Jurying Criteria

Engage Art submissions will be juried by a group of distinguished artists and educators with overlapping expertise in a variety of visual and performing arts. The juries will have consultants in art history and Scripture available to help them.

The jurors for our 2021-2022 contest can be seen here.

Meet our 2020 Jurors and Consultants.

Entries are first screened for Eligibility before they go to the Jury


On a rolling basis, our internal team will identify artworks that satisfy the entry requirements of the contest. These artworks will be given a place in our online gallery.


Visual Art

50% effective message

  • engagement with the themes in Ephesians 6:10-20
  • impact

50% artistic and technical strength

  • creative interpretation
  • command of the medium used/technical skill


34% effective message

• engagement with the themes in Ephesians 6:10-20

• impact

33% artistic/technical strength of art creation and performance

• artistic strength

• technical strength

33% artistic/technical strength of videography/visuals

• creative interpretation

• command of the medium used/technical skill

Our Jurying Process

Engage Art submissions will be juried by a group of distinguished artists and educators with overlapping expertise in a variety of visual and performing arts.

How Your Art Will Be Evaluated By the Jury

Our jurors have a practical and academic understanding of how the arts can assist in the Christian life and how Christianity has been portrayed through the arts. They also have a deep understanding of the histories and current practices of the arts in secular culture. Juries are advised by professionals in ministry and art history.

First, each entry is screened by the Engage Art team to make sure it meets the contest requirements. If so, it is included in the Engage Art Online Gallery. Until your entry has been reviewed by the Engage Art team, it will show as pending. Please allow up to 14 days for our team to screen your entry.

Engage Art requires at least three “rounds” of jurying. At least three jurors review each artwork individually in each round, evaluating the artwork and considering what the artist has written. The jurying remains “blind”—so the jurors don’t know who the artists are until the winners are chosen. All jurying is via online software and video conference. Jurors have access to an art historian and Bible scholar to consult with as desired.

Semi-finalists are artworks that remain in contention after the first round of jurying. Typically, they represent approximately 20-30% of the pool of entries. This first round focuses on artistic quality. Jurors review the most entries by far during this period. We expect to have the semi-finalist round for this contest in May 2022.

The second round of online review produces the Finalists, who are typically 5-10% of the gallery entry pool. The second round focuses on how well the artworks measure up to the published criteria. When the juries look at the entries for “theme and impact” (50%), they specifically consider the entry’s ability to communicate one or more of the themes in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related verses and the impact the artwork has on the audience. When they determine “artistic quality” scores (50%), they look at the strength of the creative interpretation and the artist’s command of the artistic medium. We expect the Finalist round for this contest to happen in June 2022. 

During these two rounds, the jurors can communicate with our team and each other via the online system (or the phone!) to ask questions, make observations, etc.

At that point, the juries—one for each category—come together in video conference calls to discuss each finalist entry at length. Each juror brings perspective, experience, and insight, creating a fascinating and dynamic interchange. The Bible scholar and art historian interject their observations, as well. The group is finished their work when they have agreed upon a slate of winners—1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, and the number of Honorable Mentions they deem appropriate. We expect to complete this round of jurying in July 2022, and winners will be contacted shortly afterward. We will announce the winners in August 2022. The jurors for our 2021-2022 contest can be seen here.


Meet Our Jurors

Engage Art submissions are juried by a group of distinguished artists and educators with overlapping expertise in a variety of visual and performing arts.

The jurors for our 2021-2022 contest can be seen below.

Meet Our Talented 2022 Jurors and Consultants

Rev. Thomas Müller
Sculptor, Episcopal Priest, Instructor In Religious Studies & Art

Thomas lives in the Tuscan hillside east of Florence. After working for twenty years as a sculptor, ceramicist, and art teacher in Italy and Germany, he studied theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Meet Thomas

Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Artway, Researcher, Translator, Writer, Editor

Marleen is editor-in-chief of ArtWay, a bilingual, ecumenical, and international website about art and faith she started in 2010.

Meet Marleen

Nadya Molugova
Director of the Florence Classical Arts Academy, Instructor, Painter, Graphic Designer

Nadya is the founder and director of the Florence Classical Arts Academy.

Meet Nadya

Dr. Kutter Callaway
Author, Professor, Podcast Host, Pastor, Expert on the Intersection Of Film, Culture And Religion

Kutter Callaway is Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and co-director of Reel Spirituality at Fuller Studio.

Meet Kutter

Nathan Lucrezio
Actor/Dancer/Singer for Broadway and Television, Recording Artist, World Irish Dance Champion

Broadway performer, recording artist, and World Irish Dance Champion, Nathan Lucrezio has been working in the entertainment business for more than a decade

Meet Nathan

Dr. Alysia Harris
Poet, Performer, Editor, Educator

Alysia Nicole Harris is a poet, linguist, and Christian. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from Yale University and her MFA in creative writing from NYU.

Meet Alysia

Dr. Linda Stratford
Art Scholar, Historian, Author, Educator

Dr. Linda Stratford’s chief mission is to stir up thoughtful discussion about art. Her passion is to cultivate fruitful interplay between artists (past and present) and today’s spiritual pilgrims.

Meet Linda

See what past jurors looked for when jurying Engage Art Contest entries

Meet Our Talented 2020 Jurors and Consultants

Janette…ikz - Artist, Speaker

Janette…ikz (pronounced genetics) is an international artist, speaker, and co-owner of Zeneith Performing Arts.

Meet Janette

Dr. Linda Stratford - Art Historian

Linda Stratford is the founding director of Asbury University’s Paris Semester program where she teaches Art History and French History.

Meet Linda

Chason Laing - Exec. Producer

Chason Laing is the Executive Producer at Lumindeo and DEO.TV.

Meet Chason

Jorge Lucero - Visual Artist, Assoc. Professor of Art Ed.

Jorge Lucero is an artist from Chicago, who currently serves as an Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Meet Jorge

Jasmine White - Therapist, Writer, Actress, Activist

As an interdisciplinary artist, Jasmine White weaves together her work as a therapist, writer, actress and activist.

Meet Jasmine

Lauren Cross - Artist, Curator, Scholar

Lauren Cross is an artist, curator, and scholar who is currently Program Coordinator & Senior Lecturer of the Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies (IADS) program at the University of North Texas.

Meet Lauren

Kutter Callaway - Bible Scholar

Kutter Callaway is an Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and co-director of Reel Spirituality.

Meet Kutter

Fr. Frank Sabatté - Visual Artist, Clergy

Fr. Frank Sabatté, CSP, was born in San Jose, California and received his  BA in Studio Art from UCLA and his MA in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC.

Meet Frank 

Teliza V. Rodriguez - Curator at the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA)

Teliza V. Rodriguez is the Curator at the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) where she has served since 2005.

Meet Teliza

Tommy Funderburk - Recording Artist, Songwriter, Music Producer

Tommy Funderburk has been intimately involved in the music industry for over thirty years.

Meet Tommy

Christina Phillips - Actress, Singer, Model

A native of Denver, Colorado, Christina (Reign) Phillips has worked professionally in the entertainment industry her entire life.

Meet Christina

Jason Epps - Hip Hop Artist

At the age 11, Epps fell in love with the art of storytelling and wordplay that you can only find in hip hop.

Meet Jason

Heather Savage

Heather Savage - Composer, Musician, Teacher, Director

An American Prize composition winner, Heather’s musical training is focused mainly on classical and jazz music.

Meet Heather