The Call for Entries online submission is now closed.
About the Exhibit
Scribes of Hope II forms a natural connection to CIVA and its roots because we are a “People of the Book,” a book written and illuminated by hand for millennia before the invention of the printing press. The invention of the printing press coupled with the computer has eliminated the repetitive part of the calligrapher’s work and this allows us to concentrate on invention, meditation, and celebration of grace-filled words. The creative tension between legibility and expression is a continuum along which we will find ourselves at different points, but always starting with the inspiration of the text. Read more about Scribes of Hope II on the main exhibit page.
This exhibition will feature calligraphy that directly quotes either the Old or New Testament or is inspired by the Bible, texts from other inspirational sources, and any text that deepens our understanding of the relationship between art and faith. As Botts explains it, “the treatment of any text that is consistent with the hope of the Gospel is welcomed.” Texts can be in any language and the juror will consider work that is executed in any medium.
Timothy Botts is curating this exhibit. Tim completed his B.F.A. in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University during which time he apprenticed in calligraphy with Arnold Bank. He spent three years in Japan teaching conversational English and was influenced by the rich tradition of Japanese brush writing. Tim has designed more than 600 books for Tyndale House Publishers near Chicago where he is senior art director. Nine books of his own work are published, including Doorposts, Messiah, and a Bible illustrated in his calligraphy. Botts is a part-time instructor at College of DuPage and has taught workshops internationally. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Newberry Library. His newest body of work, based on African American spirituals, was published in 2011 as a book entitled Bound for Glory. Together with friends, in 1995 Tim helped form Masterpiece Ministries, an outreach to high school students in the arts for which he is currently the artistic director. Tim and wife Nancy are the parents of three grown children and twelve grandchildren.
Online Entry & Participation Process
June 1, 2012 - Submissions completed online.
June 30, 2012 - Notifications sent to artists by juror Timothy Botts.
September 1, 2012 - Work shipped for crating. Details for shipping will be given at time of notification.
Shipping - All accepted works should be shipped ready for installation. All 2-D works should be wired for hanging. Plexiglas must be used instead of glass. Each accepted work must be sent at the artist’s expense and artists will be notified of details upon acceptance. Out of the country fees and duty costs are the responsibility of the artist. CIVA will cover the expenses of returning the work to the artists.
Agreement - Submitting an entry form to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist with all conditions in this prospectus. Entry in the exhibit gives permission for an artwork to be photographed and used for the venue’s and CIVA’s publicity purposes, including an image of the work on CIVA’s website. CIVA reserves the right to not exhibit a work if it the work in question does not meet the expectations of the juror. Acceptance means that the work will travel with the exhibition for the duration of the show.
Insurance, Liability, and Sales - All works included in the exhibition will be insured while they are in CIVA’s possession for the duration of the show. Each work will be insured for up to a $5,000 value. Any value above this amount will be the responsibility of the artist. Works may be made available for sale with the artist’s permission. In the event of a sale, a contribution by the artist of 20% of the sale price to CIVA is requested. All such contributions are tax deductible to the artist. Delivery of purchased works will be possible after the end of the exhibition.
Sorry, but submissions for this exhibit are no longer being accepted.