GENESIS 1:27 “God created man in His own image, in the image of God. He created him; male and female. He created them.”
Although this can be interpreted in different ways by different people, to me it means that we were given free will, an eternal soul, and the ability to create. This sets us apart from the lower animals of the Earth.
Art is creation.
Art challenges us as creatures of the Earth to look at the world in ways that we may not have before.
Art stirs emotions.
Art makes us reflect on the world, ourselves, and how we fit into the world.