How will Engage Art entries be juried?

Engage Art submissions will be juried by a group of distinguished artists and educators with overlapping expertise in the visual arts, music of many kinds, as well as various types of filmmaking and performing arts. Each category has a jury of three, and all the juries have access to an art historian and Bible scholar to consult with as desired. These juries have both a practical and an academic understanding of how the arts can assist in the Christian life and message as well as the range of ways that Christianity has been portrayed through the arts.

The Engage Art North America Juries will review all the distinguished entries through an online interface in July and August, 2020, rating each artwork on how well it meets the published criteria. Those ratings will help determine which artworks will be considered in more depth during jury conversation. The second phase of the Engage Art North America jurying will happen in September via video conference. The jurors will convene and review the finalists based on the following criteria: Theme and Impact (50%) and Artistic Quality (50%). Through successive rounds of jurying, they will choose up to 10 winners in each of four different categories: music video, visual art, performing arts, and video. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, as well as up to 7 Honorable Mentions.

When the Engage Art North America juries look at the entries for “theme and impact,” they will be specifically thinking about the entry’s ability to communicate one or more of the themes in Ephesians 6:10-20 as well as the degree of impact the artwork has on the audience. When they consider entries for “artistic quality” scores, they will be looking at both the strength of the creative interpretation and the artist’s command of the medium.

Stay tuned! Engage Art North America winners will be notified in October and invited to an announcement event to take place. The announcement event will be streamed, and depending on appropriate safety measures at that time, it may be “streaming only.” Winners will be announced on our website and through social media.

Jurors & Consultants

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