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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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“I would hope there is a place for the avant-garde in the same way I think there has to be a place—and we have to be careful with this—a place for Jazz and place for Evangelical and all of that. […] On theological grounds, I do think we need interaction with the culture at the level of high art or at the level of more commercial pop culture.”
— Fr. Anthony Ruff (22 June 2016)

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What Happened To Our Catholic Artists?
published 31 March 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

075 Levels Original HEN I CONSIDER Catholic artwork from the Middle Ages—like this fantastic page from Trinity Sunday—I can’t help but wonder where our Catholic artists have gone. When I observe altars like this, I question why we cannot create more beautiful altars.

Allow me to introduce Christine O’Brien, who attends a very special Catholic Church along with her husband, Tim, and their four children. Christine is a graphic artist who provides custom clipart for teachers. (School teachers are always in need of fine clipart.)

I was born in the 1980s, but from what I can tell, the trend for ugly artwork—or artwork avoiding reference to Christ, saints, and so on—started with stuff like this in WLP’s Peoples Hymnal. Then “progressive” organizations continued this trend; for instance, here’s a bizarre image from the 1990 Collegeville hymnal. Such pictures stand in stark contrast to, for example, artwork like this, in the Campion Hymnal.

When I asked Christine if she could create liturgical artwork, she sent me this:

078 Catholic Vestments Solemn Mass


If your church needs custom Catholic clipart, why not send Christine an Email? Although she’s a busy mother, she might be able to fulfill your needs. 1 Let’s start the process of restoring beauty and dignity to our churches!



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   As you can see by viewing her store, her prices are quite reasonable.