See Your Art On Display at Your Imagination Redeemed 2018
The Anselm Society invites visual artists to submit proposals for entries for a gallery display at the Your Imagination Redeemed conference which will be held on April 27-28, 2018. Accepted entries will be part of a small, curated gallery that will be displayed prominently in its own space at the conference and powerfully challenge and inspire over 200 conference-goers.
About the Conference:
When you encounter a great story or work of art, what is it about it that makes you feel awakened and alive?
It is an echo; a reminder of who we are. The redeemed imagination allows the believer to see the world, and his own life, through divine eyes. To play a role in the building of a Kingdom (in the already and the not yet) whose glory we can scarcely comprehend.
For nearly two thousand years, the church held that the good, the true, and the beautiful were inseparable. But somewhere along the line, they got fragmented. And the result has been a disenchanted Christianity; a slew of vapid books, music, and movies; and generations of Christians missing out on the redeemed imagination.
The disenchanted, the lost, and the Church itself need a renaissance of the Christian imagination. Your Imagination Redeemed 2018 will explore the respective roles of the Church and the Arts in redeeming the imagination, and ask the question: what might the world look like if they embraced those roles?
The gallery will prominently feature Kristopher Orr’s painting, Western Wind. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, the painting portrays the Bride of Christ answering His call and taking the good, true, and beautiful into the darkness of the world. (Read more about the painting here.)
What if artists were loved and honored in their churches the way we honor missionaries and pastors? And what if they were devoted to produce, in their craft, only the best for God and his Kingdom?
What if Christianity were seen as a source of magnificent beauty that could only have come from divinely inspired imaginations? What if Christian worship prepared souls for the glories of the throne room of God? What if Christian stories, songs, and imagery were so rich and wonderful that they formed a people whose countenances shone with the vision of a world yet to come? What if, in short, the Church answered God’s call to be the light of Christ in a world that is watching and listening—bringing goodness, truth, and beauty together in such a way that they were irresistible?
We challenge visual artists to give viewers a glimpse of such a reality, and challenge them to strive for it.
- Process: Art concepts/pitches must be received by March 15, at which point we will greenlight projects we think might be suitable. This does NOT guarantee we will accept the final product. Photographs of finished pieces must be received by April 7 in order to be considered for inclusion in the gallery. Decisions will be made by April 15. While you may submit up to three pitches, we will most likely only accept one finished product per artist.
- Specifications: Paintings must be no larger than 2.5 feet in their largest dimension. Sculpture and other 3D art will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Non-visual art such as poetry, music, and prose will not be considered.
- Display: Paintings will be displayed on easels (provided, or you can bring your own). If your art requires a table/base/pedestal, you must provide it. The gallery is built around a 3’ x 4’ painting, Western Wind (see above), and exact display location decisions will be made by the gallery manager.
- Location: The gallery will be displayed prominently in a large alcove just inside the entrance of one of the venue’s largest lecture halls, behind several book tables manned by event staff. This allows for a lot of traffic and viewership while virtually eliminating the risk of accidents or security issues. If desired, we will designate a time period when artists will be available to answer questions.
- Sale and Promotion: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we cannot legally sell art on your behalf. However, you are more than welcome to sell it yourself and include a display card (or display cards or business cards on the merchandise tables) with price, contact info, and any other pertinent information. We will also promote you and your work on our website and social media.
- Timing and Logistics: If your entry is accepted, you must deliver your art to the Pinery at 2pm on Friday, April 27th (you are welcome to stay and personally set up your piece under the supervision of the gallery director, who will make all decisions about what goes where). You may remove it either after the afternoon concludes at 5:15pm on Saturday April 28th, or after the evening service at 8:30pm. If you are not local, we may be able to work with you to make alternative arrangements.
- Conference: Artists whose work is accepted may request a complimentary ticket to the conference if they wish. Ticket is non-transferable.
- Liability: While we will take every precaution, and supervise your art during event hours (with a locked building the rest of the time), we cannot be liable for your work. Your piece will be touched little if at all by gallery staff once the gallery is set up, and not at all by anyone else. But by submitting a piece, you acknowledge that you retain responsibility for the safety of your work.
- Questions? Contact Conference Artist Kristopher Orr at firstname.lastname@example.org.