CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In just its second year, the Engage Art Contest garnered entries from 24 countries in North America, including Haiti, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico, the United States and Caribbean Islands.
This year's contest at a glance:
Total number of entries: 1,061
Entries by category:
Visual Art - 693
Music Video - 133
Film - 126
Performing Arts - 109
Entries by country (top 5):
United States - 598
Canada - 123
Jamaica - 67
Trinidad - 64
Mexico - 43
Highest number of entries in one day: 197
Engage Art asked artists to express their vision of the Spiritual Battle as described in Ephesians 6:10-20, reflecting on and responding to this critical spiritual dynamic during our contest. Engage Art stopped accepting new submissions on July 1, 2020. This new collection of works is meant to illuminate, inform, and inspire the world—just as reflecting on Scripture and creating art about it is meant to enhanced the artists' spiritual journey.
Created in 2017, Engage Art conducted a pilot regional contest in the Carolinas from 2017-2018. For the 2019-2020 contest, Engage Art expanded its outreach to include a much larger footprint: North America.
Engage Art has been a calling for founders North Carolina residents Bill and Linda Bantz. They are longtime arts appreciators and philanthropists. Linda has a strong background in music, and, as Bill says, she brought him along. Bill collaborated for a year with Teresa Cochran to outline how the contest could function to meet the goals God laid on his heart and also be an asset to artists. Teresa is a longtime public art, art education, arts integration, and public participation professional.
From there, Bill built a dedicated team from around the country to execute the vision, but he remains the guiding force.
Artists' works who have met the contest submission criteria, including downloading the Engage Art app, are featured on the Engage Art online gallery at https://engageart.org/2019-2020-gallery/ during the jurying process, which is anticipated to take approximately 3 months. Jurying is being conducted by esteemed artists and scholars from across the United States in each category including:
Jasmine Brook White, Performing Arts and Film
Kutter Callaway, Bible Scholar
Lauren Cross, Film
Jason Epps, Music Video
Tommy Funderburk, Music Video
Chason Laing, Film
Jorge R. Lucero, Visual Art
Christina Phillips, Performing Arts
Teliza V. Rodriguez, Visual Art
Frank Sabatte, Visual Art
Heather Savage, Music Video
Linda H. Stratford, Art Historian
Janette Watson, Performing Arts
Winners are eligible for a total of $100,000 in cash prizes, with $25,000 in prizes being awarded in each category. Winners will be announced at the Engage Art Awards Ceremony in early 2021. The 2021-2022 contest will be open to submissions from artists worldwide. Sign up to stay informed on the contest progress at EngageArt.org.