Art, Truth, and Beauty

The Church of the Transfiguration bears the imprint of artists whose experience and skills are imprinted on the vision they helped translate into reality. From design concept to completed installations, the artists worked closely with the Liturgy Committee, forging a creative convergence respecting both the artist and the plan.

The artists had to understand the spiritual implications and dimensions of the images they were depicting, both as instruments of teaching and as expressions of the Community’s faith and life. They had to know the canons of liturgical art and know what was needed for liturgy and congregational participation.

They had to be master artists, creating their art with the most authentic materials and with superb craftsmanship. They had to follow the iconographic program outlined in the master plan, and they had to be willing to teach and train Community members their specialized skills and collaborate with other artists to achieve a richly integrated iconographic program that included stone, bronze, glass, mosaic, and fresco.

More than two dozen members of the Community of Jesus worked alongside the professional artists, studying with the masters and growing in depth and breadth of their artistic understanding and expression. Guilds in the media of fresco, mosaic, stone carving and organ building were formed to assist with fabrication and collaboration. Community members also collaborated with the professional artists, creating the designs and drawings for some of the art in the church, specifically the column capitals in the church, atrium, and cloister; the exterior lintel; and the design and drawings for the sanctuary floor mosaic, to name a few.