Although art and religion ought to go hand in hand -- after all, it's hard to thumb through any art history textbook and find many artworks that don't address faith somehow -- they often mix today like oil and water.

Art and faith Many artists hide their personal religious convictions for fear of being pigeonholed and gallerists and art historians, critics, and art professors can be skeptical of faith topics. Religious institutions and leaders, meanwhile, are often prone to censor anything that doesn't present their traditions in only the most positive of lights.

This blog navigates that complicated intersection, with a particular close look at Chicago area religious and cultural institutions.

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