Organization issues call for entries to virtual exhibition
By James Ponder
Visual artists and photographers, aged 16 and older, who reside within the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are invited to submit work for the Inspire 2021 Art Show, which will be hosted online by the Adventist Society for the Arts (ASA).
Subtitled “Creative Cure: Art in the Age of COVID,” the exhibition will be hosted in virtual format on the ASA website to avoid public gatherings during the pandemic.
Founded during the height of the COVID pandemic, ASA is an outreach ministry of Paciﬁc Union Conference. Rich DuBose, ASA founder and director of Church Support Services for the union, says the group’s mission is to create art that brings good to life, promotes justice and truth, and inspires viewers to want to trace beauty back to its source.
“ASA provides a venue for Adventist Church members who have an interest in the arts to network, collaborate, and produce creative content that speaks to today’s culture and world,” DuBose said. “The philosophy of the organization is linked to the Church’s mission of sharing God’s love with a fractured world.”
The art show will feature imagery of urban objects, nature, people, and more. DuBose said, “We would love to see art that is a healing distraction from all we’ve been dealing with.”
In order to qualify for the show, submissions must be received electronically by April 18, 2021, and there is a nominal entry fee. The show itself will open on May 16. Registration details and additional information about the show are available online at adventistsocietyforthearts.org/2021show.
“We aren’t sure what type of turnout we’ll receive since this is the ﬁrst time we’ve hosted a show,” DuBose said, “but we hope this sends a signal to artists and creatives within the Church that we value their creative contributions. We want them to know there is a place for them within the Church.”