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BIO

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 visual art that engages with biblical narratives, especially from the twentieth century onward and/or from non-Western cultures.

Since 2015, Victoria has served as assistant editor of ArtWay, a Netherlands-based web publication that encourages Christian engagement with historical and contemporary 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 curator for The Daily Prayer Project, which publishes cross-cultural liturgies, music, and art for the Christian year. She is a member of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) and a contributor to the Visual Commentary on Scripture, an online biblical art project led by King’s College London.

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.

PUBLICATIONS

ArtWay.eu:

TALKS

  • “Saying Yes: The Annunciation in Contemporary Art,” The Breath and the Clay creative arts conference, March 18, 2021
  • “Seeing the Story: Visual Art for the Liturgical Year,” North Decatur Presbyterian Church, North Decatur, Georgia, September 15, 2019
  • “The Crucifixion in Global Art,” Christian Union, Brown University, April 13, 2017
  • “Art and the Church: Seeing the Sacred in Global Christian Art” (six-week Sunday School course), City of Hope Presbyterian Church, Columbia, Maryland, Spring 2017. Lesson titles:
    • “My Journey into Art: Navigating the Church’s History of Image Making and Breaking”
    • “A Brief History of Christian Art, ca. 200–1700: Masterworks of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Baroque Eras”
    • “The Crucifixion in Modern and Contemporary Art”
    • “Red and Yellow, Black and White: Racial and Cultural Identities in Images of Christ”
    • “Sanctified Seeing: Developing a Practical Protestant Theology of Images”

INTERVIEWS