By Gregory A. Disney-Britton

Hey there. Our names are Ernest and Gregory Disney-Britton, and we're Christians, blue shirt devotees (see photo below), and collectors of art of the religious imagination. Today, the 40+ religious-themed works in our tiny but growing collection include both established and emerging artists from across the USA, and several other countries including Brazil, Haiti, Mexico, Philippines, and Senegal. A few names in the Alpha Omega Collection that you might recognize are Anila Quayyum Agha, Romero Britto, Nicollo Cosme, Salvador Dali, Tony Melendez, and Tom Torluemke.
Ernest O. (left) and Gregory A. Disney-Britton (right) at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
I'm a Methodist and Ernest is Roman Catholic. By day, I work in telecommunications and Ernest is an arts administrator. We're both longtime members of a local non-denominational church which was also the site of our first date in 2007. Most of our personal collection is a way to reflect back to that first date and includes many of the artists of faith we've met since that time. In 2008, we created Alpha Omega Arts after Ernest took a foundation job in NYC. It started out as a daily email for his friends back home describing the ever-vibrant artistic & religious diversity of the city, and it soon became a blog. Our mission/vision is:
  • Mission: We promote artists with religious imagination
  • Vision: The art world values religious expression once again  
Today we live in Indianapolis where we aggregate the daily news about Buddhist artChristian artHindu artIslamic artJewish art, and continue to share our own reflections on Sundays! We also co-chair the annual meeting of the Alpha & Omega Project for Contemporary Religious Arts which awards the Alpha Omega Prize for art that promotes religious dialogue. Other members include Rev. Joshua Burkholder, Pastor Vivian Ampy, Ginger Bievenour, and Ted Givens. Established in 2008, the prize is determined by AOA subscribers, and announced each year on November 1st.

The project logo for AOA is inspired by the labyrinths created by a small group of Christian idealists called the Harmony Society from 1805-1905. Most people today know of the Harmony Society labyrinths from the large hedge formation they created in New Harmony, Indiana around 1815. Like the Harmonists, we value "harmony" as a guiding principle. Lastly, we run Alpha Omega Arts based on ten values: (1) Order;
(2) Faith; (3) Creativity; (4) Tradition; (5) Renewal; (6) Hope; (7) Humility;
(8) Collectivity; (9) Anti-censorship; and (10) Equality.

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Mailing Address:
Alpha & Omega Project for Contemporary Religious Arts
c/o Indiana Interchurch Center
1100 W. 42nd Street, Room #110
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 987-2817