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Date(s) - 02/14/2023 - 02/15/2023
12:00 am

United Church of Christ


Request for Proposals “Christ Among Us” Art Contest


The Park Church is a member of the United Church of Christ in
the Congregational tradition. Founded in 1846 by Abolitionists, it
remains committed to matters of justice and witness. As part of
that commitment, we are holding a contest for non-traditional
depictions of Christ. The selected piece(s) will become a part of
The Park Church’s permanent collection.
Prize: $1000
Materials Reimbursement: up to $500
Theme: Images of Jesus as a northern European have dominated Western culture for centuries. We are
seeking images of “Christ” as a universal figure in keeping with the teaching in the Gospel traditionally
attributed to Matthew 25:31-46, where “the least of these” are an embodiment of the holy. Christ might
be found in women, the disabled, the gender-queer and same-sex loving, from any ethnic group or
social status, including those struggling with addiction or chronically unsheltered.
The selected work will be one piece or a series of pieces in a primarily two-dimensional medium
appropriate for hanging on a wall. No video or multimedia submissions for the current contest please.
Proposals must include sketches, a description of the proposed work(s), and a curriculum vitae, as well
as two to four references who can be contacted by telephone. At least one reference must be able to
speak to the artist’s ability to complete work on schedule.
As part of our commitment to equity, The Park Church Council will appoint a selection panel that
includes representatives from historically under-represented groups and individuals from outside of
The Park Church’s congregation.
The final work will become the property of The Park Church, which will have the right to display, loan,
or sell the work, and to use the work in publications and promotional material.
Submissions must be received by noon on 22 February 2023 at
The Park Church, 208 West Gray Street, Elmira NY 14901
or electronically at office@theparkchurch.org.

Important Dates
22 February 2023 at noon. Deadline for submissions.
15 March 2023 at noon. Selected proposal will be announced.
24 May 2023 at noon. Final work must be delivered to The Park Church

(in gallery-ready condition).

28 May 2023 at 10:00am. Unveiling and dedication of work during worship.

(The artist is expected to attend.)

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