Emanuel Burke

Art Teacher

“The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God.”

-St. John of Damascus


Emanuel Burke is a western North Carolina native who developed an interest in the arts at a very young age. While in kindergarten he was inspired by Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and decided that he would grow up to be an artist.

Though Emanuel’s path took a different direction than he expected, God reignited his love for the arts after seeing the beauty of God in an Orthodox sanctuary. Emanuel immediately began to study ancient Christian art and write contemporary icons. Emanuel believes Christian sacred art, which communicates the objectivity of beauty, is the key to redeeming Western culture in America. Emanuel has been married to his wife, Yam, for a little over 5 years and has two young children.