I just got back from the Awards Ceremony for the 9th International Art Competition. It was a VERY long drive there and another long drive back. But I am very glad that I have such a wonderful husband and kids that are willing to pack up and spend five days in the car just so that I could attend the ceremony.
I found out some interesting numbers at the ceremony. There were exactly 1155 entries to the show. 260 pieces of art were shipped to the Museum of Church History and Art for the second round of judging. 198 pieces were accepted into the show. There were 20 Merit Awards given out and 15 Purchase Awards (which is the one that I received).
A couple of people spoke about the history of the competition and the significance of it. It has been a tradition now for 27 years and has helped many LDS artists gain exposure and a receptive audience for their work. Many of the great Mormon artists alive today got their start in this competition (Walter Raine for one). Much of the artwork that was accepted into the show leaned toward modern styles. A quote was read (I wish I could remember who it was by!) from an artist saying that uplifting artwork enriches the soul. It does so much good for a person, that it should be as essential to us as a kitchen table and chairs.