Art and Iconography Symposium at St. Philips


A symposium on Art and Iconography will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 beginning at 2:00 P.M. at St. Philip’s Anglican Church in Blacksburg, Virginia. St. Philip’s is located at 306 Progress Street NE. All are invited to hear talks by iconographer Jonathan Edwards and Bishop Chandler “Chad” Holder Jones and attend a Q&A session immediately following.

Jonathan Edwards holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, MO where earned two different Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Fine Arts.  He also graduated from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts.  He was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at Yale University in Fine Arts, and taught at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts before teaching at The Rhode Island School of Design.  He spent several years teaching at Brown University before pursuing his real passion, Iconography, full-time.  He currently resides in Los Angeles, California and has taught Iconography in religious communities around Moscow, Russia.  Jonathan has presented his work in venues from New York City to Los Angeles and is currently completing a project in Charlottesville, VA with over two hundred characters in an Icon depicting All Saints.  His talk, titled “The What, How, and Why of Icons,” will explore the relationship of art and theology as well as explain the process of iconography.

Bishop Chandler “Chad” Holder Jones is a graduate of Emory & Henry College with his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.  He is a graduate of Duke Divinity School where he earned his Master’s of Divinity.  In addition to these degrees, he studied at Oxford at the Exeter University where he studied English Literature, and at Kings Canterbury School in Kent, England, as well as the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  He is a Bishop in the Anglican Province in America and is a member of various theological fraternities and societies.  Raised Baptist, Bishop Chad is a convert to Anglicanism, but enjoys studying and interacting with Christian people from various backgrounds. His topic, “Icons or Idols?”, will explore the history of struggles behind sacred art in the Christian Church.

The event is free of charge. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the speakers to cover expenses.