Inspiring Artists

The Engage Art Contest seeks to reach new heights of creativity by asking participants to submit performing arts, music, visual art, and video that is informed by a particular set of Bible verses, Ephesians 6:10-20 and related verses.

The Engage Art Gallery

Our Gallery contains art that was submitted to the Engage Art Contest. Engage Art has (so far!) hosted three juried art competitions calling for artists of all skill levels to create original art based on the Spiritual Battle in Ephesians 6:10-20.  

  • In 2018, open to artists in North & South Carolina, USA 
  • In 2019-20, open to artists in North America and the Caribbean
  • In 2021-22, open to artists worldwide

The Contest Topic

While some details have changed year to year, every Engage Art Contest has centered around Ephesians 6:10-20, commonly known as the Spiritual Battle passage. Engage Art created a space for artists to reflect on and express their vision of this critical spiritual dynamic. Submissions could focus on the Spiritual Battle itself, or on any part of this set of verses (truth, righteousness, etc.). Artists could draw inspiration from any Scripture, as long as they could relate it back to Ephesians 6:10-20.

Expert juries spent months evaluating all the entries and selected Semi-Finalists, Finalists, and Winners based on these criteria:

  • Effective message
  • Impact
  • Creative interpretation
  • Technical strength/command of medium used 

Additionally, in our 2021-22 Contest, we recognized collections of “Upvote Favorites” chosen by website users and “Staff Highlights” to recognize artworks that the Engage Art Team especially loved. For more information on the jurying process and an introduction to the 2022 jurors, click here. Contest winners have received $200,000 in cash prizes to date. 

The artwork from these Contests—from all genres of Visual and Video Art—now fills the Engage Art Gallery, as a gift to the world:

  • So people around the world can engage more art
  • To encourage connecting with original contemporary artwork and the artists behind it
  • To offer fresh ways of engaging the Scriptures
  • To motivate more artists to take inspiration from ScriptureAs a resource for churches and ministries