Caleb Froehlich

PHD CANDIDATE

Hometown
Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Caleb grew up outside of the USA in Lima and Arequipa, Peru; Rivera and Montevideo, Uruguay; and Quito, Ecuador.

Education
MLitt, Theology, Imagination and the Arts, University of St Andrews
MA, Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
BA, Bible and Theology, Simpson University

Thesis topic
Under the supervision of George Corbett, Caleb’s project examines how ostensibly non-religious art opens up or introduces people to religion. It centres on the works of Mark Rothko, Richard Adams, Ingmar Bergman and Bob Dylan and asks the following questions: Why did these pieces resonate with Americans in the first half of the 1970s? What formal and thematic meanings did they convey to their audiences? How might these meanings encourage engagement with religion? And what insights can this provide about the role of art in today’s religious climate?

Other information
Caleb has participated in a number of artistic collaborations. Before moving to the UK, he served at the Harbor, a non-denominational community of faith, as the Creative Director, working closely with a team of local artists on projects which sought to communicate scriptural truths to those inside and outside the congregation. In one of these projects, he partnered with the street artist David Popa to create five massive mixed media paintings for the sanctuary foyer. Since arriving at St Andrews, Caleb has collaborated with the composer Seán Doherty to produce a new choral setting for ITIA’s TheoArtistry project. He currently serves as the coordinator for TheoArtistry’s Poets Scheme.

When he has time, Caleb enjoys exploring castle ruins, learning about local folklore, trying unique foods and sketching.

Contact Information
cmf20@st-andrews.ac.uk