MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND ENGAGE ART
Engage Art is a calling for Bill and Linda Bantz. They are longtime arts appreciators and philanthropists. Linda has a strong background in music, and, as Bill says, she brought him along.
The Engage Art Story
Bill felt a strong calling from God to re-introduce artists to a wonderful source of inspiration—the Holy Scriptures. Bill and Linda feel that now is the time for this generation to contribute a contemporary take on the depiction of the grand story shared in Scripture.
For centuries, many of the very best artists were inspired to create magnificent works based on Scripture. God, of course, should always be given our very best. So, who are the current excellent artists? What new metaphors and means will they use to depict the timely and timeless story of the Spiritual Battle? How will their art impact contemporary audiences?
Bill collaborated for a year with Teresa Cochran to outline how the contest could function to meet the goals God laid on his heart, follow best practices, and be an asset to artists. Teresa is a longtime public art, art education, arts integration, and public participation professional.
The Engage Art Contest was launched in 2018 and has grown into a biennial juried competition for original Visual Art and Video Art (Film, Music Video, and Performing Arts). The contest calls to artists of all experience and skill levels to share their talents and insights on the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related verses.
Bill mentors a dedicated team from around the country to execute the vision, and he remains the guiding force. For our beta test in the Carolinas in 2018, the team was led by John Wells, aka “the Tonic” and founder of Cross Movement Records. Our 2020 contest was led by William J. Bantz and was open to North America. Our 2022 contest—open to the whole world!—is being led by Fokke Kooistra, a Dutch productivity specialist and longtime ministry leader.
Our Current Team
Teresa Cochran — Contest Director, Content Director
Kirsten Kreiling — Marketing Director
Ranika Chaney — Engagement Manager
Kate Thomas — Content Manager
Curious? Interested in submitting artwork to our contest? Know someone who might be? Through April 14th, 2022, the Engage Art Contest is open to the whole world! Get your foot in the door by claiming your Artist Page now!