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Trinity Church Seeks Artwork for Gospel of Matthew Themed Exhibition

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Trinity Church Seeks Artwork for Gospel of Matthew Themed Exhibition




“The Gospel of Matthew”

Catherine Howie, Pastor of Worship Arts


Theme: The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew is the ancient Biblical text at the beginning of the New Testament attributed to Matthew, one of the twelve apostles called by Jesus. The Gospel tells the account of Jesus Christ, the long-prophesied Jewish Messiah, from his birth to his resurrection. The numerous Old Testament references suggest Matthew wrote to a Jewish audience, however several passages referring to “all nations” demonstrates the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant that Messiah would come to save people from every nation. The narrative is interrupted five times with blocks of Jesus’ teachings known as the Five Discourses. With 31 occurrences of “Kingdom of Heaven” Matthew’s Gospel describes what a community of disciples should look like on earth.

Additional information:

Trinity Church sermon series on Matthew:

ICXC NIKA graphic:

Bible Project video summary: and


  • Art must be original and the work of the entrant.
  • Artist may submit up to four works.
  • Prints will be accepted for photography and digital arts.
  •  Art must be two-dimensional.
  • Art must be framed and ready to hang (no saw-tooth hangers).
  • If art exceeds 48 inches in either direction, please contact Trinity Gallery before submitting the entry.
  • A tag must be attached to the back of the frame listing: artist, medium, size, price or NFS, and artist contact information (phone or email).
  • All submission materials must be received by 11:59 pm, August 31, 2016.
  • Art accepted into the show must be delievered to Trinity Church on Sept 20 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.
  • Trinity Gallery is not able to accept shipped artwork at this time.
  • All sales will be between the artist and patron.
  • Art must remain in place until Nov 21, 2016.

Judging Criteria

  • Artistic use of media
  • Effective use of design elements
  • Interpretation of the theme
  • Presentation/framing


  • Scott McElroy
    • Scott is the author of Creative Church Handbook: Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation (IVP), and Finding Divine Inspiration, Director of The New Renaissance Arts Movement arts renewal organization and Director of Arts at the Indianapolis Vineyard Christian Fellowship. He speaks and teaches nationally about reconnecting the Church to the arts.
  • Kory Pence
    • Kory pushes past conventional solutions to explore new boundaries of advancing ideas through design. He loves to create collaborative environments where open thinking inspires great design and excells in visual storytelling. Kory holds an MFA from Marywood University and is currently the Creative Director of The Wesleyan Church and the owner of Underfire Solutions.
  • Catherine Howie.
    • Catherine is the Worship Arts Pastor of Trinity Church; the Co-Founder/Director with her husband Tomas Howie of Halcyon Arts, which encourages and equips artists in spiritual creativity; and an award-winning iPhonographer. She blogs extensively, considers herself a Synthesist as she delights to pull disparate elements into a cohesive whole, and loves to create art and laughter with her sweet granddaughter, Evelyn.

Submission Materials

1. Artist Statement (

2. Artist-Gallery Agreement, (

3. $20 submission fee (non-refundable) for each piece of art

4. One electronic file per entry:

  • Photo of the entire work
  • File format: .jpg or .png
  • Each file may not exceed 5MB
  • Name files and emails with last name of artist and entry number on Artist Statement and Artist-Gallery Agreement
    • For example: Jones01.jpg, Jones02.jpg, etc

Submisssions must be received by 4:00 pm, August 31, 2016


  • Submission fee(s):
  • Send the following email submissions to:
    • Attach Artist Statement and Artist-Gallery Agreement documents to one email
    • Attach each .jpg or .png file to a separate email
      • Type “Matthew” and your last name in the Subject field

Mail or in-person submission pieces:

  • Hard copies of Artist Statement and Artist-Gallery Agreement
  • Images on CD
  • Submission fee(s) check made payable to: Trinity Church
    • Trinity Church, 9709 Allisonville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46250
      • Office Hours: Mon – Thurs, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
      • Note: the Church Office is the house behind the church building


  • Best of Show – $100, and a solo-artist show at Trinity Gallery
  • Peoples’ Choice – $100 (Voting takes place during opening reception)
  • Best Drawing (pastel, charcoal, graphite, etc) – $50
  • Best Painting (water color, oil, acrylic, etc) – $50
  • Best Photography (film, digital, mobile, etc.) – $50
  • Best Mixed Media – $50
  • Best Under-18 Work – $50

Trinity Gallery reserves the right to combine categories based on entries received and to award prizes based on merit.


Aug 31 – Submission of all materials by 11:59 pm

(Note: for in-person submissions, the Church Office closes at 4:00 pm)

Sep 12 – Acceptance sent by email

Sep 20 – Art delivered to Trinity Church 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Sep 23 – Opening Reception 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Award Ceremony following Jazz Concert at 8:00 pm

Nov 21-22 – Pick-up art 1:00 – 7:00 pm

Show Hours

Sunday mornings from 9:00 am – noon

During Trinity Church events

See website for listing: