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Beauty, Matter and the Sacred: An Interactive Conversation with Aidan Hart

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Online Event


Aidan Hart

Aidan Hart

Iconographer and Author

Margarita Mooney Clayton, Ph.D.

Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and Executive Director

Scala Foundation

Event Overview

The Scala Foundation is pleased to invite you to attend an exclusive, interactive discussion with Aidan Hart on Beauty, Matter and the Sacred on December 6 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET. In this conversation, participants will be able to interact with one of today’s leading iconographers who is also the author of numerous books and essays on sacred art and sacred time. As a skilled teacher of iconography, Hart believes that the most important component of sacred art is the desire to give glory to God through the use of natural ability and mastery of the necessary skills.

How can all of us—whether we have technical skills in art or not—grow in our appreciation of how art gives glory to God? As we enter into the Advent season, we will ponder questions such as: Why are material things important to mark the calendar of church seasons and feasts? What makes icons any different than other images—religious or secular—that compete for our attention?  How can we wisely use images in our schools, families and homes to mark sacred time? For those desiring to learn the great traditions of sacred art, how is artistic creativity related to personal prayer and communal worship?

The Scala Foundation’s mission is to restore meaning and purpose to American culture through beauty, liberal arts education and religion. Hart will be a keynote speaker at Scala’s April 21-22, 2023 conference, where he will speak on “Liturgical Art as Prophecy and Priesthood: Sacred Art and the Restoration of Human Dignity.” This conversation will give Scala’s community of artists, students, teachers, scholars, and life-long learners the opportunity to hear about Hart’s personal journey of faith, his training as an artist, and his vision for how to transform culture through sacred art.

This conversational event for a limited, interactive audience will take place over Zoom on Tuesday, December 6 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET. You can RSVP by emailing info@scalafoundation.org, after which a Zoom link will be sent to you.

We hope to see you there. Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting the email address above.