March 14th marked the beginning of the 11th International Art Competition, an ever-growing event organized by the Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This iteration of the competition includes submissions from over 26 countries. This year’s theme is “Meditations on Belief” and had over 900 submissions, and the exhibit will be open at the Church History library from March 9 to October 7, 2019.
The theme draws on a verse from Psalm 77:
“I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.”
According to Laura Allred Hurtado, curator of the competition, the hope is to showcase the breadth and diversity of Latter-day Saint cultural production through the various styles, techniques, media and voices. In addition, the competition hopes to expand the art canon for Latter-day Saints, beyond what they might see regularly in the halls of their ward buildings.
Tell Them What They’ll Win, Merv
An awards ceremony for artists of distinction will be held as part of the opening event on March 14. This ceremony will be held in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and will followed by a public reception with refreshments from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
If you can’t make it to Salt Lake don’t despair, you can take an virtual look at the exhibits here.
The museum is open to the public Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Admission is free.