Call for Art

the-beautifulIn his essay “The Weight of Glory,” C. S. Lewis suggests that beauty comes to us as “brightness, splendour, and luminosity.” We know that encounters with beauty are essential to human flourishing. Indeed, such experiences capture our imagination and animate our souls, they invite us to pause and consider the nature and meaning of our material world and the one who created it all. In the modern period, artists often had a conflicted relationship to beauty. On one hand, they were drawn to beauty’s sublime qualities. On the other, they realized that a superficial understanding of beauty could be either a means to avoid the world’s suffering or a charm that incites consumer desire. Nonetheless, our need for beauty remains. In the shadow of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace there exists what some describe as a “broken beauty” — beauty that still captures heart and mind but contends with the fallenness of our world.

This exhibit will gather 30 to 35 contemporary works of art executed in a variety of media and genres that bear witness to beauty as it appears to us in the complex landscape of contemporary culture. The Beautiful will open at Calvin College’s Center Gallery in conjunction with the 2018 Calvin Symposium on Worship.


Mary McClearyWe are pleased to announce that our juror for this exhibit is Mary McCleary, a long-time member of CIVA, and contemporary artist currently living and working in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mary is the Stephen F. Austin State University Regent’s Professor of Art Emeritus. Assisting Mary in the selection process is Michelle Westmark Wingard, a current member of CIVA’s board of directors and Gallery Director at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Submission Guidelines

The submission fee for this exhibit is $30 per artist, however this fee is waived for current CIVA Members. Visit CIVA Membership to become a member now, or contact us at with questions about your membership status. Each artist may submit up to three pieces for consideration. While all formats and media will be considered, please keep in mind that the exhibit is intended to travel and overly large or fragile pieces may not be practical to include. Image files must not exceed 20 MB. Please use RGB format, and save files as JPG’s. You will be asked for a one-sentence description of each artwork and a brief bio. Complete details may be found on the submission form. Click here to preview the form in full. The submission form closes on October 16, 2017.

Submit your art for The Beautiful now!


October 16, 2017 Final date for online submissions
November 3, 2017 Selected artists are notified via email
November 7, 2017 Selected works are announced
November 17, 2017 Artist agreements are signed and returned
December 1-15, 2017 Art is received at the CIVA office for crating
January 2, 2018 Exhibit installation begins
January 26, 2018 Exhibit opens at The Center Gallery | Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
March 1, 2018 Exhibit begins to travel

Travel Schedule

Please contact Exhibits Coordinator, Kate Austin, for details about reserving this show for your space.

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