New Testament Images by Kirsten Malcolm Berry

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Kirsten Malcolm Berry

Artist's Statement

My work is drawn from the images of the New Testament. Integrated into each painting is the verse on which it is based, written in Greek. The Greek links viewers to the original form of the text and its unfamiliar script hints at God's global grace to "every tribe and language."

The configurations of repeated shapes reflect the influence of several indigenous art forms. The daughter of Presbyterian missionaries, I grew up in the Philippines and was exposed to the decorative use of patterns on Filipino and other Southeast Asian fabrics and basketry. Geometric woolen tapestries of my Scandinavian heritage have also affected my sense of design, as have Native American weaving, Hmong reverse appliqué, traditional quilts, and Byzantine mosaics.

The exercise of faith is difficult for those of us who long for perceptible signs of God’s presence. I paint the images of the Bible to help me translate the abstract into the tangible. Through pictures I grasp that the Word indeed became flesh, and in resurrection power is present even now in the Comforter. And is that not him behind the glimmers of new creation we see each day?

Technical Information
I begin each image in pencil on cotton rag paper. With a small brush, I follow with watercolors, using pigments mixed to a thicker consistency than is typical for most watercolorists. After applying all the color, I erase the pencil lines. Forty to fifty hours are spent on each painting. The framed size of each piece is 26” x 26”; actual image size is 16” x 16”.


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Education
B.A., Major in Art, Bethel College (now Bethel University), St. Paul, MN, 1974-78
Additional coursework in Drawing, Painting, Watercolor: University of Minnesota, 1978-80 and University of Iowa, 1981-82

Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions
Pax Christi Catholic Church, Eden Prairie, MN, Oct. 20 - Nov. 8, 2017
Constance Free Church, Andover, MN, Sep. 25, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017
Luther Seminary, (Olson Campus Center), St. Paul, MN, May 11 - August 31, 2016
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Excelsior, MN, Feb. 16 - March 14, 2016
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minnetonka, MN, Nov. 25, 2015 - Feb. 7, 2016
Central Baptist Church, St. Paul, MN, March 29 - April 23, 2015
Rosemount United Methodist Church, Rosemount, MN, Nov. 13, 2014 - Feb. 11, 2015
First Presbyterian Church of South Saint Paul, MN, Sep. 14 - Oct. 26, 2014
Cloister Gallery, The House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, MN, March 16 - May 4, 2014
Center for Faith and Life, Luther College, Decorah, IA, Oct. 25 - Dec. 8, 2013
Roseville Covenant Church, Roseville, MN, May 5 - June 30, 2013
Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville, MN, April 7 - 28, 2013
Hope Presbyterian Church, Richfield, MN, Jan. 6 - Feb. 24, 2013
First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, MN, Nov. - Dec. 2012
Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, MN, Aug. 27 - Oct. 29, 2012
St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Bloomington, MN, May 6 - June 27, 2012
Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, Burnsville, MN, Sep. - Oct., 2011
Benedictine Center, St. Paul's Monastery, St. Paul, MN, Nov. - Dec. 2010
Roseville Covenant Church, Roseville, MN, March 28 - May 2, 2010
Advent Lutheran Church (Madison Christian Community), Madison, WI, Jan. - Feb. 2010
Easter Lutheran Church (Easter on the Hill campus), Eagan, MN, Oct. 25 - Dec. 27, 2009
Colonial Church, Edina, MN, Sep. 13 - Oct. 18, 2009
First Congregational UCC, La Crosse, WI, Feb. 15 April 15, 2009 (with Tim Botts, co-exhibitor)
St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN, Nov. 30, 2008 - Jan. 4, 2009
Festival of the Arts, Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, April 27 - May 4, 2008
Church of Christ the King, Minneapolis, MN, Dec. 2, 2007 - Jan. 13, 2008 (with Tom Coleman, co-exhibitor)
Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church, Chaska, MN, Sep. 9 - Oct. 7, 2007
Hope Presbyterian Church, Richfield, MN, July 1 - Aug. 26, 2007
Benedictine Center, St. Paul's Monastery, St. Paul, MN, Sep. 3 - Oct. 17, 2006
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, April 2006
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, MN, Sep. 11 - Oct. 9, 2005
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, November, 2004
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, First Floor Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 2002
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, MN, April/May 2002
Presbyterian Church (USA) National Office, Louisville, KY, June 2001
St. Paul Office of Senator Paul Wellstone, St. Paul, MN, Nov./Dec. 2000
Lexington Christian Academy, Lexington, MA, Sep. 2000
Lutheran Brotherhood First Floor Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, May 2000
Canaan Gallery, Littleton, CO, Dec. 1999 - Jan. 2000
Presbyterian Homes - Bloomington Campus, Bloomington, MN, Sep./Oct./Nov. 1999
Great River Arts Association, Morrison County Government Center, Little Falls, MN, July/August 1999
Hope Presbyterian Church, Richfield, MN, May/June 1999
Lutheran Brotherhood First Floor Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, June 1998
First Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN, March/April 1998
Howard Conn Fine Arts Gallery, Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN, Dec. 1997 - Jan. 1998
Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville, MN, Aug./Sep. 1997
Como Park Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN, June/July 1997
Biennial Conference of Christians for Biblical Equality, Bethel College, Arden Hills, MN, July 31 - Aug. 2, 1997 (Co-exhibitor: Anne Brink)
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bayport, MN, Feb./March 1997
Messiah United Methodist Church, Plymouth, MN, Jan. 1997
Hope Presbyterian Church, Richfield, MN, Nov./Dec. 1996
Biblical Arts Center, Dallas, TX, Aug./Oct. 1996
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, July 1996
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, March/April 1996
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, MN, Jan./Feb. 1996
The Marian Library, IMRI, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, Sep./Nov. 1995
Minnetonka Baptist Church, Minnetonka, MN, May 1995
Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina, MN, April 1995
New Commandment Church, Minneapolis, MN, Jan./Feb. 1995
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bayport, MN, Nov./Dec. 1994
Bloomington Covenant Church, Bloomington, MN, Oct. 1994
Festival of the Arts, Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, April 1994
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, April/May 1993
The Arts Center, Jamestown, ND, March 1992 (Co-exhibitor: Brother Basil Atwell, OSB)
Cloister Gallery, The House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, MN, Nov. 1991
Hope Presbyterian Church, Richfield, MN, May - July 1990

