The Saint Vincent Gallery has announced that the seventh Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition will be held during the summer and fall and offer $3,500 in cash prizes. 

Established by the late Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey, the biennial juried competition and exhibition seeks to foster the arts of the western Christian tradition and also considers other artistic traditions of Christian subject matter. 

Juror for this competition is Elizabeth Lev, Ph.D., an American-born art historian who specializes in Christian art and architecture, Baroque painting and sculpture and High Renaissance art. She is a professor of art and architecture for the Italian campuses of Christendom College and Duquesne University, and a licensed guide for the city of Rome and the Vatican Museums. Lev holds a bachelor of arts degree in art history from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Bologna.

She has served as a Vatican Analyst for NBC and has appeared on The Today ShowNightline and 60 Minutes.

Lev has taught and lectured in numerous international venues including an address at the United Nations in New York entitled, “An Evening with Raphael: Raphael’s Art and Human Dignity,” and a TED talk representing the Vatican Museums entitled, “The Unheard Story of the Sistine Chapel.”

She has been featured in History television’s Museum Secrets, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and the host of Catholic Canvas, a 10-part series on the art of the Vatican Museums, which aired on EWTN. Lev serves as a consultant on art and faith for the Vatican Museums and has authored the documentary “Vatican Treasures: Art and Faith”along with an accompanying course on the history of the museums for Vatican guides. She has served as a keynote speaker for Notre Dame University’s Center for Ethics where she is a permanent research fellow.

Lev is the author of numerous articles on art that have appeared in First ThingsSacerdosInside the Vaticanthe College Art AssociationThe Sacred Art JournalMagnificat and Zenit. Her most recent series of articles have appeared online on Aleteia. She is the author of three books: The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious CountessCaterina Riario Sforza de’ Medici (Mariner Books, 2012), Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches with George Weigel (Basic Books, 2013), and A Body for Glory: Theology of the Body in the Papal Collections with Fr. Jose Granados (Musei Vaticani Publications, 2017).

The postmark entry deadline for artwork is Monday, Aug. 3.

Cash prizes will be awarded at the opening of the exhibit on Sunday, Oct. 28. These include a $1,000 best-of-show, $750 second place award, $500 third place award and four juror mentions of $250 each.

The exhibition will be held from Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 2, in The Saint Vincent Gallery located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center. 

The competition is open to any artist, professional or amateur, of any religious background, who is age 21 or older. All entries must be original by the submitting artist and created within the past five years. Previously submitted works are ineligible. 

Complete entry guidelines, including submission forms, are available at http://gallery.stvincent.edu.

For more information, contact The Saint Vincent Gallery at 724-805-2107or by email at catholic.arts@stvincent.edu.