From September 25 until November 28, 2010, Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum will have the privilege of housing two of the greatest masterpieces of modern religious art: Georges Rouault’s Miserere and Marc Chagall’s Bible series. The opportunity to exhibit these two remarkable collections is made possible by the generosity of the Mark Foster Foundation, which has established Fine Arts in the Academy to “advance the serious study of art, history, and Western civilization on America’s college campuses by putting students face-to-face with masterpieces of our own Western tradition.” Initiated in2009 as a response to the declining role of the fine arts in the liberal education of college students, Fine Arts in the Academy enables students to examine the cultural, moral, and spiritual foundations of Western civilization through direct participation in the art itself. Bruce Cole, president and CEO of the American Revolution Center at Valley Forge, art historian, and former director of NEH, has outlined the importance of such engagement with the arts: “In this age of uncertainty, we can draw from the humanities’ deep well of wisdom. For perspective, guidance, and even consolation, we can look to the arts and letters.... We cannot neglect the great democratic imperative: to give each succeeding generation a brighter light, a broader perspective, and an enriched legacy with which to face the future.”
You can read the entire press release here. However, if you want to find out more about visiting Baylor in order to view the exhibition as well as to attend community lectures and a symposium, go here.