We are partnering with the historic Jewish Art Salon of New York in this initiative to celebrate creativity.  Visual artists of all traditions, faith backgrounds and philosophies have been invited to respond to the Creation narratives in the Book of Genesis, the introductory verses of the Gospel of John and the relevant Suras of the Holy Qur'an. 

This exhibition is intended for artists who wish to engage with these texts emotionally, intellectually and aesthetically, as well as creating an inclusive conversation promoting creativity and diversity of imagination.

After the deadline for submissions has passed, the curatorial committee will select works for a physical exhibition in New York and for an online exhibition. The venue and dates for both exhibitions are yet to be confirmed. 

The Texts

Genesis 1:1- 3:1 -- “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.² The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.³ And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”

As related in this text, God begins a chain of events that explains the creation of the universe and all things in it. The narrative is sacred to all three Abrahamic faiths and known as a foundational text in much of the world. It has generated a profound impact on defining who we are and the world in which we live. People have accepted and cherished these narratives with a wide degree of shared analysis and communication yet maintain different interpretations of them. The discussion continues in our own time as to how to interpret these stories, ranging from Divine Revelation, to the academic tradition of a secular cultural legacy. The narratives continue to take on new meaning in our own era, maintaining their status as a defining chronicle of both cosmic and individual creativity.

Artworks must be based on the Book of Genesis Chapters 1-4, the Gospel of John chapter 1 vs1-3, relevant suras of the Holy Quran, i.e.  Sura’ Al-Baqarah, Sura’ As-Sajdah, Sura’ Yassin, Sura Al-A`raf, Sura Ta-Ha and Sura Al-Ma'ida and so on), as well as any additional and pertinent commentaries, ancient (i.e. Hadith, Midrash, etc.) or modern. Narratives include the first seven days of Creation, the Garden of Eden sequence, and Cain and Abel. 

Possible themes:

1. God and Deity as related to the text

2. Creation of the Universe and Philosophies of Creation

3. Mysticism: Kabbalah and Sufism

4. Humankind: Adam and Eve

5. Women and Identity: Lilith and Eve

6. Stewardship of the World: Ecological Responsibility

7. Creation of Time

8. The Garden of Eden

9. Concepts of the Fall

10. The Snake: Good and Evil

11. Banishment: East of Eden

12. Cain and Abel: The First Murder

Any questions, please contact: caravanrsvpevents@gmail.com

To Submit

Our aim is to exhibit works to the widest possible audience and for as many people as possible to benefit from the interaction with the works and the associated dialogues and programs. To this end, we will be exhibiting works both at a physical venue and online.

 

The submission criteria are different for exhibiting at the venue versus for online. Please read through the criteria carefully to ensure that your submission will be accepted.

ALL entries must be original in concept, design and execution, and may not violate US copyright laws. Non-compliance to this rule will be a disqualification of the entry. 

Criteria

For works to be considered for exhibition at a New York venue

Medium: Painting, Drawing, Graphics, New Media, Photography, Sculpture

Size:       Maximum 36” x 36”

               For sculpture the size & weight restrictions are contingent on the venue.

Date:      Works must have been produced between 2018 – 2021.  

               Works specifically created for this exhibition are preferred.

Images:  Images should be submitted as high-resolution jpegs saved with the last  

               Name_ title. For example, smith_banishment.jpg. 

               Maximum 1 image per artwork. 

               Submissions that feature image PDFs, or jpegs without names, title  will not be viewed.

Description:

              A short description of the artwork is also required in the submission form. (max 150 words)

Biography:

              A short biography is required in the submission form. (max 150 words)

No works framed with glass

No unframed works on paper unless an alternate display method is part of the concept

No works made of breakable materials such as clay or plaster.

Artists are responsible for the roundtrip transport of their work to and from the New York City venue. The Jewish Art Salon, CARAVAN and the venue will not be responsible for damage or theft.

For works to be considered for the online exhibition 

Medium: Painting, Drawing, Graphics, New Media, Photography, Mixed media, 

               Collage, Mosaic, Sculpture, Videos

Size:       No restrictions 

Date:      Works must have been produced between 2018 – 2021. 

               Works specifically created for this exhibition are preferred.

Images:  Images should be submitted as high-resolution jpegs saved with the last  

               Name_ title. For example, smith_banishment.jpg. 

               Maximum 1 image per artwork. 

               Submissions that feature image PDFs, or jpegs without names, title will not be viewed.

Description:

              A short description of the artwork is also required in the submission form. (max 150 words)

Biography:

              A short biography is required in the submission form. (max 150 words)

Advisors

Paul-Gordon Chandler
Founding President, CARAVAN Arts, and Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming.

Steven Fine
Churgin Professor of Jewish History; Director, Center for Israel Studies, Yeshiva University, NY.

Aaron Rosen
Professor of Religion and Visual Culture, Director The Henry Luce III Center for Arts and Religion, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC.

Jeffrey P. García
Assistant Professor of New Testament and Second Temple Literature, Nyack College, New York, NY.

Yona Verwer

 Founding Director, Jewish Art Salon, New York, NY.

Chief Curators

Richard McBee, Joel Silverstein and Claire Pearman

Curators

Goldie Gross, Abigail Meyer and Susan Maishlish

Submit Your Work

To send us your work, please fill in the form here by our deadline on Tuesday, 16 March 2021