American Association of Iconographers
n. any group of people who have joined together for a particular purpose, ranging from social to business, and usually meant to be a continuing organization. It can be formal, with rules and/or by-laws, membership requirements and other trappings of an organization, or it can be a collection of people without structure. An association is not a legally-established corporation or a partnership.
“Americans are citizens of the United States of America. The country is home to people of many different national origins. As a result, Americans do not equate their nationality with ethnicity, but with citizenship and allegiance “. Wikipedia
Inspired by the British Association of Iconographers in London, I am attempting to create a similar supportive community of sacred artists of different denominational Christian faiths who reflect on the process of Icon creation together. A quote from the BAI Review:
“We feel there is a risk that people practicing this art form might feel isolated in their work. We offer the association as a means of maintaining contact between members and of providing them with support in their work and their devotions.”
In time, I hope to have a yearly exhibition of a wide collection of Iconographers and offer substantive study days once twice a year. This work needs the help of others who have a desire to contribute time, prayer, and energy to its maintenance. Please contact me with any thoughts or suggestions.
But for me, when I first encountered Icons at a beautiful convent in France, I knew that I had discovered a powerful visual language that could communicate all that I yearned to do as an artist. I set out to learn all that I could, studying with Olga Polkhine, Vladislav Andrev, the Nuns of New Skete, Peter Murphy, and reading countless books.
After a trip to Russia to see the Icons, I realized that the absence of a structured system of Iconography schools provides a possibility of community amongst the unique and varied expressions of contemporary spirituality in Europe and America today. In accordance with Byzantine spirituality, liturgy and thought, Iconographic languages affirm the possibility of communion with God and the development of fellowship and shared common goals.
As time goes on, I hope to gather resources that will greatly aid the development of an American Community of Iconographers in close association with the international developments in Iconography.
Please share your ideas and suggestions- and happy Icon writing!
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