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VCAR director's sculpture dedicated at Oxford college

September 19, 2011 : Mitzi Bible/Liberty University News Service

A sculpture by Todd Smith, director of the Visual Communication Arts program, was recently dedicated at St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, in England in a special ceremony of blessing by Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican Church in England. The school featured Smith in a story on its website.

The school’s chaplain asked Smith to create the sculpture of St. Hugh after Smith lectured there for the first time in 2008. St. Hugh was the Bishop of Lincoln, England, during the 12th century.

The sculpture shows Hugh at 50, the age of his consecration as bishop.  According to the newsletter, it depicts him “as a visionary who was devoted to the people of his diocese, a person of charitable disposition who was forever a serious and prayerful monk at heart.”

The sculpture is displayed in the school’s chapel. It took about two weeks to complete, Smith said.

Smith gave a lecture on “Art as Vocation” at the sculpture’s unveiling in June 2010. He spoke about art as a calling and a God-given activity. He said he believes the church is using art in its mission now more than ever before.

Founded in 1886, St. Hugh’s College is one of the largest Oxford schools.