Marcia Whitney-Schenck is a multi-media Chicago-based artist who is particularly interested in the fusion of art and spirituality. In 2019, she had a solo show at St. James Commons, Episcopal Diocese, Chicago. She is looking forward to another solo show at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago in the winter of 2021.
Triptych is a historical novel with three narratives that go backward in time: 1914 in Belgium, 1492 in Spain, and 1356 in France, tracing the journey of a mysterious statue of the Black Madonna. Such statues were often found in meadows or riverbeds, often associated with miracles. No one knows who sculpted them and why. Triptych proffers a story of Genevieve Lespinasse, trained by her father to become an accomplished sculptor. Circumstances force her to create a Madonna that appears to be clumsily made but contains an expertly carved secret niche. Her Madonna travels through the centuries to become part of the stories of two other women: Sister Juana, a nun and apothecary who dares to criticize the Spanish Inquisition, and Gabrielle Lespinasse, a Belgian lacemaker muted by a vicious assault, whose courage changes the lives of others.
Marcia Whitney-Schenck was a reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune. In 1980, she moved to Chicago and established herself in the public relations business. In 1991, she started the quarterly journal Christianity and the Arts that within its eight-year span garnered numerous awards and a circulation of 5,000. It closed in 2001. She has a masters degree in art history from the University of Chicago (1987). As an artist, she is interested in spirituality and the depiction of idioms. She studies with Ingrid Albrecht of Chicago