When he’s not painting in his studio, Bruce Herman, Lothorien Distinguished Chair of Visual Arts, is guest lecturing on art and hospitality, writing for numerous publications, speaking at conferences or curating exhibits, including Gordon’s own gallery in the Barrington Center for the Arts. During the 2011-2012 academic year alone, Herman spoke on the theology of art in convocations and panel discussions at institutions such as Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Whitworth University, College of the Ozarks, Park City Presbyterian Church in Dallas and Christ Church-Hamilton, MA. Of course, he’s guest lectured in numerous classes on campus as well while continuing his painting and mentoring.

No wonder Herman was honored in May as one of 100 recognized artists in the region.  In a new book called 100 Boston Painters —which “celebrates the wide-ranging talents, approaches, and personalities of the vibrant world of Boston arts”—Herman is featured for his work and contributions. Each artist was selected for the book after an extensive review of Boston arts, both past and present, and includes brief statements of the artist’s work.

By the time the book was released, Herman was already on to a new project: a collaborative touring exhibit along with artist Makoto Fujimura, composer Christopher Theofanidis, and theologian Jeremy Begbie. The exhibit—which is a response to T.S. Eliot’s poem Four Quartets—features four of Herman’s commissioned paintings, four commissioned works by Fujimura, and an original commissioned score for piano and string quartet by Theofanidis. The exhibit and concert tour includes several venues in the United States, Japan, China and the United Kingdom, some of which are scheduled below, and will be featured during Gordon’s new Celebration of the Arts in April:

•November 29, 2012 –January 16, with talks and concert January 15 and 16, 2013, at The Martin Musuem, Baylor University, Waco, Texas;

•January 29 – February 12, 2013, with talks, concert, and colloquium January 29 and 30, 2013, at Duke University Chapel, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina;

• March 2– April 1, 2013, at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

• April 13 – 26, 2013, at Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College. (Check back for more on Gordon’s Celebration of the Arts!)