Church Ceiling Painting by Visual Arts Professor to be Dedicated

Bethel College’s Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts Christopher Stackowicz will showcase his new ceiling painting at the Dedication Mass for Queen of Peace Catholic Church, on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 5:30 p.m. The event will coincide with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and will be held at Queen of Peace Church located on 4508 Vistula Rd. in Mishawaka, Ind. The mass is open to the public.

Commissioned in April of 2012 to start the piece, Stackowicz says this project is part of the church’s beautification process. The 12-by-24-foot illusionistic ceiling painting, now hanging inside the sanctuary, reveals the architecture of the actual church. It also showcases the opening up of the domes of heaven, which includes the same view of the clear skies with constellations and stars on the night the church was dedicated in 1958. On each of the four corners, angels hold a shield representing the characteristics of the Virgin Mary.

Stackowicz received assistance in painting the angels from Bethel senior Kaitlyn Ramirez who is majoring in   visual arts with a concentration in painting. Ramirez is a part of an apprenticeship program within the visual arts department, which requires her to work on a piece with an actual artist.

About Christopher Stackowicz

Stackowicz’ artistic specialties are in painting and interactive panoramic photography. His primary area of research is creating interactive photographs and applications for display, research and as a vehicle for better understanding the site of antiquity. He has worked for the past 13 years as an editor, photographer, and web designer and interactive media specialist for Dr. Robin Rhodes on his Greek Architecture at Corinth project. 

He has also worked on a variety of projects for the American School of Classical Studies in Athens as a conservation photographer and as the editor and coordinator for the upcoming Athenian Agora Site Guide iBook, the interactive panoramic photographer for the SHARP project at Korphos, and for the Snite Museum. 

As a painter, his work is owned by numerous collections and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He is very active in the local arts community and his work can be seen all over town. Recently, he finished an outdoor public mural at Bar Louie at University Park Mall. He is a member of Queen of Peace Parish and is a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He earned his B.F.A. from Notre Dame in 1999 and his M.F.A. from Stony Brook University in 2002.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.