Thursday, July 26, 2018

Catholic Arts Competition: Final Call for Artists

The Saint Vincent Gallery has asked us to publish a reminder (which we are very happy to do) that the deadline is drawing near for submissions to the Seventh Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition.

The Biennial Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition was established in 2001 by the late Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B, the fruit of his untiring pursuit of the cultivation and revival of the Sacred Arts. His hope was to give artists who work in 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: “Crucifixion” by James Langley

“St Michael” by David and Suzann Miriello

He has Risen by Jeffery and Anna Koh Varilla
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

Click to Download Entry Form

For information on contributing to the sponsorship of the Competition, see the St Vincent Gallery website, or this downloadable pdf.

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