Call to Artists - To Send a Prayer sermon series and art exhibit

to send a prayer
2009 Stirring Art Weekend - Sept. 27

Call to Artists

Event description:
The Stirring is planning a sermon series and art exhibit that will focus on prayer. The idea was inspired by a play I saw in November 2008 at the University of Memphis. In the play Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, the dead characters in the Underworld try to send letters to characters still living in the “upper world.” To help illustrate the difficulty, the stage had about two dozen mailboxes on long, slightly curved poles, approximately 15-20 feet high. It was impossible to reach the mailboxes.

The whole concept of how to send a letter above and how to receive one from below was very spiritual to me. These mailboxes on the set looked like something you might find in a Dr. Seuss book. What would a child’s perspective be on how his or her prayers reach God? How might a child imagine solutions to this problem?

It is my prayer that this exhibit will touch lives and speak to the hearts of the viewers, leading us all on the journey toward a more authentic, personal, and powerful prayer life. Our special guest artist, Arian Armstrong, and I plan to complete 15-25 paintings a piece on this theme. Because the works will be small to medium in size, the gallery will still need more work to be filled. Therefore, I encourage the local artist community to submit work for this special art show. –– Richard Fudge, Senior Artist and Gallery Manager

Deadline for submissions: Friday, August 28th
Selection and artist notification: Friday, September 11th
Installation: Saturday, September 26th
Opening: Sunday, September 27th 5:25pm

The Stirring Art Gallery will be accepting submissions of original artworks from artists in two themes; 1.) pieces that explore a child’s perspective on prayer, 2.) small works (i.e. 9"x12", 12”x12” ) that are artistic expressions of a prayer and should include a word or phrase. Artwork must be ready for installation on Saturday September 26th.

Digital submissions are preferred. Digital submissions are to be formatted as .jpg at 300 dpi and no larger than 5”x7”. Mailed submissions are to include a CD of digital images of the artwork. Please include your name, phone number, email address, artwork title, medium, dimensions, and date completed with all submissions. Do not send originals. Submissions will not be returned. Multiple submissions accepted, limit five.

Send to:
richard.fudge@gmail.com or The Stirring, c/o Hope Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova, TN 38018

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