Making Good[s]: An Exhibit About Art & Entrepreneurship
The Office of Faith, Work and Economics (OFWE) presents the Making Good[s] art exhibit March 3-April 1 in the B.L. Fisher Library. This traveling exhibit depicts the creative connection between artists and entrepreneurs, celebrates the dignity of humanity, provides space for worship and offers hope to the community.
Keith Barker, Chair of the Art Department at Asbury University and curator of the exhibit, matched six artists with six entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs either participated in OFWE’s Small Business Incubator or were The Asbury Project Winners. Each artist’s unique style complements each entrepreneur’s business concept.
“Both artists and entrepreneurs share these potential characteristics of making things and linking the creative act to making a good world,” Dr. Ruth Anne Reese, Professor of New Testament and member of the OFWE Advisory Committee, said. “Yet seldom are these two groups afforded opportunities to reflect on their shared work of creating good(s) that bring physical, spiritual and economic flourishing into our world.”
For example, Seth Neckers, Asbury Seminary graduate, and his wife Chassity, started Eggs by Neckers to combine their faith with their business. Their goal is to raise free-range chickens that produce antibiotic-free eggs in order to provide their community with high quality food.
“We believe that following Christ is not just spiritual, but transforms the entirety of our lives,” Seth said. “This leads us to treat both our physical bodies and the world around us with respect and honor as we seek to build for Christ’s kingdom in this world.”
Artist Marianne Lettieri, member of the CIVA board of the directors and team leader of Doing Good Well, uses commonplace objects that humans leave behind in her art. Her mixed media pieces explore the shifts in individual and cultural values associated with these objects. Several of her creations use egg shells to depict the Neckers’ business.
Each piece on display shares a similar theme, with the artist using a medium that specifically relates to the business depicted. Other entrepreneurs work in Wilmore, West Africa, Southwest America and Korea.
A reception will be help March 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the B.L. Fisher Library to celebrate their work.
The Office of Faith, Work, and Economics at Asbury Seminary specifically explores business ethics, biblical views on wealth, poverty and the church, social entrepreneurship, and the theology of vocation. The office provides resources to leaders that will encourage them to mobilize congregations and communities in the integration of faith with work and economics.