Thursday, April 05, 2018

Catholic Arts Competition at St Vincent Gallery in Latrobe, Pennsylvania

The Saint Vincent Gallery is pleased to announce the Seventh Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition to be held during Summer and Fall 2018 at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

The Biennial Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition was established in 2001 by the late Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B. His untiring pursuit to cultivate and revive the Sacred Arts was the catalyst for the creation of this Competition and Exhibition. Br. Nathan wanted to give artists who engage Catholic subject matter an opportunity to dialogue with the Church and pastors, in the hope of creating new, original artworks for churches and liturgical spaces. For the third Competition and Exhibition, famed British art historian Sister Wendy Beckett served as judge. She praised Br. Nathan’s endeavors, noting that, “Artists often come to understand their faith by the actual creation of artworks. We need these artworks, these attempts by artists known or unknown, to share with us their understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Would that there were hundreds of Brother Nathans in all countries!”

Some previous entries: “Our Beloved Dominican Saints” by Bernadette Carstensen
“The Good Samaritan” by Christopher Ruane
Since its inception, the Competition and Exhibition has received national attention and has blossomed in global interest, spurring submissions and artworks for exhibition from South America to all across Europe. World-renowned and acclaimed jurors working in the areas of sacred art and art history have brought their expertise to the Competition and Exhibition. Past jurors include: Dr. Frima Fox Hofrichter, an art historian specializing in Baroque and Rococo; Duncan G. Stroik, an architect and professor working in classical and sacred architecture; Sr. Wendy Beckett, an art historian and BBC personality; Dr. John T. Spike, an expert in Renaissance and Baroque art who directs and curates the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary; Janet McKenzie, an artist working in sacred art; and Dr. Denis R. McNamara, an architectural historian specializing in the theology of liturgical art at the Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary on the Lake, Mundelein.

The 2018 Juror, Elizabeth Lev, Ph.D., is an American-born art historian who specializes in Christian art and architecture, Baroque painting and sculpture, and High Renaissance art. She is a Professor of Art and Architecture for the Italian campuses of Christendom College and Duquesne University, and a guide for the city of Rome and the Vatican Museums. Dr. Lev holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Bologna. She has taught and lectured in numerous international venues including an address at the United Nations in New York entitled, “An Evening with Raphael: Raphael’s Art and Human Dignity,” and a TED talk representing the Vatican Museums entitled, “The Unheard Story of the Sistine Chapel.”

The postmark entry deadline for artwork is Monday, Aug. 3 and Monday Aug. 3 at 11:59 p.m. for online submissions.

Cash prizes will be awarded at the opening of the exhibit on Sunday, Oct. 28. These include a $1,000 best-of-show, $750 second place award, $500 third place award and four juror mentions of $250 each.

The exhibition will be held from Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 2, 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.

Complete entry guidelines, including submission forms, are available at

Click to Submit Your Entry Online

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