Seeking to advance the Kingdom of God by lifting up the good, the true, and the beautiful through cultural renewal, and caring for the world’s poor and defenseless.
Art today has become so individualized that ten people seeing the same piece would come away with ten different opinions about what it is communicating. Art promoted in Christian venues can lack creativity (e.g., slapping a verse on a picture of a lighthouse). We do not seek “Hallmark card” art, i.e. purely landscape scenes that may be lovely to view but do not communicate a deeper message. The tension is being able to communicate deep truths without being so obvious that the art lacks creativity, nor so obscure that most people cannot agree on its meaning.
The Oakton Foundation holds bi-annual competitions for adults and high school students to award the best original painting or sketch that communicates a moral truth with excellence to a wide audience. Potential mediums are limited to oils, acrylics, pastels, water color, charcoal, pencils, or similar mediums. Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, quality, and effectiveness in expressing the contest theme.