Mosaic and SAB are excited to present NU’s annual art show, “A Dream is a Wish Your Art Makes,” in collaboration with The Talon. We have worked diligently to partner with YOU – the NU community –  to present a gallery of artwork inspired by dreams and desires of the heart. We hope you can appreciate and reflect on the inspirations for and the beauty of the artwork in this gallery, which consists of paintings, photos, poems and so much more.

Tyler Kyte – I’ve seen the Garden

By Tyler Kyte

A dream for true equality.

Amanda Anderson – He Calls Them Each By Name

By Amanda Anderson


Isaiah 40:26 says:

“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” (NIV)

If God calls each of the stars by name and doesn’t forget a single one, I am confident He knows the dreams and desires of my heart. When I look at the stars and get lost in the wonder of God’s intentionality and beauty through creation, I feel the freedom to dream. There’s an excitement that stirs in my heart that is hard to put into words.


Bryan Nemeth – Daydream

As a child I had a very vivid and wild imagination, so for these images I wanted to create something that a young Bryan would dream up and be proud of. 

David Nadler

By David Nadler

These are some teapots I had made for my ceramics class. The blue teapot came first and I had spent hours thinking about and designing it. It took a while to get it the way I had envisioned it to be. Every day I thought about my teapot. On the day of the final exam, I found a crack at the midsection where water would leak from it. Despite that, I still love my teapot and all the effort and all the work I put into it.  

Isaiah 64:8 says: 

"But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand." 

Aaliyah Bains – What is black history?

By Aaliyah Bains

A dream for massive reformation of the justice system.

Elias Jobson

By Elias Jobson

I dream about God’s big, beautiful world and how amazing the colors are.

Kelsey Philp

By Kelsey Philp

This photo was inspired more by a magical reality. I was at the beach one day with my family, and I came across a driftwood structure that was covered in beautiful white roses. When I looked closer, I noticed that the petals were covered in sand that was blown on by the wind. This image was so unique to me, because it showed that there is beauty in the most ordinary places. 

Christian Simonsen – Pacific Northwest

By Christian Simonsen

Me and the boys after quarantine.

Junghoon An

By Junghoon An

The dream that inspired this photo is being relaxed and easygoing 

Evan Rhoades – Nature’s Lover

By Evan Rhoades

The muse for this poem was three-fold. The poem was inspired by my dreams of reconnecting with nature after this season of hibernation is over. It also took root in my now-long-distance girlfriend who I can’t wait to see and spend time with on the grassy slopes of the NU campus once again. Lastly, Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem ‘As Kingfisher’s Catch Fire’ has captivated my poetic imagination of late, and helped to inspire some of my imagery, alliteration, and form. Other than that, the muse plays as she will. 

Emily Scott

By Emily Scott

Hope for a better future from a sad past.

Rikki Vargas

By Rikki Vargas

Living eight thousand miles from home, I have recurring dreams of exploring the depths and lands of my home country, Indonesia. I hope these photographs show the cultural connection that defines who I am.

Jake Bennett – Tough love

By Jake Bennett

You can vote for the winner of the People’s Choice Award on the Mosaic Instagram account (@mosaic_northwestu).