Curatorial Statement

September 6-September 25, 2013

“CONGREGATE art + faith + community” is an exhibition and series of programs that creates shared experiences for faith-based congregations and artistic communities within the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Curated by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Curatorial Practice MFA class of 2014, CONGREGATE establishes artist residencies within five places of worship and offers public programs in which members of each congregation can collaborate creatively. “CONGREGATE” creates a space in which artists and congregants can come together to develop a better understanding of one another—and allows spiritual sites to become active parts of the Station North arts community.

Beginning in the spring of 2013, participating local and regional artists met with representatives of Station North places of worship to plan the creation of new works of art. The resulting sculptures, installations, and participatory works are informed by three months of engagement between the artists and congregations.

On September 6, 2013, an exhibition featuring all of these artworks will open at the Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries at the MICA Studio Center. This show will also feature extensive audio, video, and photographic documentation detailing the relationships formed between artists and congregants. The show will remain on view through September 25.

“CONGREGATE” aims to help audiences investigate if there really is a disparity between contemporary artistic practices and communities of faith. “CONGREGATE” will initiate dialogue, open doorways, and create welcoming spaces, thereby contributing to a more inclusive arts district. In this project, different communities with different ideologies, relationships, and practices have an opportunity to connect and develop a better understanding of one another.


We invite you to the opening of “CONGREGATE art + faith + community” on September 6, 2013 from 5pm-7pm.



Come celebrate the partnerships developed during the life of “CONGREGATE art + faith + community” through choir performances by musicians from the congregations on September 25, 2013 from 6pm-8pm! Free “CONGREGATE” exhibition catalogs will be available for all attendees!

CONGREGATE Wrap Party and Catalog Launch