Frequently Asked Questions
Come Celebrate the Visual and Performing Artists of Christ Church!
Saturday, May 11 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. | Fellowship Hall
We invite artists to exhibit or perform their original pieces as representations of our theme, "Prune. Grow. Repeat." and their creative purpose in the Church. The evening will feature a gallery of a variety of visual art mediums, musical performances, and readings of poetry, spoken word, and much more. Light refreshments will also be served.
Submissions for the 2019 Arts Collective will be opened in March 2019.
Theme: Prune. Grow. Repeat
God meets us in our everyday rhythms of life. And as we all know, our everyday rhythms don’t always feel tidy and put together. But God is at work.
This theme is inviting you to explore where and how God is working in you. What do you need to prune to make room for flourishing? Where have you seen this cycle of pruning and growing in your life or in the world around you?
This theme can be interpreted either figuratively or literally. This theme is to open you up, not shut you down. Be creative and run with it!
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17
Visual Art: Selected work will be exhibited May 11 and 12. The exhibit will be unveiled at the Arts Collective Exhibit on May 11 in the Fellowship Hall and will remain up the following day for viewing before and after Sunday morning services.
Performance Art: Selected work will be performed on the Fellowship Hall on May 11 at the Arts Collective Exhibit.
How many pieces may I submit?
You may submit up to 4 pieces to either perform or display. However, mostly likely, not all 4 pieces will be selected for the collective. Pieces will be selected depending on space and connection to the theme.
I don’t understand the theme. Can I just submit something I drew a long time ago?
The arts collective is meant to encourage you to open up your creativity in the present. We strongly urge you to create something new or to submit something from the past 5 years that relates to the current theme. Please feel free to call Stephanie Koklys to talk through this theme for more clarity.
I’m not a professional artist. I just do this for fun. Is this collective for me?
All ages and skill levels are invited to participate! Don’t be scared. This is a very encouraging, loving community.
I don’t belong to Christ Church. Can I still submit?
Yes! Whether you attend, are a member, or just stumbled upon this collective randomly, you are welcome to submit. However, this collective should be viewed as an act of worship. Christ Church values artists and their God given gifts. We hope that you will consider joining in the life of our creative arts community here. www.christchurch.us/creativearts Because of limited space, Christ Church congregants will get priority for exhibit space.
Can I sell my artwork?
Creating art is hard work and expensive and we understand that artists need to make a living. Feel free to leave business cards at your exhibit and your contact information on your artist statement for potential buyers to reach you outside of the gallery. Displaying prices tags and collecting money during event hours is not allowed.
How do I submit?
Registration/submissions will be open March 1-31 on the Christ Church website: www.christchurch.us/creativearts. Be prepared to send pictures of each piece along with its dimensions and type of medium. You must also submit a 100 word (or less) artist statement. If you are doing a performing arts piece, you will need to submit a recording. No late submissions will be accepted.
I don’t know how to write an artist statement. Can I opt out?
You are not alone. A lot of people dread writing this, but I encourage you to try. This is your chance to have your voice heard and for the large Christ Church congregation to get to know you. It can be short and sweet. Some people choose to write about their specific piece, while others choose to write a bio about themselves. Both are acceptable. Reach out to Stephanie at email@example.com if you need help.
When will I know which of my pieces will be exhibited?
You will get an email within a week of your submission letting you know that your submission was received. If you don’t receive an email within a week, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure your submission was received. A follow up email will be sent to all registrants the first week of April to let you know which pieces will be exhibited.
I won’t be in town the evening of the event. Can I still exhibit?
You do not have to be present to exhibit your work. However, all artwork must be set up the day of the event and stay up through Sunday morning. (No early tear down is allowed.) Artwork cannot be stored at Christ Church after 12pm on May 12th. If you can’t be present, make sure you arrange to have a trusted friend or family member be in charge of setting up and tearing down.
When do I drop off my artwork?Plan on blocking out the morning of the 11th for set up (8:30am-1pm). You will receive an email with more detail a few weeks out from the event with more details for set up/tear down.
For other questions, email email@example.com or call 630-321-3948
Eligibility for Spoken Word, Music, Performance, Video + Film
Participation is open to artists working in performing arts such as poetry, spoken word, singer/songwriting, music, short dramas, film, and other video shorts. We enforce an “ORIGINALS ONLY” policy so please be sure that the piece you submit is original to you. Please submit a script or video clip of any performance pieces by the deadline listed below.
Eligibility for Theme | Inside Out
A broad theme where we hope to capture images and art that help artists celebrate their creative purposes. Artists may submit work related to this theme. Since worship is directed at God but also comes from our own unique contexts, experiences, and stories, we will consider projects and pieces that point both toward God as well as the tangible, daily human experiences of God.
Eligibility for Visual Work
Participation is open to artists working in painting (acrylic, oil, water media), drawing, sculpture, fiber, graphics, mixed media, jewelry, photography, pottery, metalwork, glass, wood, digital art, and enamel. We seek to maintain the highest standards for both artist and the viewing public. We enforce an “ORIGINALS ONLY” policy. No copies, kits, signed offset, laser, ink jet, giclee, or photocopied reproductions, commercially made products, fabricated forms, or settings in lapidary work will be accepted. Exceptions are made for those applying under the heading of printmaking wherein prints must be produced by the artist using printmaking techniques and in photography and digital art where prints must be printed by the creator, signed, and numbered.