Thomas More College Artist-in-Residence to Appear on EWTN

by Thomas More College on May 8, 2009

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2009
Contact: Charlie McKinney
Phone: (603) 880-8308, ext. 21
Email: cmckinney@ThomasMoreCollege.edu

MERRIMACK – Thomas More College Artist-in-Residence David Clayton, a leading iconographer and western naturalist painter, will soon appear on two EWTN Global Catholic Network television shows. Clayton will first air on Wednesday, May 13 at 8 p.m. on EWTN Live where he will discuss Catholic art and its role in liturgical renewal, and then will tape a segment for EWTN’s Bookmark where he will discuss his latest book illustration project.

“One of the reasons I’m doing this is to re-establish Catholic culture as a living culture of beauty united to the liturgy, which can be a force, in turn, to transform the whole of western culture,” Clayton said. “It’s something I believe in so strongly. I want to have the chance to say it.”

Clayton’s live interview with EWTN Live host Fr. Mitch Pacwa could touch on a wide variety of subjects, including how art should reflect a divine order in nature, how one can be drawn to Christ through sacred art and architecture, iconography and its role in Catholic worship, sacred geometry and its role in the liturgy, the role of sacred music in liturgical renewal, his response to Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Artists, and how sacred art and music influenced his personal conversion from atheism to Catholicism.

During the interview, Clayton is also expected to discuss his thoughts on the proper formation of artists and how the recently-launched Way of Beauty Program at Thomas More College reflects his attitudes and beliefs. He could also share samples of his own work, including an icon of the Blessed Mother and the Baby Jesus that is now prominently featured in the Thomas More College chapel and additional samples he used to demonstrate Catholic iconographic techniques to Thomas More students.

The Bookmark segment will be taped and aired at a later date. The show airs on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 5 a.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Host Doug Keck will interview Clayton about his role as illustrator of an upcoming children’s book authored by Scott Hahn on man’s covenantal relationship with God through the centuries. The book will examine God’s relationships with key figures of salvation history, including Adam and Eve, Noah, Solomon, and Jesus Christ, and end with a discussion on our covenant with God.

“We are so excited Mr. Clayton will be sharing his artistic talents, his theologically profound perspectives on beauty, and his recent and most impressive accomplishments with a national and global audience,” said Thomas More College President Dr. William Fahey. “I am sure Catholics across the country and throughout the world will be touched by his insight and wisdom, just as many of our students were this past semester.”

David Clayton is a graduate of Oxford University, having earned a B.A. in Materials Science and an M.A. in Engineering. Combining his knowledge of natural geometry and physics with art technique, he completed traditional art training in the Florentine academy of Italy becoming specialized in Byzantine iconographic and the Western naturalistic traditions.

He has had commissions in the United Kingdom and in America including a portrait of St. Luigi Scrosoppi at the London Oratory; a 5-foot cross, gilded and painted on both sides and suspended over the altar at Pluscarden Monastery in Scotland; and the icon of the Sacred Heart commissioned by the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham to commemorate their 25th anniversary. He also received a personal commission from the Prince of Wales for an addition to his private chapel.

He has designed the program for ResSource School of Art and worked closely with staff at the Maryvale Institute in the design of their theory-of-art course. He is a lecturer on the residential weekends for the Maryvale Institute course.

Clayton also writes for Thomas More College’s Second Spring: An International Journal of Faith and Culture, and has been an occasional feature writer for The Catholic Herald newspaper in London.

The Way of Beauty Program renews an understanding and appreciation of sacred art and facilitates a new generation of Catholic artists and architects who desire to use their talent in service of the Church. The Program includes lectures and seminars that educate students, scholars, and members of the general public about the Catholic artistic tradition and how traditional sacred artwork reveals the divine order and harmony in nature, as well as personal mentorships with Clayton, where students learn firsthand how to create traditional sacred art that draws worshipers toward Christ. ‘

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is a four-year college that provides the rising generation with an education that forms them intellectually and spiritually within the Catholic intellectual tradition.  Additionally, the College has launched entrepreneurial new centers that seek to advance the teachings of the Catholic Church beyond the confines of its campus.  These centers include the Vatican Studies Center, the Center for New England Politics and Culture, and the Center for Faith and Culture in Oxford, England.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 28th year, is available in over 150 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world. Its mission is to “bring the Eternal Word of Jesus Christ to all.”

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If you would like to schedule an interview with President Fahey or David Clayton, please contact Charlie McKinney at (603) 880-8308, ext. 21 or by email at cmckinney@ThomasMoreCollege.edu.

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