Group Exhibitions
"The Holy Among Us," Interfaith Art Competition, Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 5 - 26, 2017 (Juried) 2nd Place Award
"Community," Interfaith Exhibit of the Jewish Women Artists' Circle, Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Minnetonka, MN, Sep. 16, 2016 - Jan. 5, 2017
"Sola Scriptura: Biblical Text and Art", Traveling Exhibition from the Bowden Collection, beginning 2016 and continuing through 2017 (Juried)
"Community," Interfaith Exhibit of the Jewish Women Artists' Circle, St. Paul's Monastery, Maplewood, MN, June 5 - Aug. 25, 2016 (By invitation)
"Christian Arts Festival," Trinity School at River Ridge, Eagan, MN, April 14 - 16, 2016 (Juried)
"Scribes of Hope II," Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) Traveling Exhibition, beginning Nov. 2012 and continuing on tour through 2017 (Juried)
"Picturing the Parables," Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) Traveling Exhibition, Jan. 2011 - Dec. 2015 (Juried)
"Christian Art Festival," Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN, April 22 - May 13, 2012 (Juried)
"God's Greatness in Small Things," Central Baptist Church (with Bethel Univ. Art Dept.,) St. Paul, MN, March 30 - April 8, 2012 (Juried)
"Expressions of Hope," (sponsored by Christian Recovery Counseling,) Vine Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, Dec. 8, 2011 (Juried)
"Interstice(s) - Intervening Space," MacLaurinCSF Exhibit & Symposium, Hennes Art Company, Minneapolis, MN, Dec. 2-6, 2011 (Juried)
"I Am," Westminster Presbyterian Church Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, Sep. 18 - Nov. 20, 2011 (By invitation)
"Christian Art Festival," Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN, May 15 - June 12, 2011 (Juried)
"Cultivation Within DiVision," Central Baptist Church (with Bethel Univ. Art Dept.,) St. Paul, MN, April 15-24, 2011 (Juried)
"Spiritual Art Show," N.E. Mpls. Artist Concierge Service, Kolbe Center, Pope John Paul II School, Minneapolis, MN, April 10-15, 2011 (Juried)
"Foot in the Door 4," The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Feb. 19 - June 13, 2010
"Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols," Westminster Presbyterian Church Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 29, 2009 - Jan. 10, 2010 (By invitation)
"Women Artists in the Jewish & Christian Traditions," John XXIII Gallery, Basilica of St. Mary, Mpls., MN, May 2 - June 28, 2009 (By invitation)
"A Season of Hope," Benedictine Center, St. Pauls Monastery, Maplewood, MN, March/April, 2009 (By invitation)
"Art of the Incarnation," Benedictine Center, St. Paul's Monastery, Maplewood, MN, Dec. 2008 - Jan. 2009 (By invitation)
"Arts Fair," Grace Church, Roseville, MN, May 15, 2005 (Juried)
"The Coming Dawn: The Art of Advent," Westminster Presbyterian Church Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, Dec. 2004 – Jan. 2005 (By invitation)
"MacLaurin Institute Art Show," Cowles Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 17, 2003 (Juried)
"Christian Art Festival," Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN, May 2003 (Juried)
"Peace and Reconciliation," Central Baptist Church (with Bethel Univ. Art Dept.,) St. Paul, MN, April, 2003 (Juried)
"Hope in the Midst of Suffering, Central Baptist Church (with Bethel Univ. Art Dept.,) St. Paul, MN, March, 2002 (Juried)
"Religious Art Show," N.E. Minneapolis Artist Concierge Service, Elim Church, Minneapolis, MN, March, 2001 (Juried)
"Christian Art Festival," Woodbury Lutheran Church, Woodbury, MN, Feb. 2001 (Juried)
"Foot in the Door 2000," The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Jan. - March 2000
"Visions V," Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, KY. Sep./Oct. 1999 (Juried)
"Christian Art Festival," Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN, May 1999 (Juried)
"Christmas Exhibition," Visions Gallery, Albany, NY, Nov./Dec. 1998 (By invitation)
"Christian Art Festival," Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN, May 1998 (Juried)
"15th Anniversary Show," Douglas-Baker Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, May/June 1998 (By invitation)
"Liturgical & Sacred Art Exhibition," Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL, May/June 1998 (Juried)
"Annual Art Exhibit," Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, PA, March/April, 1998 (& annually through 2011) (By invitation)
"Scribes of Hope," Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) Traveling Calligraphy Exhibition, 1997 - 1998 (Juried)
"Exhibition of Liturgical Arts," The Creator's Hands Gallery, Rochester, NY, March/April 1997 (Juried)
"Christian Art Festival," Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN, May 1996 (Juried)
"Not One Jot Nor Tittle, Visions Gallery, Albany, NY, May - June 1996 (By invitation)
"Liturgical & Sacred Art Exhibition," Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL, May/June 1996 (Juried) Purchase Award
"Behold the Lamb: The Life of Christ," Biblical Arts Center, Dallas, TX. March/April 1996 (By invitation)
"Lent/Easter Group Show," Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, MN, March/April 1996 (By invitation)
"Expressions of Devotion," Premier Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, July/Aug. 1995 (Juried)
"RE-Manifesting the Sacred," Christians in the Visual Arts Conference Exhibit, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, July - Oct.1995 (Juried)
"Ecclesiastical Art Exhibit," Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit, MI, May 1995 (Juried)
"Christian Art Festival," Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN, May 1995 (Juried) Festival Award
"National Christian Fine Arts Exhibit," San Juan College, Farmington, NM, March/April 1995 (Juried) Honorable Mention.
"Select Art Show," Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, MN, June 1994 (By invitation)
"Christian Art Festival," Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN, May 1992 (Juried) Festival Award
"Festival of Rededication," University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 1991 (By invitation)
"Christian Art Festival," Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN, May 1991 (Juried)

