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March 9, 2016

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Marlene Mulford: Office:(217) 698-8500
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Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and Quincy Art Center
Host Juried Exhibition of Sacred Art for Extraordinary
Jubilee Year of Mercy

SPRINGFIELD - The Mercy Art Exhibition will be hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and the Quincy Art Center as a component of the worldwide celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy as proclaimed by Pope Francis. During the jubilee year which began Dec. 8, 2015 and continues through Nov. 20, 2016, Pope Francis encourages us to contemplate mercy: the mercy of God, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and mercy in our world. Each artist is asked to create their own unique interpretation of the theme of mercy as described by Pope Francis for consideration by the general public.

The corporal works of mercy are:
To feed the hungry; to give drink to the thirsty; to clothe the naked; to shelter the homeless; to visit the sick; to ransom the captives; to bury the dead.

The spiritual works of mercy are:
To instruct the ignorant; to counsel the doubtful; to admonish sinners; to bear wrongs patiently; to forgive all injuries; to comfort the sorrowful; to pray for the living and the dead.

This is a juried competition and is open to artists age 19 (by entry deadline) and older living in the United States, working in media specified and subject to the conditions and rules outlined in the prospectus. All submitted artwork must explore a theme related to works of Mercy as defined in the general conditions. Work must be original, designed and executed by the submitting artist. Only those works accepted by the jurors will be displayed in the exhibition Aug.12-Sept.17, 2016. A separate Junior Division will be held later in the fall at Quincy University.

Each artist may submit up to two entries for consideration. A $20 non-refundable entry fee is required per artist.

All submissions will be reviewed digitally by a jury of three to five professionals with strong backgrounds in the visual arts and/or theology. Only artworks selected by the jury will be displayed in the exhibition.

Once the accepted artworks are on display in the gallery, a separate panel of judges will select and distribute awards based on viewing the actual artworks. The panel will consist of two or three individuals recognized for their experience as Fine Art judges. The awards will be announced at the opening reception at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, 2016.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Stevenson Gallery at the Quincy Art Center. Awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m.



July 15 - Electronic and postmark entry deadline
July 29 - Notification of acceptance e-mailed/sent
August 1 - Deadline for receipt of work
August 12 - Exhibition opens, Reception 7 - 9 p.m.; Awards announced at 7:30 p.m. 
September 17 - Exhibition closes
September 19-20 - Artwork pickup at Quincy Art Center, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
September 20–23 - Artwork pickup at Springfield, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
September 20–23 - Artwork pickup at Charleston, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


For more information, please contact volunteer exhibition coordinator:
Jeff Boshart
(217) 549-2781