Art has the ability to inspire, provoke, and showcase endless creativity. While only a handful of artists find their work displayed in galleries and museums, the imagination needed to fashion that art, from sculpture and brushstrokes to photography and video, is present in us all and in the communities and societies we create.
In 2009, The Jewish Theological Seminary, which has long observed and spotlighted the role played by Judaism and the Jewish people in the arts, launched the JTS Artist-in-Residence Program as part of an ongoing effort to bring a greater awareness of art to the JTS community. The program is sponsored by Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen, the Office of Student Life, and the Master's Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture. Dr. Vivian Mann, director of the master's program, says, "The Artist-in Residence Program promotes a sense of community among the faculty, students, and administrators who attend."
The program is led by renowned artist Tobi Kahn, the first artist-in-residence at JTS. Kahn is a painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in more than forty solo exhibitions and sixty museum and groups shows, and is part of many major museum, corporate, and private collections. His work was also part of the recent exhibition, Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life, at The Jewish Museum. For twenty-eight years, he has taught fine arts workshops and designed art curricula for several New York high schools.
Now on display in The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, through December 2010, the work from the Artist-in-Residence program is presented in "Volumes," an exhibit of photography, sculpture, drawings, paintings, and more by JTS students, faculty, and staff.
Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen discusses the importance of the JTS Artist-in-Residence Program:
See a video of Tobi Kahn introducing "Volumes," view our slideshows of recent projects by Artist-in-Residence participants, and see the exhibit itself below.