Cairn University believes that truth, beauty, and goodness find their source in God and that artistic, creative endeavors manifest the divine image in humankind.

Now on display in the Connie A. Eastburn Gallery:

by Jaime Helbig

September 1 – December 18

Transformation, by Jaime Helbig, is a series of oil paintings that highlights emotions involved in change. The artist describes a survival of struggles, healing from addictions and the overcoming of human flaws.

Jaime Helbig became friends with a group of individuals who were going through a Christian based recovery program hosted at her church. She saw amazing changes take place in this group of otherwise hopeless people who had been labeled as failures by family members and friends. Helbig extended her selection of models beyond a recovery program to anyone who had gone through personal struggles. She chose to highlight one important element.  All of her models had one aspect of their experience in common. They all believed that their recovery came supernaturally.

Helbig asks for the models to reflect upon their recovery. They express reflection, remorse, and some show a sense of victory within their faces and body gestures. Lighting is significant, symbolizing the divine nature of their recovery. The composition, environment and pose also communicate symbolic meaning.

Helbig’s ultimate goal is to represent hope and victory through the stories of others. She plans to continue the series for years to come. Since all of humanity is born into struggles, models will always be plenteous.


Since its beginning in 2008, The Curator has sought to celebrate cultural artifacts and inspire its readers to engage deeply with–and ultimately create–culture which enriches life and broadens experience.

Andrea Fiori, Director of the Arts & Culture First Year Program, has just published a reflection on The Curator about the previous exhibit, New Perspectives.

Other Campus Exhibits

Cook Biblical Learning Center

Holy Sepulcher and John 20:3-4 • Maria Tarruella

Call to Missions series • Brad Guice

Thicket Repeating, El Olam, and Ruin • Mary Nees

Tree Grace II • Makoto Fujimura

Book of Light • Ted Prescott

Hymn 47- Great is Thy Faithfulness • Craig Hawkins

Smith Administration Building

Verge • Glenn Howell

Surrender • Rochelle Johnson

Bound and Determined and Veil • Mary Barton Nees

Mudding Through It • Marissa Voytenko

Power Issue Babel • Grace Carol Bomer

Lazarus, The Woman Healed, At the Pool of Siloam, The Blind Man, and Jarius’ Daughter • Barbra Februar

Law and Gospel • Sandra Bowden

Walker • Ted Prescott

Sign of the Fig Tree and Sign of the Almond Tree • Mary Barton Nees

To All The World • Judith (Raws) Dickinson

Straight Line to Heaven • Ted Prescott

Various Prints • Makoto Fujimura

Complexion of Time • Deborah Jencsik

The Veil Series • Ruth Naomi Floyd

Banished • Deborah Land

Taken Root, Bruised Reed, Kept, and Breathe • Mary Nees

The Roar of Refreshing • Pattie Ann Hale

Above the Grid • Matt Herbert

Prophet • Yvonne Valenza

Ten series • Joey Tamassoni

Music Building

Hymn 265 (It Is Well With My Soul) and Hymn 363 (And Can It Be That I Should Gain) • CraigHawkins

Masland Library

John Cawood, Th.D. • Judith (Raws) Dickinson

One Body, One Church • Peter Jelinek

Remnant I, Remnant II, and Remnant III • Mark D’Agusto

Mason Activity Center

In the Potter’s Hands, The Waiting Is the Hardest Part, and Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil • Crystal Neubauer

We Adore Three, The waves of the sea were hushed… Psalm 107:29 • Janice Skivington

Shadow of Creation and Take Flight • Nancy Lohmiller

Behind the Cloud • Dawn Waters Baker

Manor Residence Halls

Breaking Free II, Ablaze, and Dreamer • Susan Card

Heritage Hall

As For My House and Son • Robert Biesel

Ascent, Emerge No. 2, and Wellspring • Melissa Kreisa

Blessed in the City series • John and Eli Milan

Community Art Opportunities & Resources:

Cairn Community Arts AcademyCairn Community Arts Academy

White Stone GalleryWhite Stone Gallery
1817 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Asian Arts InitiativeAsian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Christians in the Visual ArtsChristians in the Visual Arts

Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks CountyArts & Cultural Council of Bucks County

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