Victoria Emily Jones graduated from UNC–Chapel Hill in 2010 with a BA in journalism and English literature and a minor in music, and she has done some postgraduate coursework in worship and the arts at Regent College in Vancouver. Now she works as an editorial freelancer and pursues independent research on Christianity and the arts, with a special interest in modern and contemporary visual art that engages with biblical narratives and in religious art from non-Western cultures.
Since 2015, Victoria has served as assistant editor of ArtWay, a Netherlands-based web publication that encourages Christian engagement with high-quality visual art; in addition, she writes “visual meditations” for the site (see list below). She also serves on the board of the Eliot Society, a DC-based nonprofit inspired by the “culture care” movement, and as a consultant for the Visual Commentary on Scripture, an online biblical art project being developed by King’s College London. She enjoys teaching Christians about art and to that end has given talks at campus Christian fellowship meetings at Brown University and MIT and in 2017 led a six-week Sunday school course on the topic at her local church. She is a member of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA).
Based on the work she had done through her blog The Jesus Question (the precursor to Art & Theology), Victoria was selected in 2016 to participate with a small group of scholars and artists in the two-week Calvin College seminar “Bodies of Christ: Visualizing Jesus Then and Now,” led by Ed Blum, coauthor of The Color of Christ. Racialized representations of Christ remains one of her ongoing topics of inquiry.
- “Behold the Broken, the Bruised” (After Van Gogh by Rick Bartow), February 18, 2018
- “Our Sweet, Travailing Mother Christ” (The Birth of Ecclesia from a Bible moralisée), September 24, 2017
- “The Dark of Doubt Dispelled” (Day appears at last . . . and in the very disk of the sun shines face of Jesus Christ by Odilon Redon), March 26, 2017
- “Out of the Ashes” (Christ in Glory by Graham Sutherland), October 2, 2016
- “Hungry for Righteousness in Haiti” (The Tree of Life by Jacques-Richard Chery), May 22, 2016
- “Standing Together in Prayer” (Christ on the Mount of Olives from the Book of Kells), March 13, 2016
- “Resurrection with a Red Balloon” (Small Still Birth by Polly Morgan), February 7, 2016
- “Two Christ-like Saints” (Islip Screen by Nicholas Mynheer), December 6, 2015
- “Sewing Seeds of Hope in South Africa” (Keiskamma Altarpiece), October 4, 2015
- “And the Walls Came a-Tumblin’ Down” (Wailing Wall: Song for Quin by Steve Prince), August 9, 2015
- “The Crowning of Christ” (early Christian sarcophagus), April 5, 2015
- “The Yoruba Christ” (Annunciation, Flight to Egypt & Transfiguration by George Bandele), March 20, 2015
- “Jesus Christ, Our Sun-Face Savior” (The Face of Jesus by Don Froese), January 25, 2015
- “Kick at the Darkness till It Bleeds Daylight” (Jacob Wrestles the Angel by Arthur Sussman), January 13, 2013
- “Shouldering the ‘Yoke of Love’: The Shared Passion of Simon and Jesus in Stone and Verse,” Literary Life, July 1, 2018
- 7 Art Spotlights, GiftofLent.org (Anglican Church in North America), February 14–March 25, 2018
- “God the Plowman,” Literary Life, July 2, 2017
- “Featured Artist: Nicholas Mynheer,” Transpositions, May 31, 2017
- “Journey to the Cross: Artists Visualize Christ’s Passion,” International Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention), April 7, 2017
- “Victoria Emily Jones on Gazing as a Spiritual Practice,” Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, December 14, 2016