IMAGO Fall 2016 begins Wednesday August 31!

During the first half of the fall semester from August 31 through October 5, join the IMAGO artist community for a 6 week long study of The Aesthetics of the Inklings by Dr. Christi Williams

Who: Everyone!*

When: Wednesday nights 630pm-8pm from Aug. 31 – Oct. 5**

Where: Houston’s First Baptist Church, room 404 (google map)

* Free child care / activities for kids are available at the church during this time.

**Dinner is available for purchase in the MidLink cafe at the church from 445-615pm in the Fellowship Center.

What: This series will introduce the insights on art and faith from the Oxford Inklings and their major influences, including George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers and Charles Williams. The Inklings were a group of Christians at Oxford in the early 20th century who gathered together regularly to share their literary, theological, and artistic insights and writings.

08/31 – Week 1: George MacDonald
09/07 – Week 2: G. K. Chesterton
09/14 – Week 3: C. S. Lewis
09/21 – Week 4: C. S. Lewis
09/28 – Week 5: J. R. R. Tolkien
10/05 – Week 6: Dorothy Sayers and Charles Williams


Image Credit: Mark Burkhardt/The Atlantic



During the second half of the fall semester from October 12 through November 16, join the IMAGO artist community for a 6 week long discussion group on The Christian as an Artist by The Imago Leadership Team

Who: Everyone!*

When: Wednesday nights at 630pm-8pm from Oct. 12- Nov. 16**

Where: Houston’s First Baptist Church, room 404 (google map)

* Free child care / activities for kids are available at the church during this time.

**Dinner is available for purchase in the MidLink cafe at the church from 445-615pm in the Fellowship Center.

What: Join us as we work through 5 questions faced by artists who are believers. The final session will be a creative time where participants engage in art making.

10/12 – Week 1: What is Christian art? – John Robertson
10/19 – Week 2: What are my artistic boundaries as a Christian? Eric Reed
10/26 – Week 3: Has God called me to be an artist? – Natalie Aguilar
11/02 – Week 4: Is the quality of my art important to God? – John Robertson
11/09 – Week 5: What do I do when I’m not inspired? – Allison Fox
11/16 – Week 6: Creative time where participants engage in art making – Allison Fox

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In HIS Name – The 2016 Holy Week Art Show

Info card front GRAPHICThe submissions are in, artwork will be selected this weekend, and the show opens in one month!

Come join us on Saturday, March 19th from 5-7 PM in the main foyer of Houston’s First Baptist Church for our artists’ reception. Get the exclusive first look at all the art work, and get the inside scoop from the artists themselves!

The show opens Saturday, March 19th at 5 pm and runs through Sunday, April 3rd at noon. The church will be closed March 25 and 26 for Easter weekend, but will open back up on Sunday, March 27 for Easter. Join us Easter morning and surround yourself with art that celebrates the name of our Savior on the day of His resurrection!

Join the Artist Reception event on Facebook here.

Add the whole show to your Facebook events here.

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Anybody wonder how to write an Artist’s Statement?

Have we got the perfect ARTing for you! Join us at Writespace for a workshop on how to write an Artist’s Statement.

On Sunday, February 7th from 12:30 to 2:30pm, IMAGO is hosting a writing workshop at Writespace to help our artists learn about this often challenging subject. Writespace Director, Elizabeth White-Olsen, will walk us through the process. If you’d like to add the Facebook event to your calendar, you can head to this link:

This workshop is PERFECT for those who are new to writing Artist’s Statements but plan to submit artwork to our 2016 Holy Week Art Show in less than a month. (Yes, you read that right, less than a month. Get creating!)

We are limited to 15 attendees, so please RSVP to this link to hold your spot. We are asking for a $5 donation to Writespace as a thank you to them for providing this workshop.

For those who haven’t been to Writespace before, please follow the link below to see specific directions on how to navigate the Silver Street Studios complex as it can be confusing.

How to Write an Artist’s Statement:

When:  Sunday, February 7th, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Where:  Writespace, Silver Street Studios
2000A Edwards #212
Houston, TX  77007

Hope to see you there!

For those unfamiliar, an ARTing is when we gather together at local art events to have fun and fellowship! During the spring semester of 2016, we are holding various ARTings rather than formal meetings. 

In HIS Name – Call for Entries

Facebookheader finalIt’s that time of year again!! Below is the Call for Entries for our Holy Week art show, In HIS Name. We look forward to everyone’s submissions!


Each artist may submit up to three pieces based on or inspired by one of the biblical names of Jesus Christ. Art that has previously been shown at an art show in Houston’s First Baptist Church will not be accepted.

Artwork should be completed and ready to hang at the time of submission. For 2016, submissions will be made online here.  Images should be in JPG format, not larger than 2.5 MB & files should be labeled
Artist last name _ Artist first name – Art work #  (ie: Smith_John-1.jpg).  Be warned, if an error occurs while submitting your entry, all text data will be lost and you must start the form over (therefore, copy and paste text from another document)

Please note that an Artist Statement for each piece and how it relates to the theme will be required with each submission. Each statement has a 2000 character maximum (about 300 words). Artwork should be less than 8 ft tall x 8 ft wide and fit through the double doors at the entry of the church.

The Submission deadline is February 21st, 2016 at 11:59PM central standard time. NO late submissions will be accepted. The show will be juried, and pieces will be accepted on basis of adherence to the theme of the show, appropriateness for church venue, size and space availability. The jury and curator reserve all rights to accept or decline artwork submitted.

Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by February 28th, and selected art work will need to be hand delivered on March 9th. Artists will be required to sign a liability release upon art drop off. In 2016, the curator and IMAGO will not handle receipt and return shipment of artwork submitted by out of town artists. However, if an out of town artist would like to arrange shipment to someone they know local to Houston, that person can bring the art to drop off. A signed liability waiver will need to be shipped with the artwork and brought with the art.

Questions regarding the show and submission process can be emailed to

2/21 (Sunday) – Digital Submissions due at 11:59PM
2/28 (Sunday)– Artists notified via email of acceptance into show
3/09 (Wednesday) – Accepted artists to drop off finished, ready to hang work. All two dimensional work must be framed and wired if on paper media. If on canvas, the piece needs to have finished edges and must be wired for hanging. NO PIECES WITHOUT WIRE WILL BE ACCEPTED.
3/14 (Monday) – Volunteers (including artists) to raise the walls at HFBC
3/19 (Saturday) – AM: Artist Prayer Meeting at HFBC
PM: Art for the City Reception 5-7 pm
3/20 – First Sunday of the show
4/03 – Final Sunday of the show; Artists to pick up art at HFBC that afternoon.

The Power of Story – Week 1: An Introduction – An IMAGO/Midlink Series

This is the first lecture of 6 by IMAGO founder, Eric Reed, on the Power of Story.  Handouts have been attached for those wishing to complete the activities.

Answer Sheet Passages

A Biblical Foundation for the Arts 1 – 2nd Semester!

Midlink has begun again!  Join us on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8pm for round 2 of the great series by John Robertson, A Biblical Foundation for the Arts.

Intro to Theological Aesthetics – Lesson 6

Twentieth Century: Barzun