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Original artwork needed for General Convention 2006
ECVA welcomes submissions from the Episcopal community (Daybook)

[Episcopal News Service]  The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (ECVA), in conjunction with the Episcopal Church's Office of General Convention, has issued a call to artists in the Episcopal community to submit images of original art for use as projected visual presentations at the 2006 General Convention.

Set for June 13-21 in Columbus, Ohio, the Episcopal Church's 75th General Convention extends an invitation for participants to "grow in all ways into Christ."

In line with that, the art work submitted must be applicable to the convention's overall theme of "Grow" which supports the church wide focus of "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You: Come and Grow"

This is the second use of visual preludes that began at the 2003 General Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"The visual preludes have their origin on the stage of the opera," said Mel Ahlborn, board chair and president of ECVA. "The Rev. Canon Anthony Jewiss [deputy executive officer, Office of General Convention,] and the Rev. Canon Rosemari G. Sullivan [former executive officer and secretary to General Convention], now director of Alumni/Alumnae Affairs and Special Events at the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS)] were attending an opera performance that used projected imagery as part of the set design [and] both thought it was a worthwhile concept to incorporate into the worship space at the 2003 Minneapolis convention. So ECVA was approached, and board members agreed that the idea was brilliant."

The series of visual preludes will be used daily during service to create an atmosphere for worship appropriate to the day's theme. Sub- themes include Gracious Spirit, Spiritual Sight, For She is the Breadth of the Power of God (30th anniversary of the ordination of women), Friendship with God, Bread of Life, God's Work, Love Astounding, Wisdom of God, and All Things into Christ. (Note: wording 
of the sub-themes are subject to change.)

"We're delighted to have the opportunity for an encore," said Brie Dodson, ECVA director of communications.

Entry information is as follows:

  1. We are seeking work executed by artists within the Episcopal community. The work need not be new, but not previously displayed at the ECVA Web site, and must be applicable to the convention’s themes.
  2. All digitized reproductions of art media (2-D or 3-D) will be considered.
  3. Artists may submit up to 6 entries.
  4. Images should be in the .jpg or .gif format with a minimum of 1800 pixels for the longest dimension at 72ppi. We need high-resolution images in order to show your work properly. (Please contact Dan Hardison for questions or help at
  5. Each entry must include title, medium, date created, and size (if applicable).
  6. Include a statement of what influenced you to create the image(s) submitted and how this work reflects the themes for General Convention 2006.
  7. Please include your name, desired email contact information (optional), local ECVA Chapter (if applicable), and parish or other Episcopal Church community. This information will be included in the credits so please state it as you would like it to appear. Also include your postal address (for ECVA use only, not to be included in the credits).
  8. By submitting entries for this exhibition, you agree that we may use the images as part of the video presentations at General Convention 2006. You also agree that the images may be used on the ECVA Web site (, the ECVA Web log Remarques (, in printed and visual promotional material produced by ECVA, and on The Worship Well, our partner Web site ( Whenever an image is used by ECVA, it is understood that full credit to the artist will be given with the image or in separate listings.
  9. The selection of work for the exhibit will be the discretion of the curators.

To submit work:

Use the entry form at and email it along with your images as an attachment to Images will be accepted when sent by multiple emails. (Please include "General Convention 2006" on the subject line for each message stating message number and total messages (e.g. "1 of 6"). Entries may also be sent on CD by postal mail to:

PO Box 4765
Wilmington, NC 28406

Deadline for submissions is February 11, 2006.

"One of art's charisms is its ability to lead us from degrees of the real to degrees of the abstract, guiding us from that which we know to that which we are seeking," said Ahlborn. "When informed by the world around us, art fuels a powerful reconciliation, transforming our ordinary living into extraordinary call to mission. Art viewing and art making invite the engagement of our eyes, heart, mind and souls across centuries and across cultures [and] in this way art leavens our personal recognition of our call to the work of God in the world."

ECVA began as a conversation among a few artists and supporters who sensed that this was a moment for an historic rebirth for visual arts in the Episcopal Church. From that beginning in the spring of 2000, ECVA has developed into a national visual arts community.

ECVA strives to:

  • Encourage visual artists in our church to use their creative gifts for the glory of God.
  • Encourage individuals to explore the opportunities visual arts offer in their spiritual journeys.
  • Encourage parishes and cathedrals to incorporate visual arts in their total programs.
  • Encourage conversations and research in issues related to the visual arts, theology and culture.

To fulfill its mission to the broadest community possible, ECVA produces and maintains an online resource center at that is open to all visitors. Its many offerings include curated art exhibitions, liturgical materials, and the ECVA Registry of artists and others engaged in the visual arts in the Episcopal Church.


Note: The following title is available from the Episcopal Book/Resource Center, 800.903.5544 or

TO READ: ART AND WORSHIP by Christopher Irvine and Anne Dawtry $12.95.

More and more churches are including works of art - painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, and glass - in order to enhance worship and provide a focus for prayer and reflection. Art and Worship explores the relationship between religion and the visual arts and offers advice on how to commission works of art, how to place them, and how to hold art exhibitions in church.