Institutional Purchases/Collections
(Listed in order of acquisition)
Berea Lutheran Church, Richfield, MN
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN
Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN
Ebenezer Lutheran Brethren Church, Minneapolis, MN
Hope Presbyterian Church, Richfield, MN
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN
Valley of Peace Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, MN (farewell gift)
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Springfield, IL
St. Paul’s Monastery (Benedictine Sisters), Maplewood, MN
First Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN
Sacred Heart Convent (Dominican Sisters), Springfield, IL
Houghton College, Houghton, NY
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN
Campus Ministry Advancement (ELCA), St. Paul, MN (farewell gift)
Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Bethel Lutheran Church, Hudson, WI
Anchorage Lutheran Church, Anchorage, AK
Baker Publishing Group, Ada, MI
North Como Presbyterian Church, Roseville, MN
St. Paul Area Council of Churches, St. Paul, MN (farewell gift)
Maple Grove Lutheran Church, Maple Grove, MN (farewell gift)
Lexington Christian Academy, Lexington, MA
Lutheran Church of Peace, Maplewood, MN
Stadium Village Church, PC(USA), Minneapolis, MN
Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, MN
Chapel, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Easter Lutheran Church, Eagan, MN
Lutheran Partners for Global Mission, Minneapolis, MN
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN
Horner Center for Lifelong Learning, Fuller Seminary, Pasedena, CA (farewell gift)
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MN
Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church, Chaska, MN
Advent Lutheran Church, Madison, WI
Rush River Lutheran Church, River Falls, WI
First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, MN
Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville, MN
Rosemount United Methodist Church, Rosemount, MN
Minneapolis Area Synod - ELCA, Minneapolis, MN (purchased as gift)
St. Christopher's Church, Chatham, MA

