Crafting Icons of Resistance

Fri 11 AM | Convo Hall 2
Sat 1 PM | Convo Hall 2

Mary Button

In this interactive art workshop, artist and iconographer Mary Button will lead participants in the creation of an icon for personal devotion. Creating icons is an important spiritual practice that offers people a creative outlet to lament and lift up people, places, and moments important to them. In recent years, Mary has created icons of contemporary martyrs, like Heather Heyer, as well as everyday heroes like the crowds of people who gathered at Women’s Marches across the world. Mary will provide materials and guidance so that every participant — regardless of drawing/painting skills — will leave the workshop with their own icon.

Mary Button

Mary Button was born and raised in the swampy wilds of East Texas, received a BFA in Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and went on to earn a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in American religious history and Christian ethics from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Her artwork has been exhibited across the US and UK, with exhibitions at the Museum of Biblical Art in NYC, the Church Center for the United Nations, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and Wesley House at Cambridge University, to name a few. She has written curricula for Women of the ELCA on a number of social justice issues and is a frequent contributor to Believe Out Loud. You can find her at

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