EMU Names Augsburger ‘Distinguished Artist’

Esther with dedicated artworkThe wall behind the podium at the front of Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s Martin Chapel had been bare. Now, anyone seated in the audience is drawn to a striking palette of rich colors, swirling brush strokes and symbols.

A three-panel triptych, created by Esther K. Augsburger of Harrisonburg, was formally dedicated Jan. 22 during the closing worship service of the annual School for Leadership Training held at the seminary.

Seminary dean Ervin R. Stutzman gave a tribute to the artist prepared by EMU provost Beryl H. Brubaker, who was unable to be present, then surprised her by announcing that Eastern Mennonite University was naming Mrs. Augsburger “distinguished artist in residence.”

The honor seeks to recognize a person “who has made significant ongoing contributions to the enrichment of the university,” Dr. Stutzman said.