From the very beginning, students at Providence have been involved in a wide variety of artistic endeavors. In Fall 2015, Providence was excited to announce the new Fine Arts concentration.
Art professor Bernard Chadwick states, “The new Fine Arts concentration at Providence is really exciting; it gives students an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in one of the creative capitals of the world. The concentration is designed to offer a wide variety of courses, from art history and philosophy of art to drawing, painting and studio art where students can explore in different mediums. Students have an opportunity to go to galleries and museums across Los Angeles and engage in critical dialogue about contemporary art from a Reformed perspective. Students in the concentration will develop their own original body of work while at Providence and will finish by creating a final exhibition of their work.”. In the Fine Arts concentration, students will have to the opportunity to learn the theoretical and historical underpinnings of fine arts in our culture. This concentration will also enable students to be able to develop their own artistic skills with concurrent hands-on training.
The art concentration is being spearheaded by Bernard Chadwick, who works locally as an artist and musician and has an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Chadwick serves as a worship leader at Grace Pasadena and also is in an indie rock band, Loud Forest, with his wife Rachel. A full-length album and music videos are to be released this spring for Loud Forest. Chadwick has also had two solo visual art exhibitions at Klowden-Mann Gallery in Culver City, Flatfoot 2015 and Synthesia 2012.
Chadwick uses video, performance, multimedia installation, sculpture, and painting to create work that relates to the visual and the auditory in a manner that stems from his ongoing practice as both a visual artist and musician. Chadwick states, “I do make paintings, but there are also times when my artwork is so closely related to my practice as a musician that it is hard to find distinctions between the two, in some cases the determining factor is simply the decision of whether the work will be shown in a gallery or be released through traditional channels for music distribution.”
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