CSRF Feature

Virginia Wesleyan Students Create Artistic Expressions of Religious Freedom

This spring semester, the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom collaborated with Virginia Wesleyan Art Professor Sharon Swift to create a student contest that would engage art students in creative expressions of religious freedom.

Students in Professor Swift’s digital art course were asked to select a quotation from an American president on the topic of religious freedom, and then use photo manipulations, color, typestyles, page design, and composition to create original, digital artworks.

The winners were announced on Friday, April 28, 2017, when the CSRF welcomed the campus community to a display featuring the digital art creations. The winning images show the breadth of design styles, as well as the breadth of presidential perspectives on America’s First Freedom.

Congratulations to our creative and talented student winners:


Aaron Aranda ’18 (First Place, John F. Kennedy)
Criminal Justice Major from Ivor, VA


Justin Watson ’17 (First Place, James Madison)
Communication Major from Suffolk, VA


Austin Davis ’19 (Herbert Hoover)
Biology Major from Chesapeake, VA


Stephanie Fury ’18 (Theodore Roosevelt)
Psychology Major from Virginia Beach, VA


Allison Heitsman ’17 (John Tyler)
Criminal Justice Major from Littleton, CO


Alexander Jahn ’17 (Dwight Eisenhower)
Psychology Major from Fairfax County, VA


Kylea McCarel ’20 (Ronald Reagan)
Communication Major from Virginia Beach, VA


Courtney Primero ’18 (Bill Clinton)
Psychology Major from Virginia Beach, VA


Rodney Queen ’17 (George W. Bush)
Communication & Religious Studies Double Major from Norfolk, VA


Myles Stevens ’19 (George Washington)
Recreation & Leisure Studies Major from Caroline County, VA


Jakivia Swanston ’19 (Barack Obama)
Art Major from Jacksonville, NC