Deborah Sokolove

Deborah Sokolove was born in 1947 and grew up in Los Angeles where she was “profoundly affected by both the visual and the spiritual texture of the mission churches” in that area. She holds multiple degrees, including a BA in art education and an MFA in fine arts computer imaging from California State University (Los Angeles), a MTS from Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC), and a PhD in liturgical studies from Drew University (Madison, NJ). In 1994, Sokolove became curator of the Dadian Gallery at Wesley Theological Seminary, where she also had served as both adjunct and associate faculty. In 2009, she was hired as director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion, also at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Sokolove has presented dozens of workshops and lectures on the relationship of art and religion at churches, colleges and institutions in nearly a dozen states. She has been a book review editor for ARTS: the Journal of the Society for the Arts and Religious and Theological Studies; has contributed regularly to Homily Service; and has had articles published in The Art Journal; Images and Issues; Liturgy; and Faith at Work magazines. Her art has been included in numerous group and juried exhibitions and featured in one-person exhibitions at Middletown UMC (Middletown, MD), McDaniel College (Westminster, MD), Garrett Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL), and Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA), among other locations. She has created liturgical art commissions for Seekers Church and the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, both in Washington, D.C.; Oxnam Chapel at Wesley Theological Seminary; and Connelly Chapel of the Holy Wisdom at Washington (D.C.) Theological Union. In 2009, Sokolove presented the Gerhard Marcks Lecture in Art History at Luther College.

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