2023 INTERVIEW WITH JAN
In October 2022, The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture hosted Jan Dilenschneider’s art exhibition
Art Unites Us: The Healing Power of Beauty.
Jan’s artist statement
We live in increasingly polarized times, with divisions running so deep that any hope of restoring civility, let alone charity, seems a poet’s dream. But beauty beckons to our better angels and reminds us, through the hands of talented artists like Dilenschneider, that all is not lost; that, despite our differences, healing—within our national politics, within our local communities, and within our individual souls—can happen. At its best, an encounter with beautiful art can, to quote Pope Benedict, serve as an arrow that “strikes the heart and in this way opens our eyes;” to the true and the good in the world.