New Perspectives on the Way of the Cross | February 21 to March 20

New Perspectives on the Way of the Cross

Photo: Artist Jory Mertens with his version of Station V

Art that feeds the Soul

Joplin, MO: St. Philip’s Episcopal Church today announced their 2024 Lenten Art Exhibit, New Perspectives on The Way of the Cross. The Way of the Cross is a virtual pilgrimage and spiritual experience using 14 images that depict Jesus on his journey from judgment by Pilate through his Crucifixion. In this physical, mental, and spiritual activity, people move from each station to the next pausing to pray and reflect with Jesus on his final journey. 

The New Perspectives exhibit features 14 traditional oil paintings (circa 1868) paired with 14 pieces by 6 contemporary artists: Jory Mertens, Susan Bewick, Jordan Murdock, Brenda Squyres, Carol Peterson, and Ted Estes. The art media varies with examples of: painting in oil, water color, and acrylics, quilting/fiber arts, digital imaging, photography, and collage. The artwork will be installed at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church located at 706 S. Byers Ave, Joplin, MO. Enter from the double doors under the St. Philips Red Awning on the south parking lot.

This spiritual experience will open to the public on:  

  • First Sunday in Lent, February 18, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. 
  • On Wednesdays of Lent from February 21 to March 20 from 5pm to 6:30pm
  • On these Wednesdays, a guided Way of the Cross at 5:30pm 
  • And a Lenten program from 7pm to 8pm featuring at least one of our contemporary artists discussing their artistic process and a group discussion of the themes present in the Stations of the Cross. 
  • A limited number of private viewings for groups of 10 or more may be scheduled by calling the church at 417-623-6893.


St. Philip’s Episcopal Church has served Joplin since 1874 and has been located at the corner of 7th and Byers Ave since 1891. In addition to its Christian ministries and outreach, St. Philip’s Church has supported the musical, visual, and dramatic arts in Joplin since1884.