Robert Pitts joins Zygon Center for Religion and Science as 2016 Artist in Residence

The Zygon Center for Religion and Science at that Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago welcomes Robert Pitts as 2016 Artist in Residence.


Pitts is an accomplished, self-taught, Chicago-based photographer. Artists, activists, and the joy and suffering of the human condition have been his primary subjects.  His recent work in photojournalism has captured the #OccupyChicago movement and the new Civil Rights Awakening with #BlackLivesMatter.  His impressive portfolio can be found at:

As the 2016 artist in residence, Pitts is collaborating with Dr. Lea Schweitz, Director of the Zygon Center and Associate Professor at the Lutheran School of Theology, on a project that develops a theology of urban nature.  “Nature, cities, theology, and spiritual formation are one of the crossroads for a public church, and we are delighted to have Robert Pitts join the this project.  His photography captures the heart and soul of his subjects. We are eagerly anticipating the images that will emerge as he turns this lens to the vibrant, sometimes unexpected, natural landscapes of Chicago.”

Pitts’ residency will culminate in a public show and reception in December 2016, and his photography will be featured on the Zygon Center website and at the project website:

Pitts’ residency is supported by the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, the Lutheran School of Theology at the Chicago and, in part, through a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, via the Enhancing Life Project at the University of Chicago:

The Zygon Center is dedicated to relating religious traditions and scientific knowledge in order to gain insight into the origins, nature, and destiny of humans and their environment. Zygon Center brings together scientists, theologians, philosophers and other scholars to address basic questions and issues of human concern.

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