“Light of the World” painting on exhibit in Library Atrium

Visitors contemplating the painting in the Library Atrium
Over the years, the University Library has hosted a number of important exhibitions, such as The Saint John’s Bible and the The Auschwitz Album Revisited. From September 30 until November 12, however, the Library is exhibiting a single painting that is truly in a class of its own. The Light of the World is a prophetic treatment of the Nativity of Christ that hearkens back to Christian symbolic art of the Renaissance. At 12 feet by 36 feet, the painting is so large that it must be exhibited in the Library Atrium. According to the artist, Keith Goodson, “What makes it unique is the fact that when you look at it, you are a participant and you come (to) that very moment that Christ was born and you recognize that even though it was 2,000 years ago, it is still an eternal flame (that) burns in everyone.”

Bringing this powerful Christian artwork to Regent was the initiative of Library Dean Sara Baron, who explains that “The diverse peoples represented in this timeless story of Christ’s birth resonated with me, especially when considering the global context of Regent University.” Dr. Baron notes that during the CBN 50th Anniversary festivities, many guests were moved to pray in the vicinity of the painting. One visitor commented, “This is worth the whole trip. I can go home now, after having visited this artwork. I am an artist and I know when the Lord has touched someone’s art.”

For more information about the exhibition, including hours and directions to the Library, please see the The Light of the World webpage.