Five years since a devastating fire destroyed 2500 pieces of artwork from the Biblical Arts Center, the new Museum of Biblical Art held their grand re-opening on April 2, 2010, Good Friday with free admission for museum visitors. The museum is located across from NorthPark mall.
If you have never been to the original museum (fka: The Biblical Arts Center) you are in for a treat when you visit this beautiful structure that continues to grow with a vast array of religious art that will continue to see growth in years to come. The artwork featured is very diverse with galleries that feature biblical archeology, religious architecture, European art, African-American and Hispanic art, Jewish art and works by Israeli artists.
This new museum will feature:
- 20,000 square feet of Expanded Art Galleries
- New main attraction Art or Artwork
- Spacious Atrium and Reception Area
- Biblical Archeology Gallery
- Architectural Research Library and Archive
- Jewish Ceremonial Art Gallery
- Grand Entrance with covered entry on Boedeker Drive across from NorthPark Center
- Damascus Gate and Ceremonial Entryway
- Art Conservatory and Restoration Laboratory
- Golden Ziggurat, reminiscent of ancient stepped pyramids from the time of Abraham, surrounded by 36 windows providing light to the Atrium
- Expanded Space for Community Service Use — for Weddings, Receptions, and Meetings
- Bible Meditation Garden featuring a variety of native plants, trees and herbs of Israel
- Additional Exhibit and Colonnade Galleries
Artwork and Present Artists
Currently on display in the Atrium is “Tapestry of the Centuries” by Vladimir Gorsky. The MBA will be holding a special unveiling and reception of this artists’ famous piece on Friday, April 9, 2010 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Gorsky has a colorful style of art and the piece is representative of 2,000 years of culture and history.
The artwork on display showcases many artists internationally, nationally as well as locally from Dallas. A local Dallas African-American artist, Arthello Beck Jr. (July 17, 1941 – November 5, 2004), has artwork showcased there which include pieces such as Old Fashion Baptism, with a depiction of a baptism.
Other artists with powerful renditions are Ron DiCianni, with oil on canvas works such as “The Clay,” “In the Wilderness” and the very popular and powerful work of art, “Spiritual Warfare.” This piece is a modern day father, praying at the bed of his child with the artist’s rendition of the angel of light and darkness fighting in the background. This is reminiscent of mankind’s continuous struggle in the current age.
Another artist with a prominent display in the main banquet/event area as well as in the museum itself is Harry Antis. On Harry’s site, he goes on to describe how he created the 12 “Christian Cameos” of which the original oil on canvas is on display at the museum. They include:
- The Nativity
- The Temptation
- Jesus and Nicodemus
- Parable of the Sower
- Washing of Disciple’s Feet
- First Communion
- Way of the Cross
- Mary on Saturday
- The Bride
The new museum is a must see for the entire family and they are continually seeking donations and volunteers to accommodate their growth. For more information and for current events, please visit the Museum of Biblical Art or call them at (214) 368-4MBA (4622).
7500 Park Lane • Dallas, Texas 75225 •
Regular hours starting Tuesday, April 6, 2010:
Tuesdays – Saturdays – 11:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sundays – 1 – 4 p.m.