John C. Giuliani Foundation for Religious Art Awards Grant
The John C. Giuliani Foundation for Religious Art has awarded the Episcopal School of Nashville a $2,000 grant for the purpose of creating and implementing a religious iconography program in our elementary school’s Art department. Through this generous grant Episcopal School children will study the history of religious icon painting and learn to paint their own icons. Father John Giuliani, a Benedictine Monk, is a recipient of the Mother Theresa Award and is known worldwide as a painter of American Indian Religious icons. Prior to the grant Father John Giuliani sent a dozen prints of his most famous works to hang in the Episcopal School library; paintings such as the holy family depicted as Kiowa Indians, and Episcopal School’s patron saint, Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks. The unusual pairing of a Benedictine Monk from Connecticut and Episcopal School of Nashville began when board chair, Ketch Secor, travelled to The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and saw examples of Father Giuliani’s work hanging in the schools where Ketch and his band performed.