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The Old & New Project is a collaborative design project realized by Jim LePage and Troy Deshano that “exhibits works themed on Biblical stories and passages….attempting to replace popular, yet sometimes low-quality, contemporary Biblical artwork with the kind of accessible and honorable work that has historically been associated with the Bible.” On the site, Jim and Troy say they are not attempting to convert anyone or create religious propaganda. They say that they “want, in fact we need, artists from all types of faith perspectives….including those who have had a really negative experience with the church, agnostics and atheists.”
As each design is posted, prints are made available through the Old & New’s Society6 shop and all proceeds will go to a particular charity. For the current round, the charity is Blood Water Mission, an organization that focuses on empowering communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.
I’m very proud to be a part of this project, as I’m currently working on my design. I find the project a fascinating endeavor and I’m curious to see where it’ll go from here. So far, great designs by Cassie McDaniel (that’s hers posted above), Andrew Lyons, Nate Utesch, Lydia Nichols, Lisa Romero, among others have been posted. Check them out here.