Project Art

This web site was developed by the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, a project of Lilly Endowment based at Valparaiso University.  The Valparaiso Project launched as a way to extend the invitation offered in Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People (1997; second edition, 2010).  Both book and website explore twelve time-honored practice shaped by the Christian community over the centuries and still richly relevant to contemporary experience.  These Christian practices are shared activities that address fundamental human needs and that, when woven together, form a way of life that is faithful and has integrity.

John August Swanson


Swanson makes his home in Los Angeles, California, where he was born in 1938. He paints in oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media, and is an independent printmaker of limited edition serigraphs, lithographs and etchings.

Swanson's "Festival of Lights" is the front jacket illustration for the book Practicing Our Faith and is used on this website by permission of the artist. The original acrylic painting is 37" by 29" and the redesigned serigraph is 30 1/2" by 24".

To see more of Swanson's artwork, visit

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