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Artist and Ecosystem / Spirituality, Looking, Flowers, and Making in the Garden: Virtual Artist Talk by Benedict Scheuer


Reredos of Summer / Watercolor, Crayon, and Oil Pastel on Paper / 2019

On October 1, 2020, Benedict Scheuer gave a virtual talk at United. Benedict is an interdisciplinary artist who views gardening and nature as the spiritual center of his practice. His work spans drawing, painting, sculpture, video, photography, performance, singing, and textiles. He values a non-prescriptive approach to engaging with his work, allowing color, texture, shapes, and narrative to engage with each viewer uniquely. Death, Love, Connection, Mindfulness, and Cyclicality are often warmly encountered.

Benedict received his MFA in visual art from the Ohio State University and holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Yale University. You can stay up to date on his work on Instagram and at his artist website here.

Benedict's work will be featured in an exhibit at United during the spring 2022 semester.


Dr. Jennifer Awes-Freeman

Jennifer Awes Freeman is assistant professor of arts and theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Before coming to United, she was a visiting assistant professor at the University of St Thomas for 2016-2018 as a postdoctoral fellow at the Louisville Institute. She recently completed her doctoral work at Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation, “Erasing God: Carolingians, Controversy, and the Ashburnham Pentateuch,” is a study of Trinitarian doctrine and images during the transition from Late Antiquity to the early Middle Ages. During the summer of 2016, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, for which she began a translation of Hrabanus Maurus’ In honorem sanctae crucis. Her research interests include images of divinity, iconoclasm, material culture, gender studies, the mutual influence of art and theology, and book culture in the digital humanities.

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