Monday, November 17, 2008

Artists Sought to Adorn A New Romanesque Chapel for USC

A new chapel for the Catholic Student Center at the University of Southern California is presently in the planning stages. The project's liturgical designer and consultant is Steven Schloeder, of the Phoenix, Arizona-based Liturgical Environs, and the author of Architecture in Communion, the most comprehensive (and most orthodox) guide to churchbuilding that incorporates the modern legislation. He is working in collaboration with the project's design architects Elkus Mafredi and the firm of Perkowitz+Ruth. Their designs for the new building, intended to harmonize with USC's Romanesque-Italianate campus, are shown above and below. What makes this project unique, however, is the chapel planning committee is seeking artists to create new traditional work for the interior--including stained glass, Stations of the Cross, a tabernacle shrine and reredos, mosaics and other design elements. More can be found here. This could be a wonderful opportunity for many emerging Catholic artists, and should not be missed.

(All images copyright Elkus Manfredi Architects.)

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