The Museum of Biblical Art is a museum that studies the history of Judaism and Christianity. The museum does not espouse any faith, but through exhibits seeks to explain the history of these two faiths, their impact on the history of the world, the history of art, and upon individuals and groups.
A Mosaic Passover Story is an international, juried mosaic show viewed from a Jewish sensibility, although people of all faiths and practices were invited to submit works to the exhibit. Particular works were selected for their reference to the Tanach (Jewish Bible) or Old Testament) or for their inspiration from either Biblical history or current events.
Azzurro artist statement:
When the Israelites left the Red Sea and came to Marah they found the water there bitter and complained to Moses. God allowed Moses to perform the miracle of making the water sweet and restored the Israelites faith in Him (Exodus 15:22-27). Water references in the Bible portend both good and bad: The wrath of God. Danger, floods and death. Polluted rivers, as in Exodus 7:14 - 24, when the Nile is said to have run with blood. Drought and starvation. But water also is a blessing bestowed on the faithful: Consecration. Atonement and forgiveness of sins. Spiritual refreshment and eternal life through baptism. Water will always be an essential element of life and commerce. “Azzurro” is a meditation on the interaction between humans and water. A fossilized ammonite represents the ancient origins of aquatic life; fins of raised stone recall water’s gradual, and sometimes violent, power. E-waste components remind us that our everyday actions and choices influence our future survival. ~ Julie Richey