Laura Jean Lacy is the artist behind the windows. A Washington, D.C. native, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Southern University. Additional studies in the art include work at the Art Student’s League, New York, NY; Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA; Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; and North Texas State University, Denton, TX. She has served in many professional capacities related to her field; a curator, museum docent, art instructor, artist consultant, education specialist, and Director of the Cultural Heritage Center. Jean is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. She has also been honored to have her works in numerous group exhibits and one-woman shows.
The Sanctuary of the St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church serves as a teaching center for both young and old. The 53 stained glass windows designed by artist Laura Jean Lacy represent the heritage, faith, and culture in the lives of African American men, women, and children. The Sanctuary is a worship center and religious art museum which celebrates our Biblical and African American heritage. St. Luke is a church that committed to teaching the vital relationship between our African heritage and our Biblical heritage. Our windows are a powerful and challenging witness to that commitment.