Catherine Andrews Kapikian

Catherine Kapikian

Title: Distinguished Artist-in-Residence
Company: Wesley Theological Seminary
Location: Washington, DC, United States

Catherine Andrews Kapikian, Distinguished Artist-In-Residence at Wesley Theological Seminary, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in liturgical art.

With 45 years of experience creating liturgical art backing her, Ms. Kapikian has been a distinguished artist-in-residence with Wesley Theological Seminary since 2009.  In addition, she is Founder and Director Emerita of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion since 2001.  She conceived its origin in 1983 after which the Henry Luce Foundation supported its initiatives with three grants followed by an endowment. She began with the school as an artist-in-residence in 1979, and she was previously a general illustrator with the National Institutes of Health from 1959 to 1961.

Having engaged with arts and crafts materials from a very early age and encouraged by her artistic parents, Ms. Kapikian entered the School of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University from 1957 to 1959. Then she transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, interrupted her studies with marriage, and subsequently earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland in 1963. Later she earned a Master of Theological Studies, summa cum laude, from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1979.

Catherine Kapikian ArtThroughout her career, Ms. Kapikian has worked at the intersection of art and theology through her publications, service on boards of directors, lecturing and teaching.  In 2017 she was one of 16 artists (only US artist) invited to exhibit a work interpretive of the 16th Station in the annual Stations of the Cross Exhibition at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia.  She spoke at the event’s second opening in Sydney, Australia.

Ms. Kapikian, as a site-specific artist, thrives in working relationships with communities. Instead of successful, she prefers to consider herself invested and grateful.  Engagement with creative processes has been a life-long pursuit.  Ms. Kapikian cherishes her family and is particularly proud of her husband Dr. Albert Kapikian’s extraordinary achievements in research medicine.  Together they delight in their three sons.


For more:


Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion

Wesley Seminary

Press Release

Lifetime Achievement

Contact Ms. Kapikian


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