Dr. Deborah Sokolove
Director and Professor, Visual Arts
Deborah Sokolove teaches courses in art and worship. She received her B.A. and M.F.A. from California State University at Los Angeles; the M.T.S. from Wesley Theological Seminary; and the Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. Before coming to Wesley as Artist-in-Residence in 1994, she taught art, design, and computer animation at the university level. Her book, Sanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation Between Artists, Theologians, and the Church was published in 2013; Calling on God: Inclusive Language Prayers for Three Years of Sundays, was published in 2014. She has contributed articles to ARTS, Image, Call to Worship, and Lectionary Homiletics; prayers for several Sundays in each volume of the Abingdon Worship Annuals since 2011; and for several books on religion and the arts as well as the “Art, Studio” entry in the Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. Her paintings have been shown locally and nationally, and are represented in numerous collections including two works in Oxnam Chapel: a set of Stations of the Cross, and Sanctus, which was created as part of the chapel renovation. Sokolove is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the North American Academy of Liturgy, Christians in the Visual Arts, and is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Religious and Theological Studies. She is a Steward of Seekers Church, an intentional Christian congregation in the tradition of Church of the Saviour, where she serves on the worship planning group and frequently preaches and leads worship.
DM-591 D.Min. Independent Study
RA 113 Art as Worship, Worship as Art
RA 120 Making it Real: Art, Symbol, and Ritual
RA 122 Picturing the Church: Two Millenia of Art and Architecture
RA 153 Art for God’s Sake: Art, Visual Culture, and Christian Understanding
Check out Deborah’s work here.