+ Basic requirements for all artistic submissions
A title for your piece/pieces.
An artist's statement about your submitted piece/pieces. Must be 100 words or less.
A high quality .jpg of yourself. Minimum size 800x800 px.
An artist's bio describing yourself and your artistic mission. Must be 100 words or less.
A high quality .jpg of your submitted piece/pieces. Minimum size 1080x1080 px.
3 high quality .jpgs of previous works of note. Minimum size 1080x1080 px.
A Google Doc or Microsoft Word document containing your entire piece.
For Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction/Articles, maximum word count 3,000 words. For Poetry, maximum line count 150 lines.
3 other previous works of note, either through blog URLs or Google Docs/Microsoft Word documents.
An .mp3 file or Soundcloud link containing your song/songs.
Submissions that do not adhere to these requirements will not be considered.
+ What mediums are accepted in the traveling art gallery?
Visual Art, Three Dimensional Art, Photography, Songs, Spoken Word, Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, and Theological Articles.
Our Visual Art, Three Dimensional Art, and Photography will be displayed as part of our traveling art gallery. Songs will be compiled into our artistic album that will be free to download on our website. Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Theological Articles will be placed into our zine, which will be made available for free at our gallery events.
We would love for the gallery to be as diverse as possible to give churches as many lenses as possible through which to view the annual theme.
+ What is the largest size a visual piece can be?
Some general guidelines are no taller than 6.5ft, no wider than 8.5ft, and no deeper than 4ft.
Pieces larger than those guidelines will still be accepted if we feel it speaks to our Annual Theme, but oversized pieces will only be displayed in churches that can effectively accommodate them. We will not be able to display oversized works in church venues with limited space, and we will communicate with the artist which churches their oversized pieces will or will not be displayed in.
+ Is it necessary for art to adhere to the annual theme?
Yes. Artists adhering to the Annual Theme is essential for creative direction, promotional clarity, and effective gallery curation.
+ Is it necessary for the participating artists to be Christian?
Yes. For the most part, Qara’ Shem is a ministry that is done by the Church for the Church. Our goal is to build up the Church by means of its own artists, which in turn allows the Church to build up its artists, who can then serve their artistic communities through their organic expression of faith. To use the often-referred-to analogy, we allow the internal organs of the Church to build up the Body of Christ, allowing the limbs of the Body to work even better than they did before.
+ What does Qara' Shem mean by "Christian"? What denomination does Qara' Shem ascribe to?
Qara’ Shem is a non-denominational ministry that adheres strongly to the Nicene Creed. We do not exist to point out denominational differences, but seek to celebrate “one Lord, one Faith, and one Baptism” through artistic expression with the larger body of believers we will all commune with in heaven at the end of the ages (Ephesians 4:4-6, NIV).
Denominational differences may be evident in an artist’s artistic statement or in the content of individual artistic pieces. We encourage participating artists, churches, and art viewers to let these differences wash over them and not be threatened by them, allowing the differing perspectives to prompt their minds to think, and embracing the similar Christianity that prompts their hearts to worship.
+ Will the physical art be for sale?
Yes. Unless otherwise noted by the artist, all art has the opportunity to be for sale. This is a main feature of Qara' Shem, and a practical way that church goers can support our featured artists and our traveling gallery.
+ How does pricing the physical art work?
The artist will name the price for their work when it is submitted. We add 20% to that price as our gallery fee. If the art gets sold, the artist gets the price they asked for, and we get the added 20%.
So for example, let's say an artist says their piece is worth $100. Qara' Shem will then take their price and add 20% to it. So the price displayed on our piece at the time of our gallery will be $120. The artist gets the $100 they said their piece was worth, and Qara' Shem receives the $20 added to the total as means to keep our gallery running.
+ Will there be mature themes allowed in Qara' Shem's featured artwork?
Mature themes are allowed in our submissions, but each church has the ability to pull individual pieces they would rather not show. We may accept a nude piece for its beauty and theological significance, but if a church feels as though that piece will be a stumbling block to its congregation, they maintain the right to withhold the piece from their church space.
We will review all of our artwork with each church once all of the art has been finalized to identify if there are any pieces they would rather not show to their congregations. However, Qara' Shem does encourage churches to allow our art not only to bless them with beauty, but to challenge them with content.
+ Can artists submit previously made works?
If you have a previously made work that fits right in with our Annual Theme, we would love to feature it! We would also love to see pieces made specifically for the topic, too!
No matter what kind of work you are submitting, remember to submit it according to our submission requirements. Whatever your creative spirit is calling you to submit, Qara’ Shem would love to flow alongside you and promote your art however we can.
Do you have more questions? Do you want to submit your art? Feel free to email us!
Click here to access our form, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to work with you!