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Series of works by Wofford artist to be featured at Oxford College in Georgia


Neely ‘Into Your Hands’ exhibition new interpretation of traditional stations of the cross

OXFORD, Ga. – A series of works by South Carolina artist Kristofer Neely, assistant dean for studio art and instructor at Wofford College, will be a featured cultural exhibit at Oxford College of Emory University March 14 through April 22, 2011.

“Into Your Hands: Postmodern Meditations on the Stations of the Cross” will be on display in the Oxford College Chapel. The work was commissioned by Oxford Chaplain Lyn Pace, a 1999 Wofford graduate and former associate chaplain at the college.

Neely art 382wideNeely, who graduated from Wofford in 2002, “As an artist, I consider the very process of creating my work to often function as a manual act of contemplative prayer…. I believe there is no greater challenge than creating art that can invite others into a prayerful experience. The privilege to share my work in the austere beauty of the Oxford Chapel only adds to the scale of that challenge. The work in this installation will draw on visual traditions that include street art, American folk art, German expressionism, and traditional Christian icons.”

The traditional 14 stations of the cross are the inspiration for these works, although Neely gives each his personal interpretation. Begun as a way to instruct Christian pilgrims in the medieval ages, stations of the cross depict individual scenes from Jesus’s journey from the Garden of Gethsemane to his tomb.

Neely will open the exhibit at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Oxford Chapel. He will speak about the creation of the exhibit and answer questions from the audience. The public is invited.

Pace says that Neely’s art will have wide appeal beyond its ties to the Christian season of Lent. “For some this will be a religious experience; for others, a cultural experience, not a religious one. I believe that no matter what the visitor’s background, this can be a meaningful experience.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. General hours for the exhibit in Oxford Chapel are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and free parking is available close to the chapel. For more information on weekend hours or group tours, contact Chaplain Lyn Pace at 770-784-8392 or email to For more information about Kristofer Neely, visit