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10th International Art Competition

Exhibit Information

The time is rapidly approaching for the 10th International Art Competition at the Church History Museum, which will take place in the fall of 2015. While our international art competition has taken place every three years since 1987, this forthcoming competition is significant not only because it is a landmark anniversary but also because the exhibition will open in concert with a newly installed exhibition in the main gallery on the first floor of the museum.

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Exhibit Information

  • What: 10th International Art Competition: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus
  • Where: Church History Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Submission Dates: November 3, 2014, to February 27, 2015
  • Exhibit Dates: Fall of 2015 through the summer of 2016

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints age 18 and over as of February 27, 2015.
  • Each artist may submit one work of art. The museum welcomes a variety of cultural and aesthetic traditions, styles, and artistic media.
  • Media may include painting, drawing, illustration, textile arts, photography, printmaking, sculpture, clay and ceramic materials, leather, wood, stone, metals, and mixed-media pieces.
  • Entries must be new works of art completed after January 1, 2012.
  • The artwork size limit is 84 inches (213 cm), including the frame, in the longest dimension, but it may be advantageous to produce smaller-sized artwork, since the gallery display space is limited.

First-Round Jury

  • In the first round of judging, a jury will evaluate each submission from the digital images or photographs submitted of artwork, and they will also evaluate the artist’s statement to determine which artworks qualify for the second-round judging.

Second-Round Jury

  • The second round of judging, which is completed from the physical art objects, will determine which works will be selected for the museum exhibit.

Judging Criteria

  • Jurors select the most excellent examples of artwork based primarily on artistic merit. They also consider the following additional criteria:

    • Thematic alignment or artist statement: Successful expression of Latter-day Saint subject matter that addresses the competition theme.
    • Innovation: Creativity or originality of the art in medium or concept.
    • Cultural sensitivity: Worldwide representation.

Awards

  • Some works will be selected for Purchase Awards, which develop and enrich the museum’s art collection.
  • Up to 20 other works will receive Awards of Merit.
  • Three Visitors’ Choice Awards, voted on by museum patrons, will be given.

We hope the theme of the 10th International Art Competition will be a source of inspiration as you prepare an entry for this show. We anticipate a marvelous collection of artwork that will inspire visitors and artists alike to draw near to the Savior through expressions of beauty regarding His life and teachings.

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