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Artist Known for Sacred Imagery to Judge Gallery's Fifth National Catholic Arts Competition, Exhibition

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Posted: Monday May 12, 2014

May 12, 2014

The Saint Vincent Gallery has announced that the fifth Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition will be held during the summer and fall and offer $3,500 in cash prizes.

“Janet McKenzie, an artist who is internationally-known for her distinctive iconography of sacred subjects which glow with an inner, spiritual light, will serve as the juror for this year’s exhibit,” Br. Nathan Cochran, director of The Saint Vincent Gallery, commented. “It is appropriate for an artist working in the field of religious art to juror a competition and exhibition fostering religious art, both in its traditional forms and in new expressions. Her works have been chosen for exhibition in the three Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competitions she has entered and she has won prizes twice.”

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 Friday, Aug. 1. Artists will be notified of their acceptance on or before Sept. 5.

Cash prizes will be awarded at the opening of the exhibit on Sunday, Oct. 26. These include a $1,000 best of show, $750 second place award, $500 third place award and four juror mentions of $250 each. In addition there will be a $250 people’s choice award presented at the end of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be held from Tuesday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, December 7 in The Saint Vincent Gallery located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center.

The competition is open to any artist, professional or amateur, of any religious background, who is 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, churches, chapels, shrines or home altars. 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.

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

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