Inspiration, Aspiration, and Imagination: The Arts in the Jesuit Tradition with Fr. Thomas Lucas, SJ

3:00PM - 4:00PM

McLaren Complex 251

Please join the Thacher Gallery in celebrating 25 years with founding director, Fr. Tom Lucas, SJ.

From its earliest moments in 16th century Rome, the Society of Jesus has championed and used the arts as fundamental elements in its strategic toolkit. Although St. Ignatius didn’t have an artistic bone in his body, he understood the tremendous emotive and pedagogical power of art. Even more importantly, his teachings in the Spiritual Exercises underscore creative use of the imagination as a means to encounter God’s revelation in our material world. Fr. Lucas will develop these themes in a richly illustrated presentation.

About Fr. Tom Lucas, SJ: Fr. Lucas presently serves as pastor of St. Ignatius Church, Sacramento, after a distinguished career as a university professor of Art and Art History at USF and at Seattle University. Founding director of the Thacher Gallery at USF, he chaired USF’s Department of Art + Architecture for a decade and was the curator of the Seattle University Art Collection. The author of Landmarking: City, Church, and Jesuit Urban Strategy, he has lectured at more than twenty universities in half a dozen countries, and is a liturgical artist, designer, and restoration consultant with an international portfolio.


Co-presented by USF's Center for Research, Artistic, and Scholarly Excellence (CRASE), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art + Architecture, Honors College, Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition, MA in Museum Studies, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Performing Arts & Social Justice, Saint Ignatius Institute, Theology and Religious Studies, University Council for Jesuit Mission, and University Ministry.