Irenic Projects is an arts initiative at Missiongathering Pasadena. Led by Artist-in-Residence, Gregory Michael Hernandez, Irenic Projects seeks to create space at the intersection of Christianity and art. The worlds of faith and beauty are interwoven and benefit from dialogue. Irenic Projects oversees various artists who have studios on the church property and our Exhibition Program. A list of our current and past shows can be seen below. If you are interested in collaborating, hosting a arts based events, or learning more about Irenic Projects, please reach out at


#8 “Light Works” by Sheila Pinkel

July 24-September 5, 2021

Contact Artist-in-Residence, Mike Hernandez, at to view the show.

Sheila Pinkel is an American visual artist, activist, and educator whose artwork makes visible the invisible in nature and culture.  Her broad range of work includes experimental light studies, including cameraless photography, socio-anthropological projects and works addressing political issues.  She is an emerita professor of art at Pomona College, where she taught photography and computer graphics, and is an international editor of “Leonardo,” an academic journal published by MIT Press devoted to the intersection of art, science, and technology.

Using light-sensitive emulsions and advanced technologies, she explored light phenomena as a graduate student at UCLA. She received her MFA in photography from UCLA in 1977. Her response to the 1980s resulted in creative pursuits that alternated between light studies and political activism. Pinkel investigated the U.S. military-industrial complex and critiqued its destructive effects on international relations, the environment and health, and the unsustainable demand on resources. Her “consumer research” project examined American consumption patterns and the politics of language to monetize the American Dream. She has focused on the plight of refugees and worker rights, and since 1999 has done a body of work about the U.S. prison industrial complex.

The light works of Sheila Pinkel counteract the emotional brutality of staring directly into human suffering by exploring visual phenomena. The political dimension in these works resides in their revealing unseen potential in nature and new possibilities for exploration. To be human is to experience joy and suffering. In our present moment we live in an economy of surveillance in which both of these states are exploited. Pinkel’s work represents an unfettered imagination, a powerful refusal to be dehumanized by the technological revolution.


Previous Shows

#7 “Presence Requested” Guest Curated by Cassie Riger

May 15-June 26, 2021


Additional Shows & Events

USC Roski School of Art and Design’s BFA Senior Culmination Exhibtion

“Another Day, Another Way”

April 19-30, 2021