7th Catholic Arts Competition Online Entry

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7th Catholic Arts Competition Online Entry


7th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition 2018

Elizabeth Lev, Ph.D., Juror

For a full listing of competiton details and dates, visit the Saint Vincent Gallery Website.

Electronic Entries: Due Friday, August 3 by 11:59 p.m.

Postal Entries: Must be postmarked by Friday, August 3. Click to download paper entry form.

ENTRY GUIDLINES - Please read carefully before submitting your entry

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

Media and Sizes: Entries may be in any media and style which respect the subject matter. Total weight of each work should not exceed 500 pounds and must be able to fit through a 54” wide x 83” high doorway.

Installation Requirements: All two-dimensional entries must be suitably framed and wired for hanging. All accepted works must be ready to install and be able to hang or stand securely.

Shipping and Insurance: The artist is responsible for shipping accepted works to and from The Saint Vincent Gallery, as well as insurance while the work is in transit. While the works are in the possession of The Saint Vincent Gallery they will be insured against theft and destruction. All due care will be taken by The Saint Vincent Gallery, but it cannot be held liable for damage which may occur due to poor packaging, poor framing techniques or inadequately balanced sculptures. For those accepted artists who might live locally and wish to deliver and pick up their submissions in person, appointment times can be arranged.

Time Period Works Needed: All accepted works must be shipped or delivered to The Saint Vincent Gallery during the week of October 8-12, 2018. They will remain in the possession of the Gallery until the conclusion of the exhibition on December 3, 2018, and may not be removed before. Unless sold, works will be returned or available for pickup during the week of December 10-14, 2018.

Sale of Works: Artists are encouraged to sell their works. If a work is sold at the exhibition, The Saint Vincent Gallery will retain 20% of the purchase price for facilitating the sale.

ENTRY DETAILS Please read carefully before submitting your entry

Entry Fee is $35 and non-refundable and entitles the artist to submit up to four (4) artworks.

Digital Images should be in PDF, JPG or TIFF file format at 300 dpi resolution for each two-dimensional work. Do not place text over the picture. For each three-dimensional work or sculpture, submit four digital images in PDF, JPG or TIFF file format showing all four sides.

Digital Entries must be electronically submitted by August 3, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance to the exhibition will be mailed by September 7, 2018. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance WILL NOT be emailed.

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This juried competition and exhibition primarily seeks to foster the arts of the Western Christian tradition; however, other artistic traditions of Christian subject matter will be considered.


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

Subjects sought (but not limited to) include 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; personifications of the corporal works of mercy, virtues and vices, and so on.

Modernization of the subject is acceptable (e.g. Caravaggio’s The Calling of Saint Matthew, which depicts Christ in biblical clothing but those around Him in the contemporary dress of the artist’s times). Ethnic acculturation is also acceptable; thus, works portraying Christ as an African, Asian or other ethnicity are welcome for jurying.

Subjects which will not be considered include portrayals of noncanonized 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).


Entry Deadline: Electronic Submissions by August 3, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. and Mail must be postmarked by August 3, 2018

Notification Sent By: September 7, 2018

Accepted Works Received: Week of October 8-12, 2018

Opening/Prize Reception: Sunday, October 28, 2018

Dates of Exhibition: October 30-December 2, 2018

Works Returned: Week of December 10-14, 2018


The decision of the juror regarding acceptance or non-acceptance of work submitted, and the awarding of prizes, is final. In addition, there will be a $250 people’s choice award. 


Cancellation Rights Reserved: If not enough works of sufficient quantity, quality or subject matter are submitted, The Saint Vincent Gallery reserves the right to cancel the competition and exhibition, and make no prize awards.


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