Biola to Launch Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts

Grant from Fieldstead and Company will establish new center next year

Dec. 4, 2012 By Jason Newell

Biola University has received a grant to establish a new Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts, a significant initiative that will host events, support artists and seek to promote rich thinking about faith and art.

The grant, awarded by Fieldstead and Company this fall, will help to launch the center during the 2013–14 school year and fund the center’s operations and activities for its first three years.

“The Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts will allow us to engage in a neglected but historically vital endeavor: thinking deeply about what it means to be Christians and a Christian institution in the midst of a culture that evinces both beauty and dissolution,” said David P. Nystrom, Biola’s provost and senior vice president.

“This new center will seek to celebrate the role and promise of the arts in understanding our world and in representing a version of truth and beauty to a world that stands in need of a reminder.”

As part of its mission to bring a deeper understanding of the arts and equip Christians to thoughtfully engage culture, the center will host:

  • A yearly arts symposium that brings artists and academics together from around the world for paper presentations, artist lectures, panel discussions and exhibitions
  • A regional art conference to enable artists to discuss their work, their artistic process and how they can influence culture
  • Summer workshops for faculty from other Christian colleges, giving Christian academics the chance to discuss how their own schools might contribute to culture through the arts
  • An annual artist-in-residence who will create new pieces, interact with students and supervise emerging artists. 

Fieldstead and Company, which is funding the center, was founded by Howard F. Ahmanson Jr., and his wife, Roberta Green Ahmanson, longtime Biola supporters who guided the university’s Year of the Arts in 2011–12. Roberta Ahmanson served as “visionary in residence” for the yearlong celebration, which included dozens of events, lectures and exhibitions centering around the theme of “Sanctuary and Sacred Space.”

The Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts is the second of three major academic centers that Biola has been planning to establish in recent years; the Biola University Center for Christian Thought opened in February 2012 and a new Center for Christianity, Society and Public Policy is currently in planning stages.

For more information, contact Jenna Bartlo, Media Relations Coordinator at or 562.777.4061.


  • WCW Dec. 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    What are the plans to raise the minimum endowment ($10MM) necessary to fund something like this?

  • Margaret Perrin Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    I have a Golden Anniversary 1908-1958 Bible Institute of Los Angeles Leather Bible with the dedication by the Chancelor and President mentioning relocation to La Mirada, Ca from it's present location in Los Angeles. This Bible is edited by Rev. C.I. Scofield, D.D. , copyright 1909 and renewed 1945 by Oxford University Press, NY. Is there an interest in this Bilbe? Thank you.

  • Brenda Velasco Dec. 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Margaret, if you want to donate it to Biola, we would be interested. We have a Heritage Room where it could be displayed. Call Jenna for mailing information.

  • Carrie (Hardin) Gage Dec. 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    I am a graduate in Art/Graphic Design, under Berry and Rodger in the early 90s. My husband and I will be moving to Europe this year. He is working with a tech team doing amazing innovative tech, while I am looking forward to using art as a bridge to the local culture. It would be fun to stay in touch with the art department. God bless you all. Our blog is:

  • Adediran Emmanuel Mar. 2, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I love the idea of bringing art back to the living God. I wil like study art for my masters after my degree in your school but currently i'm writing a project on Doxastic and Art. Please kindly send me any available info on the topic. God bless you.

  • Luther Oct. 16, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    A big thank you for your post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

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