Jerry Holsopple

Jerry Holsopple

Office Phone: (540) 432-4215


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: UC 275B

Professor of Visual & Comm Art

Visual & Communication Arts Dept

Jerry Holsopple, an artist, photographer and renowned videographer, teaches photography and digital media-related courses. Jerry was the Artist in Residence at The Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary during the fall of 2015. He created a major project, 7×7: Laments for an Age of Sexualized Power. Jerry spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a Fulbright scholar at LCC International University in Lithuania. Jerry is the recipient of more than a dozen awards in recognition of his video, public service announcements, and websites. Journey Toward Forgiveness, a documentary that he produced, originally aired on ABC in December of 2001 and was aired again in 2003 and 2008 on the Hallmark Channel. Jerry’s photographic work has periodically been on exhibit and two series, “On the Way” and “Art of the Call” are permanently installed. While much of Jerry’s work focuses on the visual he also enjoys playing acoustic stringed instruments such as guitars, mandolins and bouzoukis, and writing songs. Jerry and his wife Mary, have two children, Dirk and Kate.


Ph.D., European Graduate School, 2003
M.Div., Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1987
B.S., Eastern Mennonite University 1980


Photograph. O Magazine (2017, March, 113).

Writing Icons. Purpose (2012, April).

Loving-kindness (Painted icon, 2011). The Canadian Mennonite. (2011, April 18). [Cover photograph].

Mary with Tears (photograph). The Canadian Mennonite. (2011, April 18, 16).

Daughters. (digitography) Christians in the Visual Arts 2009-2010 Directory. (2009, 95).

Dry and Weary. (digitography) The Christian Century. (2009, March 24, 47).

Dry and Weary, The Christian Century, March 24, 2009, Vol. 126, No. 6, pg. 47

[Cover photograph]. The Mennonite. (2008, April 15)

[three photographs published]. Hasselblad Forum, 02, 47 (a three-language international master photography magazine published in Sweden).

Media Matters
Monthly media review for this section of

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

Laments for an Age of Sexualized Power: Discoveries in the Process of Art Making. {colloquium] Eastern Mennonite University. Harrisonburg, Virginia. (2016)

Anabaptism in a Visual Age. {keynote address] Anabaptist Communicators Conference. Harrisonburg, Virginia. (2011)

In the land of Mary: exploring a Franciscan sculptor and Orthodox icons in post-Soviet Lithuania. Conference:My Spirit Rejoices in God, My Savior: Mary in Anabaptist Dress. Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries. Elkhart, Indiana. (2011)

Attachment and the Process of Documentary Filmmaking. (with Moore, P). Conference: Conversations on Attachment. Eastern Mennonite University. Harrisonburg. (2011)

Immersion and Framing: Teaching, Living and Image-Making in Lithuania. Colloquium. Eastern Mennonite University. Harrisonburg. (2010)

Entertainment: The Ideal Fetish to Accompany Cultural Homogeny at the Conference: Responses to Cultural Homogeny: Engagement, Resistance or Passivity, LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania, ( 2010)

Documentary Production Ethics and Issues, Screening/Class/Open Forum, Roberts Wesleyan University (2008)

Exhibits, Performances and Productions

Art & Photography Exhibitions, Juried/Selected:

United? in Cherry Bounce (group show, 2016). William King Museum of Art. [paint, photographic ink transfers]. Abingdon, VA.

Wind of the Spirit, Fire in the Bones and Named, in Art and Text: Images, Concepts and Insights (A juried three-year traveling exhibition limited to twelve artists). [Digitography prints on canvas]. (opening January 2009) Washington, D.C: Christians in the Visual Arts

Art & Photography Exhibitions and Installations:

??7×7: Laments for an Age of Sexualized Power ?? (2016)

  • Transformation Festival. New York, NY.
  • Gehman Gallery, Harrisonburg VA.
  • Dadian Gallery, Luce Center For Art and Religion, Washington, DC.

Traces of a Social Movement: The Baltic Way (2014)

  • European Union House. Riga. Latvia.
  • LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania.
  • Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Chicago. IL.
  • Gehman Gallery, Harrisonburg VA.

Into the Window [7 painted/gilded icons. 4 interpretive panels]. Asbury United Methodist Church. Harrisonburg, VA (2014)

Hodegetria [painted icon, installation]. The Holy Myrrhbearers Orthodox Christian Church, Harrisonburg. (2012).