Published Images
Reformed Worship, published by Worship Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church, December 2016, p. 18.
Reformed Worship, published by Worship Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church, March 2016, back cover illustration.
Every Sunday Service Folders, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, bulletin for 12/13/15.
Every Sunday Service Folders, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, bulletin for 4/19/15.
Agora: Luther College in Conversation, published by Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, Fall 2013, cover illustration.
Behold: Arts for the Church Year, Advent - Epiphany 2013-2014, Logos Productions, Inc., p. 24.
Every Sunday Service Folders, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, bulletin for 2/24/13.
Give Us This Day, published monthly by Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, August 2012, p. 128.
Listen, published by the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery, St. Paul, MN, Sep. - Dec. 2011, pp. 8-9.
Living with Christ, published by Novalis - Bayard Press Canada Inc., June 2011, cover illustration.
Salt of the Earth, A Christian Seasons Calendar, 2010-2011, illustration for Epiphany.
Worship Book for the Annual Meeting (July 26 - 29, 2010) of the Association for Reformed & Liturgical Worship, p. 11.
Living with Christ, published by Novalis - Bayard Press Canada Inc., June 2010, cover illustration.
Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching and the Arts, Volume 43.3, 2010, illustrated article, pp. 61-66.
Lutheran Forum, winter issue, 2009, front and back cover illustrations, article with Lois Malcolm, pp. 60-62, 64.
ARTS, journal of The Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, spring issue, 2009, p. 41.
Behold: Arts for the Church Year, Advent - Epiphany 2009-2010, Logos Productions, Inc., p. 7.
Salt of the Earth, A Christian Seasons Calendar, 2008-2009, illustrations for Epiphany & The Season After Pentecost.
Cross-Shaped Leadership, John A. Berntsen, The Alban Institute, 2008, cover illustration.
Between the Lines of the Bible, Sam Schmitthenner, Quiet Waters Publications, 2008, cover illustration.
Salt of the Earth, A Christian Seasons Calendar, 2007-2008, illustration for the Season After Pentecost.
Chaska Herald, September 13, 2007, article by Sara Hanlon, p. 5.
Every Sunday Service Folders, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, bulletin for 3/25/07.
Salt of the Earth, A Christian Seasons Calendar, 2006-2007, illustration for the Season After Epiphany.
The Presbyterian Heritage Daily Devotional, P.J. Southam, Booksurge Publishing, 2006, cover illustration.
The Divine Embrace, Robert E. Webber, Baker Publishing Group, 2006, cover illustration.
Mutuality, published by Christians for Biblical Equality, winter 2005, p. 15.
Every Sunday Service Folders, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, bulletin for 10/10/04.
Every Sunday Service Folders, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, bulletin for 6/1/03.
The Lutheran, ELCA, April 2003, pp. 12-18.
Presbyterian Planning Calendar, 2001-2002, PC(USA), 13 images. (Calendar images also on bulletins and posters.)
Presbyterian Life & Times, News from the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, PC(USA), June 2001, p. 3.
Christianity and the Arts, winter issue, 2001, back cover illustration.
Every Sunday Service Folders, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, bulletin for 4/1/01.
Every Sunday Service Folders, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, bulletin for 2/20/00.
Exploring Christianity, Kenneth J. Collins, ed., Baker Books, 2000, cover illustration.
Renewing the Center, Stanley J. Grenz, Baker Books, 2000, cover illustration.
Baker Academic Catalog, Fall 2000, cover illustration.
View-book, Lexington Christian Academy, Lexington, MA, fall, 2000, pp. 2, 6, 10, 14, 18 & cover illustration.
Environment & Art Letter, Liturgy Training Publications, Archdiocese of Chicago, April 2000, inside front cover spread.
Bethel Focus, published by Bethel College, St. Paul, MN, spring issue, 2000, pp. 15-18.
Every Sunday Service Folders, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, bulletin for 1/10/99.
Presence, journal of Spiritual Directors International, January, May & September 1999 issues, cover illustration.
Horizons, published by Presbyterian Women, PC(USA), July/August 1999, p. 11.
Christianity and the Arts, summer issue, 1999, p. 63.
Lutheran Campus Ministry, ELCA, St. Paul, MN, image for poster, note card, print, bulletin & bookmark, summer 1999.
Every Sunday Service Folders, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, bulletin for 10/12/97.
The Jamestown, ND Sun, February 28, 1992, article by Kendra Rosencrans, p. 9.

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