Holiness and the Feminine Spirit, Paintings of Janet McKenzie

Holiness and the Feminine Spirit, Paintings of Janet McKenzie

October 4, 2010 | figurative painting | 1 Comment
Janet McKenzie

I am having a solo exhibition –
Holiness and the Feminine Spirit – The Paintings of Janet McKenzie
The Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, on now through January 2, 2011.

The exhibit features 13 paintings, including Jesus of the People, selected winner of the National Catholic Reporter’s competition for a new image of Jesus, by judge, Sister Wendy Beckett, of BBC fame. This painting was revealed as the winner on the Today Show, which brought enormous publicity, positive and negative, because this interpretation was dark and modeled from a woman. The exhibit was inspired by my recently published book, Holiness and the Feminine Spirit – the Art of Janet McKenzie, (Orbis Books, NY), featuring 28 paintings with reflections written by leading writers and theologians, including Ann Patchett, Helen Prejean and Elizabeth Johnson, among many other incredible women. The book won the 2010 First Place for Spirituality (hardcover) at the Catholic Press Association Awards, New Orleans, this past June.
Janet McKenzie
Paula writes – Congratulations Janet, and you can’t please all the people all the time so don’t let the negative stuff get you down.


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    Janet McKenzie

    October 4, 2010

    Thanks, Paula. Ultimately the hate I received in response to Jesus of the People, encouraged others to stand up for it.. everyone who believes, has a right to find their own beautiful images included in sacred art. The essence is the unseen and the art serves to drive within, to that which inherently connects us all beyond difference.


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