God With Us [four-panel dalle-verre stained glass installation] Immanuel Mennonite Church (2012)

The Blessing Christ [painted icon, Seminary Senior Gift]. Eastern Mennonite Seminary, prayer room. (2011)

Into the Window, Margaret E. Gehman Gallery, EMU, (2010-11)

the magnificat, in group show, Mary: Still Bringing the Magnificat into the World, Asbury United Methodist Church, Harrisonburg, (2010)

Baltic Infrared Images, Faculty Group Show, Hartzler Library Gallery, EMU, (2010)

Baltic Infrared Images, Faculty Group Show, Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, (2010)

With Pleasure, With Meaning, Curator, Neufeld Gallery, LCC International University, Klaipeda Lithuania, (2010)

What the Eye Can’t See: Infrared Images from the Baltics, Neufeld Gallery, LCC International University, Klaipeda Lithuania, (2009)

Broken(a dalle-verre stained glass cross 12’ by 6’) commissioned for Mennonite Youth Convention stage, Columbus Ohio, 2009

Mary, (nine-piece digitographic show), EMU Hartzler Library Gallery, VACA Faculty Show, October, 2007

With Mary, (eleven-piece digitographic show in progress), Immanuel Mennonite Church, 2007

Art of the Call, (seven-piece digitographic show), Philadelphia Mennonite High School (permanent installation),2006, Eastern Mennonite Seminary (permanent installation), 2006

On the Way, (nine-piece digitographic show), Immanuel Mennonite Church (permanent installation), 2004,
EMU, Lehman Auditorium (permanent installation), 2005


Video Designer & Video Director. Distant Witness (original theater production). Mainstage Theater, Eastern Mennonite University. Harrisonburg, VA.

Reflections of a Traveler (6-short visual meditations) School for Leadership Training, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 2009

Ex. Producer, 90th Anniversary Video, 2007
Ex. Producer, the Value of Experience (Vietnam CC) 2007
Ex. Producer, LEAP 2007, LEAP 2006, LEAP 2005, LEAP 2004

Journey Toward Forgiveness, Dir./Prod. Jerry Holsopple, ABC, 2001, Hallmark Channel, 2003, 2008, DVD (and three supplemental videos), 2001

  • United States International Film Festival: Second Place—Silver Screen Award (2001)
  • The Videographer Awards: Award of Excellence (2001)

Rhythms of Peace
Producer, director, editor, writer, animator, original music (3 editions) (1997-2000) DVD, 2006

  • The Communicator Awards: Crystal Award of Excellence (2000,1997)
  • Telly Awards: Bronze (2000)

Beyond the News
Producer, writer, editor for the first 11 editions in this series (1993-2000) DVD (five compilations), 2006

Cloud of Witnesses
Producer, writer, editor (3 international editions) 1996-1997

Turning Toward Jesus (4 videos & 120 page book)
Producer, writer, editor for this 16-session curriculum (box illustration art) 1995

Shalom Lifestyles: Whole People Whole Earth (2 videos & 2 books) Producer, writer, editor for this 15-session curriculum (two multi-part videos). 1991, 1992

Fisheyes (7 video series) Producer, director, editor, 1995


Thirdway Cafe,
Conceptualized, designed, and programmed the original Mennonite Media site.

Journey Toward Forgiveness,
graphic design

Church, Community and Professional Service

Portfolio Reviewer: Society for Photographic Education, National Conference (2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)

Peer Reviewer: CIES (Fulbright Scholars), 2011, 2012, 2013

Mennonite Youth Convention: Live video production/ summary videos, director, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009

Honors, Awards and Grants

Certificate of Merit for Video Design, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, 2016

Artist in Residence, The Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC (2015)

Fulbright Scholar, 2009-2010, LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania

Selected Awards(for video production and internet site design)

  • The Communicator Awards: Crystal Award of Excellence & Crystal Award of Distinction
  • Telly Awards: Winner and Bronze
  • United States International Film: Silver Screen Award
  • U.S. Industrial Film and Video Festival: Certificate for Creative Excellence
  • The Videographer Awards: Award of Excellence & Award of Distinction

Professional Memberships

American Photographic Artists
Society for Photographic Education
Christians in the Visual Arts
Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies
Center for Visual Music

Professional Conferences Attended

Family Values, (SPE), Orlando, 2017
Atmospheres: Climate, Equity and Community in Photography, (SPE), New Orleans, 2015
Collaborative Exchanges: Photography in Dialogue, (SPE), Baltimore, 2014
Conferring Significance: Celebrating Photography’s Continuum, (SPE), 2013
Teaching Photography on Line, VASA Project, Spring, 2012
Encaustic Painting and Mixed Media Lab, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, March 2012
LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, June, 2011
Science, Poetry and the Photographic Image, (SPE), Atlanta, 2011
Ideas for the Future, International Digital Media Mixed Media and Arts Association Conference, Savannah, November 2008 (Registration Scholarship recipient)
Digital Printmaking (Booksmart Studio), Rochester, 2008

New Courses Taught

Documentary Photography
Cinema and Visual Communication Theory
Color Photography
Contemporary Religious Imagination (EMS)

EMU Service

Lithuania Cross-Cultural Leader, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016

Faculty Status Committee
Faculty Scholarship Committee

Intellectual Life Committee
Centennial Planning Committee
Attachment Conference Technology