Special Exhibition and Related Public Programs Explore “What Makes a Place Holy?”

community forum

The Phipps is proud to present “In This Place: What Makes a Place Holy?” a multi-faceted program aimed at bringing together the community of Hudson and, more broadly, the St. Croix River Valley, to explore the ways we experience something as holy and reflect on how these experiences impact who we are and how we relate to one another. Its focus is on the lands of the Qur’an, the Torah, and the Bible, from ancient times to the present, and on the multiplicity of ways people experience these places as holy.

  • In This Place: What Makes a Place Holy?” gallery exhibit will be on view October 27 through December 3, in the Atrium Gallery, Lobby, and Gallery One at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. The featured artists are Hend Al-Mansour, Susan Armington, and Sylvia Horwitz. Four special events, including an opening celebration, lecture, community forum, and music performance, will be presented in conjunction with the show, and docent-led tours of the exhibition are available. The artists come from three religious traditions: Hend Al-Mansour is Muslim, Susan Armington is Christian, and Sylvia Horwitz is Jewish. Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12 noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.
  • The opening celebration, on Sunday, October 29, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., is free and open to the public. Meet the artists and enjoy music by Egyptian violinist Salah Abdel Fattah and Sephardic vocalist David Jordan Harris.
  • The lecture, “Sacred Spaces in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam”, by David Penchansky, will be held on Tuesday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hudson United Methodist Church, at 1401 Laurel Avenue. Penchansky is professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, where he has taught since 1989. In this free talk, he will survey the origins of sacred spaces in the three scriptures, the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur’an, and the traditions that proceed from them. This event is sponsored by The United Methodist Churches of the St. Croix Valley.
  • The Phipps will host a community forum on Thursday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m., in the Black Box Theater, “Different Voices: Shared Visions” with panelists Daniel Bruch, Ozcan Kilic, Dean Simpson, and Rob Wertheimer. This free public event will begin with a short presentation about what the three religions share, historically and theologically. This will be followed by short presentations by each panelist, and then the conversation will be opened for audience participation. “Different Voices: Shared Visions” is a part of the regular programming of The River Channel (Comcast cable 6 and 15), Hudson/North Hudson Community Access Television. It is also available on YouTube and other cable channels in Wisconsin. The community forum will be recorded for broadcast.
  • On Saturday, November 25, at 7:30 p.m., The Phipps is pleased to present a music performance by The Rose Ensemble, “Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims”. This award-winning ensemble, which has thrilled audiences across the United States and Europe, will perform an entertaining and enlightening program that is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, in a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and culture. Tickets are $28 for adults and $21 for students of any age.
  • Docent-led tours of In This Place will be offered prior to both the community forum and The Rose Ensemble performance, at 6:00 p.m. on November 9, and at both 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. on November 25. In addition, you may schedule a private group tour by contacting Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at 715-386-2305 or