CATHOLIC ART INSTITUTE
NARRATIVE STILL LIFE 2021
"The Eucharist" by Liz Beard,Private Collection
Narrative Still Life 2021
Competition and Exhibition
Call for Entry:
The late Sir Roger Scruton wrote: “The true work of art […] is a consciously created thing, in which the human need for form triumphs over the randomness of objects. Our lives are fragmented and distracted - things start up in our feelings without finding their completion. Very little is revealed to us in such a way that its significance can be fully understood. In art, however, we create a realm of the imagination, in which each beginning finds its end, and each fragment is part of a meaningful whole.”
This exhibition will focus on narrative still life painting; paintings which illuminate the meanings we find through and beyond the fragmentary objects in our lives. We are seeking original still life paintings with symbolic, allegorical, or narrative connotations. The symbolism can be explicit or implied, but should transcend purely formal concerns and speak to a ‘meaningful whole’ in which these forms participate. This is an open call for subject matter within the still life genre, not limited to religious or Christian narrative.
The Juror will be Liz Beard, distinguished realist painter, and instructor at Grand Central Atelier in NY.
This will be an online exhibition opening September 30th 2021 and remaining online indefinitely with the possibility of a parallel pop-up gallery exhibition in Chicago IL, contingent on COVID-19 restrictions.
All drawing and painting media welcome, no photography or digital art.
Grand Prize: $2000, Second Place: $750, Third Place: $250
Submission for Entry Opens: May 21, 2021 Submission Deadline: Sept 10, 2021
Notification Date: Sept. 24, 2021
Curated by Liz Beard
Liz Beard exhibits with Williams Fine Art Dealers, Principal Gallery, Eleventh Street Arts, and at the Salmagundi Club. Her education includes a BFA from Miami University of Ohio, a classical training at Ingbretson Studio, Academy of Realist Art Boston, and Grand Central Atelier. Her education included working exclusively from life and this practice remains at the center of her art making process. Awards and Honors include three years Fellow at the Hudson River School Fellowship where Liz practices landscape; Copyist at the National Gallery and Metropolitan Museum of Art; Curator and Artist for CS Lewis Institute Art Collection in Youngstown, OH; Awarded the CFW Artist-in-Residency; Awarded 2-week Artist-in-Residency at Chateau LA Napoule in La Napoule, France. Liz teaches in the core program at Grand Central Atelier in NY, and is an active member of the Salmagundi Club. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio and currently lives in Queens, New York.
Juror Liz Beard, Self Portait
Enter the Narrative Still Life Prize
Submissions will be evaluated according to the following:
1. Evident mastery of the artistic medium employed: meeting high standards in the fundamental facets of the artistic craft.
2. Integrity of: form (elements of visual design), manifest content (still life objects), and symbolic content.
This competition and exhibition is open to any artist over the age of 18, professional or amateur, of any religious background. All entries must be original, by the submitting artist, and created within in the past ten years. Limit five entries per artist. Works need not be for sale to be eligible.
Submissions accepted Now – Sept 10th 2021. Visit catholicartnstitute.org/competition to fill out the entry form and upload images that conform to the requirements listed below.
Please submit entries via the form on the right side of this page. Please wait for the PayPal pop-up and prompt to pay for your submissions. You will receive a confirmation email from PayPal when your submissions have been received. If you have not received a confirmation email, then we did not receive your entries.
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If you have any questions about your submission, eligibility or submission process, please email
Members of the CAI: $25 for one entry. $35 for 2-3 entries, $10 per additional entry for a maximum of 5 entries.
Non-members: $45 for 1-3 entries, $15 per additional entry for a maximum of 5 entries
Each uploaded image label must be formatted to include your first name, last name, title of work, and number of the entry. E.g. JaneDoe_Anunciation_1.jpg
Images should be of good quality and no larger than 2MB, 1200-1500 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi. Images should be in JPEG format.
We cannot assist participants in preparing their images.
Please include the following information under ‘Submission Details’ in the entry form:
Please include the following information for each image:
Artist’s full name
Title of work
Price for sale or NFS
Dimensions in inches (height x width) or (height x width x depth)
Jane Doe’s Submissions
1.The Annunciation, oil on canvas, $3000, 11 x 14”
2. Bust of St Francis, terracotta, NFS, 20 x 12 x 12”
“I consent for my artwork images to be published on Catholic Art Institute social media platforms and website.”
Artist’s Instagram account if applicable.
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