A THREE-WEEK RESIDENCY SEMINAR AND WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS, ARTISTS, TEACHERS, AND GRADUATE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ART, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY IN ORVIETO, ITALY.
Graduate Seminar Leader & Program Director
Rebekah Smick is Associate Professor of Philosophy of the Arts and Culture at the Institute for Christian Studies, an affiliate of the Toronto School of Theology. Her publications include a book on the Western survival of classical culture, and book chapters on Italian art criticism and theory. She is a contributor to the book accompanying the 2016/17 Art Gallery of Ontario/Musée D'Orsay exhibition Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and More.
Artists' Workshop Leader
A graduate of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, David Holt has special interests in Italian art and world religions. He has had many exhibitions in the USA and Canada, a painting grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and a residency at the Ragdale Foundation. A former long-time Professor of Art at Marymount College, Tarrytown (later of Fordham University), he now teaches art at Upper Canada College. He is a member of Loop Gallery, an artists’ collective in Toronto.
Thomas McIntire is Professor of History and Religion in the University of Toronto and Fellow of Victoria College, Toronto. Among his publications are a book and articles on religion in Rome, Umbria, Marches, and Romagna. His current work is in World Christianity.
Writers' Workshop Leader
John Terpstra’s ten books of poetry, five works of creative non-fiction, and two books of prayers have won the CBC Radio Literary Competition as well as numerous Hamilton Literary Awards, and have been short-listed for the Governor-General’s Award, the Charles Taylor Prize, the BC Award for Canadian Non-fiction and the Raymond Souster Award. He has served as Writer-in-Residence at McMaster University and Hillfield-Strathallan College. He divides his time between writing and his chosen trade, which is woodworking.