Documents from the 9th International Art Competition

for reference in preparation for the 10th

Ninth International Art Competition Artist Pre-Registration

The theme of the Ninth International Art Competition is:

“Make Known His Wonderful Works”

“Pray unto the Lord, call upon his holy name, make known his wonderful works among the people.”

(Doctrine and Covenants 65:4)

Theme and Dates

“Make Known His Wonderful Works”

“Pray unto the Lord, call upon his holy name, make known his wonderful works among the people.”

(Doctrine and Covenants 65:4)

Artists are invited to create new works of art with this theme in mind. The artworks can express all subjects about Latter-day Saint life, history, beliefs, values, scripture, etc. All media, styles, and cultural approaches are welcomed. For details on participating, please view the accompanying web pages. The exhibit will officially open on the evening of March 16, 2012, and will continue through October 14, 2012. Works of art will be available for viewing on our website beginning March 17, 2012.

Entry Deadlines

Entry forms must be submitted online or postmarked by Friday, October 7, 2011.

Exhibit Dates

March 16, 2012, through October 14, 2012

Rules and Requirements


The competition is open to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are age 18 and older by December 31, 2011. Each entrant may submit only one work of art. Entries must be new works of art created after January 1, 2009.


A worldwide range of cultural and aesthetic traditions, styles of art, and various media are welcome. Entries may include—but are not limited to—paintings, sculptures, drawings, pastels, textiles, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, woodcarvings, photography, metalwork, and original prints.

Size Limit

The maximum size for artwork is 84 inches (213 cm) in the longest dimension, including the frame.

Judging and Awards

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on the successful expression of Latter-day Saint subject matter; on the excellence of aesthetic and technical accomplishment; and on the creativity, originality, and quality of the art. Jurors will also ensure that many areas of the world are represented in the exhibit.

Judging Process

Two rounds of judging by a multimember jury will take place. The first round will be based on photographic images of the artwork submitted with the entry form. First-round winners will be notified and instructed to send the original artwork to the Church History Museum for the second round of judging. Winning second-round entries will be shown in the exhibit.

Notification of Winners

The Church History Museum will mail the results of the first round of judging on or before December 31, 2011. Winners will receive instructions for delivering original art to the museum. Artists should not send original art to the museum unless notified to do so. Works accepted for the exhibition must remain at the museum until after the exhibit officially closes to the public.


Up to 20 Merit Awards of $500 each will be given to recognize outstanding pieces. A number of Purchase Awards will be given to acquire art for the museum collection. Three Visitors’ Choice Awards of $500 each will be given shortly before the exhibition closes.

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