Nearly 150 works by Latter-day Saint artists from around the world have been selected for the 12th International Art Competition of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The competition winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday evening.
The church’s international art competition seeks to spread the lived faith of members around the world, art curator Laura Paulsen Howe said in the press release.
“We hope to encourage the creation of quality works of art, showcase the breadth and diversity of Latter-day Saint cultural production, and purchase works of art for the collection of the Museum of Latter-day Saint History. Church that help represent who we are as a people,” she said.
The theme for this year’s contest is taken from a scripture in the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 26:33“All are like God.”
There were 850 submissions for the contest. The work was selected by a team of five jurors: Heather Belnap, an academic; Fidalis Buehler, artist; Rose Datoc Dall, an artist; Amy Maxwell Howard, an academic; and Nnamdi Okonkwo, an artist.
The exhibited works were created by artists from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, England, Estonia, Fiji, Germany, Ghana, Iraq, Italy, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Ukraine and the United States, among others. These works come in a variety of media including sculpture, ceramics, chitenge and tapa.