is home to people of many faiths including Roman
Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Russian
and Greek Orthodox, Buddhist, and Hindu. Each
creed has a long tradition of expressing its
religious belief in material form.
making religious art forges a powerful connection
to their homeland, cultural identity, or faith.
For others, skills learned at work — a
fisherman tying knots or a carpenter working
with wood — can be used to express personal
Throughout history, people have gone to tremendous
lengths, and in some cases risked their lives,
to make sacred art in spite of persecution.
Massachusetts has a long history of providing
refuge for those seeking religious freedom.
Once here, artists have the freedom to express
their religious beliefs. As Yary Livan, a ceramicist
originally from Cambodia, describes: "In
Pol Pot time, my art spirit was almost dead.
Now, my art spirit is big, is strong, is on
The works seen here create sacred spaces: some
privately in homes and others