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R5: A Visual Arts Seminar and Studio in South Africa

Who can apply?

Professors of art in member colleges and universities of the CCCU and the Lilly Fellows National Network who are also working artists in a variety of media, such as painters, sculptors, weavers, potters, photographers, and other modes of visual artistry.

What qualities do we want to see in applicants?

  • Openness to new thinking, to being challenged, and to gaining new perspectives.
  • A clear sense of what one hopes to gain from a cross-cultural encounter.
  • Commitment to collaboration as a mode of creative work. 
  • Influence and credibility within the artistic community or at least the promise of becoming influential. 
  • Verbal communication skills, especially regarding art.
  • Commitment to follow-up work: via teaching, exhibits and other communications.
  • Plans by one's home college or university to support the project’s follow-up work.
  • One or two gifted writers on the arts to publish a creative essay on this project.


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May 31–June 15, 2013

Seminar Location

Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa

Seminar Leaders

Artistic Director
Rachel Smith
Taylor University

South African Artistic Coordinator
Charles Nkomo of Johannesburg

Group visits and dynamics
Robert and Alice Evans Plowshares Institute

Administrative director
Joel Carpenter
Calvin College

Application deadline

January 15, 2013
(North American candidates)

January 31, 2013 (Southern African candidates)


Donna Romanowski

Organized by the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity with the endorsement of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts

With major support from
Walter and Darlene Hansen
The Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship
John and Mary Loeks
The Joan L. and Robert C. Gilkison Family Foundation
The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts

Seminar Brochure