Dr. Adil Ozdemir and Dr. Terence Nichols, co-directors of the University of St. Thomas’ Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, will discuss “Art in Islam and Christianity” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the 3M Auditorium of Owens Science Hall on the university’s St. Paul campus.

The Islamic Dome of the Rock can be seen from all over Jerusalem.

The Islamic Dome of the Rock can be seen from all over Jerusalem.

Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center and is part of Interfaith Art Partners: A Twin Cities Festival. For more information contact the center, (651) 962-5650, or visit the center’s website.

Ozdemir and Nichols are members of the St. Thomas theology faculty.

Both Islam and Christianity use art to communicate the glory and presence of God. But the understanding of art and the way it is used differ somewhat in each tradition. In their presentation, Ozdemir and Nichols will explore the similarities as well as the differences in the use of art in Islam and Christianity.

The St. Paul Cathedral can be seen from many areas of St. Paul.

The St. Paul Cathedral can be seen from many areas of St. Paul.

Interfaith Art Partners, as described on its website, “is a collaborative festival of Twin Cities institutions that have come together to promote the arts as a catalyst for conversation within the context of faith and spirituality.

“The goal of this collaboration is to advance an understanding of the diverse communities, cultures, faith traditions and spiritual beliefs in the broader community.”