"I hope he will lay out his whole genius and skill upon it, that
the composition may excel all his former compositions, as the
subject excels every other subject."
These were the prophetic words of lyricist Charles Jennens before presenting the libretto to his friend for the
musical component of the project, Messiah.
George Frideric Handel wrote the entire oratorio in about three weeks. His partner's hope of its greatness
has come to fruition in the centuries that followed. The composer's highest achievement was borne from the
Bible, with its sacred text on the centrality and supremacy of Jesus Christ,
"in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Colossians 2:3)
Now, more than 270 years later, these direct quotations from both Old and New Testaments, coupled with
Handel's picturesque music, have inspired the artist exhibited here. Timothy Botts visually orchestrates
Messiah through the medium of calligraphy, adding a dimension to amplify the power of the biblical text.
On Wednesday, November 19, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm the Museum will host an opening reception and book signing in its rotunda and gallery, located in the Billy Graham Center. With a program at 6:00, the artist will create a new work in real time, accompanied by a live ensemble improvising excerpts from the music. Mr. Botts will also be signing copies of his books, including pre-orders of his brand new, extended edition, illustrated book "Messiah." Books and other materials will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be provided. Events are free and open to the public.
As one who reveres the Holy Bible as God’s words, Botts found calligraphy to be a natural link between his
art and spirituality. He teaches calligraphy at the College of DuPage and regularly mentors and
curates exhibits for artists and organizations, most recently founding Masterpiece Ministries, an arts outreach
to high school students. Tim and his wife, Nancy, live in the nearby town of Glen Ellyn and have 3 grown children and 11 grandchildren.