Hillary Asbury
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  • Ventura, CA
  • United States
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Organization or Business Name
Hillary Asbury: Liturgical Artist
Contact Email
hillary.asbury@yahoo.com
Website
http://www.hillary.com
Art Interests
Art History, Arts Ministry, Arts Organization, Drawing, Education, Iconography, Illustration, Liturgical Design, Mixed Media, Painting, Theology, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
Whether we realize it or not, the visual arts are being used by churches everyday. If you were to walk into a Christian church of any sort, right now, there would more than likely be a cross hanging somewhere, if not at the focal point of the chapel or worship space. That cross is the result of an artist’s craft. From hand hammered brass to ceramic pieces created on a wheel, many of the communion chalices we encounter are beautiful works of art. These are vital pieces of the church’s function, of the divine service, and they are more often than not created to be visually pleasing, with rich meaning and symbolism. Altars, and even pews, are crafted with care and creativity. Banners fly proudly with symbols appropriate to the church season. Visual aids grace bulletin covers, PowerPoint presentations, and projections. Church logos are created by graphic design. The visual arts are already important to the Christian life, but we’ve been using this art passively. As the body of Christ, it is important that we be cognizant about what we do, that we think about how we use the resources and tools at our disposal. We need to be purposeful in all things. If we must be diligent about our stewardship, we must also be diligent in our stewardship of the arts.


This has become, and will continue to become, increasingly more important in today’s society. Our culture and daily communication are becoming more and more visual and it is vital that we keep up with these changing tides. Visual art is a unique and powerful means of communicating; it has the ability to be deeply moving for all who see it, regardless of age or level of literacy. It transcends language barriers and helps viewers create connections between complex ideas. It says that which may escape verbal description. It has historically been an invaluable tool for instructing centuries of church goers. It is time to return to the roots of sacred art, and to make use of every resource to which we have access.


We have a rich tradition of music in the Lutheran church. Composers, accompanists, organists, instrumentalists, vocalists, are dedicated to faithfully caring for the musical life of the church. They insure that our hymns are meaningful, beautiful, and faithful to scripture, that they speak the true word of God. Music is inextricably linked to our liturgy, to the divine service. In the same way that we have musicians who faithfully care for the musical life of the church, we need artists who care for the visual life of the church, to insure that it is meaningful to those who view it, aesthetically congruent with the church’s mission, and aids in the faithful proclamation of the word. If the church is going to continue to use visual means to communicate, it is vital that we do so with purpose. We must think about how we visually represent scripture. We must talk about how to stay faithful to the word while making use of our God-given creativity. The church can no longer afford to be passive with its use of art.
Accomplishments / CV
EDUCATION

• B.A. Studio Art: Painting, B.A. Performing Arts: Theatre, May 2014, Magna Cum Laude, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California
• Studio Art, October 2012-June 2013, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Florence, Italy
• Italian Language and Culture, August 2012-May 2013, California State University International Program Firenze, Florence, Italy

EMPLOYMENT

2013-present, Professional Freelance Artist

2015-present, Artist Instructor, The Painted Cabernet, Oxnard, California

2005-present, Colorist, Chris Martinez Art Studios, Ventura, California

2014-2015, Art and Art History Instructor, Better Together Homeschooling Co-op, Ventura, California

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Emerging Artist of the Month: Hillary Asbury, Vita Art Center, Ventura, California
2015 Intersection Between Art and Theology, Grace Lutheran Church, Ventura, California
2013 Stop Human Trafficking Awareness event, California State University Channel
Islands, Camarillo, California
2012 Italy or Bust, Private Studio, Ventura, California

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Empowerment: Works by Modern to Postmodern Women Artists, Vita Art Center, Ventura, California
2013 Gold Coast Concert Chorus Silent and Live Auction Fundraiser, Channel Islands
Yacht Club, Oxnard, CaliforniaGallery Row Art Walk, Dr. J’s Tea Elixirs, Los Angeles, California
EVENTO SPECIALE: Framing and Constructing Beauty, Centro di Cultura Contemponea Strozzina, Florence, Italy
Mondi Paralleli, California State University International Program Firenze, Florence, Italy
2012 Plus Ultra: I Grandi Viaggi, California State University International Program Firenze, Florence, Italy
Peace through Service: “End Polio Now” Charity Auction, Rotaract Firenze Nord, Florence, Italy
Daisy Love Unity Concert, Bible Fellowship Church, Ventura, California
2012 Annual Collegiate Competition, Harbor Village Gallery, Ventura, California
Art Light Theater, Various Public Buildings, Los Angeles, California
Ventura County Fair Professional Arts, Adah Callahan Art Center, Ventura, California
Exploring the Figure, Palm Gallery, Camarillo, California

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

2013, “Santa Croce”, Annual Art Walk, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California
2007, “Rhythmic Destination”, Streetscape Mural Project, Ventura, California

PERFORMANCES AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2015, Intersection Between Art and Theology, Artist’s Speech, Grace Lutheran Church, Ventura, California
2014, Member, Platform Party: Invited Speaker at Annual Commencement Ceremony, Delivered Welcome Speech in Italian, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California
2013, “Body Reflections”, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California

AWARDS

2016, Emerging Artist of the Month, Vita Art Center, Ventura, California
2016, Nominated Best West County Artist, Ventura County Star, Ventura, California
2014, Member Platform Party: Invited speaker at Annual Commencement Ceremony, delivered Welcome Speech in Italian, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California
2013-2014, Elected Student Representative, Academic Counsel for International Programs, California State University, Long Beach, California
2012, Elected Studio Art Student Representative, Student Advisory Board, California State University International Program Firenze, Florence, Italy
Mildred Hartung & Beatriz Nunez International Scholarship, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California

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