I have spoken nationally in churches, colleges, and universities on the subject of art and religion. I can work with your church or organization to develop a program of talks, workshops, and/or exhibitions that would be appropriate for your needs. As a college professor, program head at a denominational school, artist, art historian, religion scholar, and long-time Christian I have a wealth of experience to bring to the table.
Thank you for stopping by considering working with me. I am honored.
I highly recommend doing anything you can to get Rondall involved in the life of your church, college – wherever. His creativity and thoughtfulness are a great inspiration.” -Krystle Jeffers, Coordinator of Worship Arts and Music at The Cove Presbyterian Church
- What You Can Expect
- A Little About Me
- Most Requested Talks
- Academic Lectures
- What Others Are Saying
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What You Can Expect
- Prompt, professional replies to your phone calls and email messages.
- A personal phone consultation or in-person visit prior to your event, so we can better understand how I can best serve you and your audience.
- An announcement about your event on my blog and social media channels. (This assumes that your event is open to the public and you want additional visibility for it.)
- A professionally prepared, dynamically delivered presentation tailored to your audience.
- A custom resource page, exclusively created for your attendees. It will include the slides I used in the presentation, along with links to books, articles, and other resources I believe will be helpful.
- A quick follow-up communication after the event, to make sure I met your expectations. (I also want to know how you think I can improve.)
I have been speaking publicly for more than 20 years ranging from keynoting conferences to small church groups. Also, I have appeared on television, radio, and been profiled in newspapers and magazines.
The last 25 years of my life have been dedicated to art. I specialize in the relationship between art and Christianity. I hold an MFA in painting, MS in art history, and am a Ph.D. candidate in art history and aesthetics focusing on the relationship between art & religion. My teaching has been at both religious and secular universities in studio art, art history, and religious studies. Currently, heads the art program at at Lee University in Cleveland, TN.
My wife, Pamela, and I have been married for over thirty years and we have five children together. Our family presently resides in South Eastern Tennessee. In my free time, I enjoy reading, basketball, and watching fantasy and science fiction.
Visual Arts & The Church
What does scripture say about the visual arts? This lecture looks at the approach scripture takes to art, including unexpected arts such as abstraction and performance art, and puts forth a rudimentary theology of art. Also examined, is the problematic relationship between art and the Evangelical church.
To listen to a sample of this talk, please click the link below to hear Rondall’s presentation of “Visual Arts & The Church” as it happened at The Cove, a Presbyterian church in Santa Rosa, CA. Also below, there is a PDF of PowerPoint that accompanied the lecture.
What is Art? What is Christian Art?
His presentation was informative, engaging, and helpful for Christian artists and the average church member.” -Dr. Merril Smoak, Associate Pastor, Music & Worship, Trinity Church, Livermore, CA
The Image of Christ, A History
The image of Jesus Christ has a long history. But it is a history that many in the church do not know. This lecture traces the history of depicting Christ, the true icon, and its theological implications. The lecture dissects the second commandment, along with Old Testament graven images. It examines early images of Jesus and traces the history of these depictions to the present. Further, the lecture examines the challenges that the depiction of Christ brings to the contemporary church.
This is a three-week series on the history of the image of Christ. This can be abbreviated to a single lecture.
Learning about God from Art
This lecture is perfectly suited for a church setting. It explores insights into the Christian faith that can be learned from art all the way from the nature of faith to the nature of God.
Why would a person pursue a career in the arts? Why not something more practical? This talk examines the issues of calling and vocation through a look at Rondall’s decision and discernment process. The choice for the arts involves implications for the artist, the church, and the broader culture, all of which are explored in this talk.
Artist as Theologian
This lecture looks at the ways in which art is intrinsically theological and the implications this has for the artists of faith. It looks both at what this means for the Church and the responsibility which such an understanding bestows on the artist.
Rondall Reynoso relies heavily on metaphors relating to theological, philosophical, and sociological themes. His Artist Talk delves into the story and deeper meaning of his work. The talk tracks his development from the earliest stages of his artistic production to his most recent work. This talk has often accompanied an exhibition of his work but can also be a stand-alone talk.
Reynoso has delivered academic lectures in a broad variety of venues and is willing to develop specific talks related to his academic research. Reynoso is currently prepared to deliver academic lectures on the following subjects.
- Christian Spirituality in Modern & Contemporary American Art- This is a survey of the often problematic relationship between art and Christianity throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. A special emphasis is paid to how Christian spirituality manifested visually during this time.
- Philosophical Aesthetics- Reynoso views philosophical aesthetics through the lens of his Axis Theory which organizes aesthetic categories into the intellectual and the sensuous axes. This lecture introduces this discussion in an attempt to reconcile contemporary idioms with the philosophical tradition.
