Margaret Adams Parker


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Sponsoring Artist
First name
Margaret Adams
Last name
Virginia Theological Seminary
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First Image

Image No.1
Caption No.1
Mary as Prophet - "He has filled the hungry with good things" Luke 1:52
Description No.1
Virginia Theological Seminary commissioned this sculpture, which depicts Mary at the moment of prophecy with Elizabeth reaching out to protect her. Winner of a 2016 Faith & Form Honor Award.

Second Image

Image No.2
Caption No.2
Virgin of Guadalupe
Description No.2
Aquaresin with oil paint, commissioned by Iglesia Santa Maria, Falls Church, VA, for an outdoor grotto and meditation trail

Third Image

Image No.3
Caption No.3
Robe of Mercy from American Diptych
Description No.3
One of two paintings depicting Christ and Mary as African Americans at the time of the Great Migration. Acrylic on Aluminum panel

Arts data

Relation to Art
  • Artist
  • Christian Educator
Arts Media
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Print-making
Arts Proficiency
Artist Statement
I am called, as an artist, to bear witness to the world that I see around me and also to the ways that I understand that world. This yields not only images of beauty and tenderness but also images of suffering. As a liturgical artist I work in collaboration with congregations and religious institutions, aspiring to Create Beauty & Meaning for Sacred Spaces.

Church data

St Mary's Episcopal Church, Arlington

Additional information

Margaret Adams Parker is a sculptor, painter, and printmaker with an extensive record of exhibitions and commissions. Her works include the award-winning Mary as Prophet for Virginia Theological Seminary, Reconciliation for Duke Divinity School, Harriet Tubman for St Paul’s Church, Rock Creek Parish, Washington DC, The Communion of Saints for St. Agnes Catholic Church, Shepherdstown, WV, and a set of painted Stations of the Cross at the Duke University Chapel.

A Senior Lecturer at Virginia Theological Seminary, Parker is co-author, with Katherine Sonderegger, of Praying the Stations of the Cross, Finding Hope in a Weary Land (Eerdmans, 2019) and, with Ellen F. Davis, of Who are you, my
daughter? Reading Ruth through Image and Text (Westminster John Knox, 2003.) Her work is in the collection of the Library of Congress and has been published by Christian Century, Tikkun, Augsburg Fortress Press, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Parker holds the BA from Wellesley College, the MFA from American University, and has been awarded a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship. Parker served as Artist in Residence at the Luce Center for Art and Religion, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC, and as a Fellow with the Calvin College Summer Seminars and the Association for Religion & Intellectual Life.

Parker hopes to enlarge the canon of religious imagery by depicting holy figures as persons from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages. (Revelation 7:9)
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