Thursday, June 09, 2016

Call for Artists for Juried Exhibition in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, November 2016

Artists are being asked to submit work for the 6th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition at Saint Vincent Gallery on the campus of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

This year the juror is Dr. Denis McNamara, who will be known to many NLM readers as an architectural historian specializing in the theology of liturgical art and architecture, classicism, and sacramental aesthetics. His book Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy has become a standard for anyone who wishes to understand the theological underpinnings of sacred architecture and art.

Given that Denis is the juror, I would suggest that artists who are considering submitting works to this competition read his book and watch his videos on church art and architecture, especially the seventh, which is about sacred art in particular.

The Catholic Arts competition/exhibition was established in 2001 by the late Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B. (1957-2014). Br. Nathan set out to support artists who engage Catholic subject matter by providing a committed venue, notable jurors, a color illustrated catalog and prizes that include monetary awards, as well as exhibition display.

Artworks submitted must be iconographically recognizable and appropriate for liturgical use, public devotion or private devotion.

The juried competition will be held this summer; submissions should be postmarked by Monday, August 1, 2016. The exhibition will run from November 1 through December 2, 2016 at the The Saint Vincent Gallery.

Cash prizes to be awarded include the $1,000 Brother Nathan Cochran Award in Sacred Arts, $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 conclusion of the exhibition.

For competition/exhibition details along with the submission form/guidelines, visit:

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