- Visual Theology- Reynoso presents an argument for an expanded view of theology which includes non-verbal ways of knowing and non-discursive ways of communicating. He argues that some truths can be more fully communicated through the visual arts than through verbal language.
- Evangelical Christs- This lecture looks at five images of Christ that are reflective of evangelical conceptions of Jesus Christ.
- The Christocentric Kinkade- In this lecture, Reynoso explores the conception of Christ as presented in the paintings of Thomas Kinkade.
- The Theological Aesthetic of Nudity in Evangelical Christianity- Reynoso examines the theological approach taken within evangelicalism to nudity in art. The lecture looks at several contemporary artists but with a special focus on the work of Edward Knippers.
- The Iconography of Edward Knippers- This lecture looks at the traditional and innovative iconography employed by the controversial and important religious artist Edward Knippers.
- The Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery- The lectures Reynoso has most commonly delivered relate to his research on the history of the impressive and idiosyncratic Bob Jones University collection of religious art and the broader cultural programming at Bob Jones University. Lectures relating to the Bob Jones collection are appropriate for both academic and general audiences and are relevant far beyond the scope of American Fundamentalism.
- Xu Bing- The work of the famous contemporary Chinese Xu Bing is heavily influenced by a Buddhist mindset. This lecture examines how this plays out in his work.
- Six Mormon Christs- This lecture looks at five images of Christ which are reflective of Mormon conceptions of Jesus the and historical development of this visual culture.
“Christian artists are usually not encouraged and recognized within the community of their own local churches. This creates a barrier for the visual arts to enter into the discussion of worship and spiritual formation. Rondall Reynoso helped take down this barrier when he presented his lecture on “Art & Scripture” at our 5th annual Christ-Centered Art Show held May 20-21, 2013. His presentation was informative, engaging, and helpful for Christian artists and the average church member. We look forward to future conversations with Rondall.”
-Dr. Merril Smoak, Associate Pastor, Music & Worship, Trinity Church, Livermore, CA
“I was fortunate enough to work with Rondall to set up an art installation and lecture at our church. Rondall was thoughtful and responsive in his communication – a privilege to work with and get to know. His pieces are exquisite and thought-provoking. His lecture on “Visual Arts & the Church” was greatly received by our congregation and local community. In both his visual art and lecture I deeply appreciated being given a forum to think more deeply about the arts and their role in the world. The many questions and comments that resulted from his lecture were an obvious reminder that we don’t give these topics a forum often enough, even though many are hungering and thirsting for an opportunity to wrestle with issues of art and theology. As an artist, I was personally inspired to work harder and think more deeply, so as to be faithful to the great Creator. I highly recommend doing anything you can to get Rondall involved in the life of your church, college – wherever. His creativity and thoughtfulness are a great inspiration.”
-Krystle Jeffers, Coordinator of Worship Arts and Music at The Cove Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa, CA
November 10, “Savages & Princes: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes,” Museum Center at 5ive Points, Cleveland, TN
March 12, 19, & 26, “The Image of Christ Catacombs to the Modern Day, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland, TN
November 18, “Howard Fenster Rock n’ Revival Symposium,” Museum Center at 5ive Points, Cleveland, TN
October 28, “Incarnational Art,” Neighbors United Counseling & Referal Services Art Festival, Cleveland, TN
October 7-8, Lee University Symposium, Cleveland, TN
May 1, 8, & 22, “Stories Toldin Glass: Interpreting the Stained Glass at St. Luke’s,” St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland, TN
August 26, “Christian Spirituality and the Visual Arts,” Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, Piedmont University, Demorest, GA
February 17, Intersections Art Conference, Oak Hills Church, Folsom, CA
July 24-30, Printmaking: Etching & Drypoint workshop, Grünewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA
July 17-23, Introduction to Abstraction workshop, Grünewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA
April 30, Art & Faith Tours Presentation, Touchstone Christian Fellowship, Sacramento, CA
June 22 – 28, Introduction to Abstraction workshop, Grünewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA
April 18, “Six Mormon Christs: Art as a Reflection of LDS Faith,” Mormon Scholars in the Humanities Conference at LDS Institute in Berkeley, CA.
February 21, “What is Beauty?”, William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA
October 20, Interview in Worship Service, Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, Roseville, CA
September 8, Exhibition with Pamela Reynoso Begins, Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, Roseville, CA
April 20-21, Arts Conference, Trinity Baptist Church, Livermore, CA
November 11, “Visual Arts & The Church,” The Cove Presbyterian Church, Santa Rosa, CA
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