These gifts of revelation are based in God's Holy Scripture. As God is revealed, we begin to understand.

The jury process is an integral part of the yearly showing. Each summer the show is juried by various local art/theology professionals to maintain the integrity of the artwork from both artistic and theological perspectives. This year's jurors were Dr. Philip Thompson, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Heritage at North American Baptist Seminary, and Nancy Olive, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Sioux Falls. Each work is juried on the basis of technical skill and composition, creative concept, written description and statement, and unity with the other pieces and theme as a body of work.