Chuck + Peg
Chuck Hoffman + Peg Carlson-Hoffman have long shared a ministry at the intersection of art and spirituality. They are artists deeply committed to finding common ground as a human family and working with the healing power of art in forgiveness and reconciliation.
Their practice of painting on the same canvas, at the same time, is a practice of holding two ideas long enough for something new to rise. Living in that tension is not a search for a compromise but working for something new and requires humility as curiosity’s companion. This pursuit carries over to their directorship at Holden. This art practice has both deepened their self-awareness as well as their sensitivity to one another.
Their work in places of conflict where physical walls divide communities has been particularly formative. Their experience in Belfast over the years runs especially deep, and is at the core of their sense of call to Holden at this time of building vital and vibrant work, and developing new programs for the village in its ongoing process of re-forming.
“We believe being trapped by the same way of thinking or safe, tried and true ideas of the past can become the walls that (divide) cut us off with a false sense of security. Perhaps what walls do most is separate us from the possibility of participating in relationship. Seeking relationship with one another can lead to growth and inspiration, and together, lead us into new territory. Holding creative tension in this meeting place offers an alternative from extremes and prevents us from rushing to judgment and demanding a complete resolution to things before we have learned what they have to teach us. Light comes from elsewhere as we remain in this creative tension, drawing out the unique bit of (creation’s) heaven’s mystery in each other to form a new beginning. We seek to create a visible sign of invisible grace.”
This is the creative process they bring into Holden Village.
Peg is a painter, lettering artist, and designer. She is a graduate of Augustana College and served as an artist and Creative Director for Hallmark Cards for over 21 years. Along with workshop facilitating, her passion for art and faith includes designing spaces and experiential environments for engaging the Holy.
Chuck, a painter, designer and workshop facilitator earned his BFA from Miami University and worked as an Associate Creative Director for the Walt Disney Company. He received the Art & Innovation Fellowship and the St. Paul Interfaith Scholarship Award from Luther Seminary, where Chuck completed his Master of Arts in Art and Theology. He was their first full time Artist In Residence. Chuck’s passion for the spiritual in art finds inspiration in the transcending connection of art and prayer, regardless of a person’s cultural background or religious tradition.
Together they have a deep desire to see people flourish and re-form their relationships with the earth, God and each other. They yearn to create a safe environment where all can begin to tell a more truthful story of our lives and where dialogue and hospitality create greater understanding.