Opening Reception: Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts

Friday, November 2, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Br. Nathan Cochran, OSB
The Saint Vincent Gallery
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Free and open to the public.
This Competition and Exhibition has been made possible by the generosity of an Anonymous Donor.

The 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. The Juror for the 4th Competition was Dr. John T. Spike.

146 entries from every region of the country were received, and 38 were. by 26 artists from nine states were chosen for exhibition. $3,500 in cash prizes will be awa...
rded later in the evening.

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 etc.

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 non-canonized 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).

JOHN THOMAS SPIKE is a noted art historian, author and lecturer, specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. He is also an important critic of contemporary art and is past director of the Biennial of Florence. In 2007, Spike was named to the faculty of the Masters in Sacred Architecture, Arts and Liturgy organized by the European University of Rome and the Pontifical Athenaeum, ‘Regina Apostolorum'. In 2012 Spike will join the faculty of The College of William & Mary and serve as Assistant Director and Chief Curator of The Muscarelle Museum of Art.

During his career Spike has organized exhibitions and given lectures at many of the world’s most important museums: the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna; the Uffizi Gallery and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale of Florence; the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Pierpont Morgan Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York; the Musée du Louvre, Paris; the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart; the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He has also lectured at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford and the University of Malta.

He is the author of more than 25 art books and exhibition catalogs published in English, French, German and Italian. Some of them include: Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine (US edition 2010); Masaccio (1996) and Fra Angelico (1997). In 2001, Dr. Spike published Caravaggio, a monograph with complete catalogue raisonné of the paintings, which was revised and published in 2010.

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