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Posted: Thursday May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012

The Saint Vincent Gallery is announcing the fourth Nationwide Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition. World-renowned art historian, author and lecturer John Thomas Spike will be the juror.

The juried competition will be held this summer and primarily seeks to foster the arts of the Western Christian tradition, but other artistic traditions of Christian subject matter will also be considered.

The postmark entry deadline for artwork is Tuesday, July 31. Artists will be notified of their acceptance on or before September 7.

Cash prizes totaling $3,500 will be awarded in October. The exhibition will be held from Tuesday, October 30 through Sunday, December 9 in the Saint Vincent Gallery located in the Robert S. Carey Student Center.

The competition and exhibition are open to any artist, professional or amateur, of any religious background, who must be age 21 or older. All entries must be original by the submitting artist and created within the past five years. Previously submitted works are ineligible.

Artworks must be iconographically recognizable and appropriate for liturgical use, public devotion or private devotion. Subjects that are sought include, but are not limited to scenes from the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; other biblical scenes, stories and characters; depictions of saints and their lives; current and historical events in the life of the Church; depictions of the seven sacraments; and personification of the corporal works of mercy, virtue and vices. Modernization of the subject is acceptable. Also accepted is ethnic acculturation including Jesus portrayed as an African, Asian or other ethnicity.

Subjects that will not be considered include portrayals of non-canonized persons as saints; portraits of clergy or religious; works which are only recognizably religious from their titles; and scenes of the exterior or interior of churches, unless the work is illustrating an important religious/historical event or the administration of the sacraments.

Dr. Spike specializes in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. He is also an important critic of contemporary art and is past director of the Biennial of Florence. In 2007, Dr. Spike was named to the faculty of the Masters in Sacred Architecture, Arts and Liturgy organized by the European University of Rome and the Pontifical Athenaeum, ‘Regina Apostolorum.’ In 2012 Dr. Spike will join the faculty of The College of William & Mary and serve as Assistant Director and Chief Curator of The Muscarelle Museum of Art.

During his career Dr. Spike has organized exhibitions and given lectures at many of the world’s most important museums: the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna; the Uffizi Gallery and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale of Florence; the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Pierpont Morgan Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York; the Musée du Louvre, Paris; the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart; the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta; and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He has also lectured at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Oxford Universities, and the University of Malta.

He is the author of more than 25 art books and exhibition catalogs published in English, French, German and Italian. Some of them include: Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine (U.S. edition 2010); Masaccio (1996) and Fra Angelico (1997). In 2001, Dr. Spike published Caravaggio, a monograph with complete catalogue raisonné of the paintings, which was revised and published in 2010.

Further details about the competition are available by contacting the Gallery at 724 805-2107 or www.gallery.stvincent.edu.


Photo: John Thomas Spike 


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