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Jerry Holsopple

DEPARTMENT: Visual & Communication Arts Dept

POSITION: Professor of Visual & Comm Art

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | UC 275B

PHONE: (540) 432-4215

EMAIL: jerry.holsopple@emu.edu

Jerry Holsopple, an artist, photographer and renowned videographer, teaches photography and digital media-related courses. Jerry was the Artist in Residence at The Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary during the fall of 2015. He created a major project, 7×7: Laments for an Age of Sexualized Power. Jerry spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a Fulbright scholar at LCC International University in Lithuania. Jerry is the recipient of more than a dozen awards in recognition of his video, public service announcements, and websites. Journey Toward Forgiveness, a documentary that he produced, originally aired on ABC in December of 2001 and was aired again in 2003 and 2008 on the Hallmark Channel. Jerry’s photographic work has periodically been on exhibit and two series, “On the Way” and “Art of the Call” are permanently installed. While much of Jerry’s work focuses on the visual he also enjoys playing acoustic stringed instruments such as guitars, mandolins and bouzoukis, and writing songs. Jerry and his wife Mary, have two children, Dirk and Kate.


BS, Eastern Mennonite University
MDIV, Associate Mennonite Bibilical Seminary
PHD, European Graduate School


Photograph. O Magazine (2017, March, 113).

Writing Icons. Purpose (2012, April).

Loving-kindness (Painted icon, 2011). The Canadian Mennonite. (2011, April 18). [Cover photograph].

Mary with Tears (photograph). The Canadian Mennonite. (2011, April 18, 16).

Daughters. (digitography) Christians in the Visual Arts 2009-2010 Directory. (2009, 95).

Dry and Weary. (digitography) The Christian Century. (2009, March 24, 47).

Dry and Weary, The Christian Century, March 24, 2009, Vol. 126, No. 6, pg. 47

[Cover photograph]. The Mennonite. (2008, April 15)

[three photographs published]. Hasselblad Forum, 02, 47 (a three-language international master photography magazine published in Sweden).

Media Matters


Monthly media review for this section of thirdway.com

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

Laments for an Age of Sexualized Power: Discoveries in the Process of Art Making. {colloquium] Eastern Mennonite University. Harrisonburg, Virginia. (2016)

Anabaptism in a Visual Age. {keynote address] Anabaptist Communicators Conference. Harrisonburg, Virginia. (2011)

In the land of Mary: exploring a Franciscan sculptor and Orthodox icons in post-Soviet Lithuania. Conference:My Spirit Rejoices in God, My Savior: Mary in Anabaptist Dress. Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries. Elkhart, Indiana. (2011)

Attachment and the Process of Documentary Filmmaking. (with Moore, P). Conference: Conversations on Attachment. Eastern Mennonite University. Harrisonburg. (2011)

Immersion and Framing: Teaching, Living and Image-Making in Lithuania. Colloquium. Eastern Mennonite University. Harrisonburg. (2010)

Entertainment: The Ideal Fetish to Accompany Cultural Homogeny at the Conference: Responses to Cultural Homogeny: Engagement, Resistance or Passivity, LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania, ( 2010)

Documentary Production Ethics and Issues, Screening/Class/Open Forum, Roberts Wesleyan University (2008)