Is art relevant anymore? Must it be beautiful? Is its purpose to show the good? Can the ugly and grotesque be called art? And what is a woman’s role in art? Is she an artist, like any man, or does she perhaps perceive the world differently? If a woman creates in a unique way, then what is that way? And why would she?
When Pope Benedict XVI met with artists, he said that the world needed them to cultivate beauty, to open "the soul to the sense of the eternal." Beauty has the power to move the heart and stir the soul. It reminds us of the things of the spirit, giving hope and calling us to transcendence. As John Paul II wrote: "[B]eauty is to enthuse us for work, and work is to raise us up."
We WONDER, as women, how best to approach art in a culture obsessed with the grotesque. We wonder how to revitalize the beautiful in art. We wonder, in an age of information and technology, where art fits in as a way to move us towards transcendence. And we want to discover whether we have something unique to offer in the making of the beautiful.
Please join us as we pursue these questions at the 5th annual genuine.feminine conference at Ave Maria University: "Women and Art." Over the course of the day, we will hear from artists of all sorts--sculptors, film directors, authors, painters, philosophers and more.