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The Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition

The Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition

The Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition provides opportunity to be featured in booming Dallas Arts District to professional Texas artists

The Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition. The Foundation has expanded the competition’s geographic boundaries and is now accepting submissions from professional artists from across the entire state of Texas. The winning artist will receive a $2,500 stipend and will have their work featured as a larger-than-life mural in the Catholic Foundation Plaza, located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District for one year. Additionally, honorable mentions will receive $250 each. The deadline for entries is 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 26, 2011.

“Because of the immense talent in many arts communities throughout Texas, we have opened up our competition to professional artists from across the state and are excited to see the diversity in workmanship they will bring to the table,” said Edwin M. Schaffler, President and CEO of The Catholic Foundation. “The regionally and nationally recognized Dallas Arts District will provide a prominent location for the winning artwork and great exposure for the artist as the District continues to flourish.”

The Catholic Foundation Plaza is a 3,900-square-foot public space on the grounds of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, just across the street from the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The Plaza is surrounded by the buildings of Pritzker Prize-winning architects, as well as renowned museums including the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museum of Art. A favorite among locals and tourists, The Catholic Foundation Plaza and winning artwork are also featured in the Business Council for the Arts’ Public ArtWalk Dallas. Dedicated in 2006, the Plaza was a gift from The Catholic Foundation to the Dallas community to commemorate the Foundation’s 50th anniversary. The winning artwork will be displayed on the Plaza’s 28-foot-long by 9-foot-wide art wall, which currently displays last year’s winning piece titled “Downtown Playground,” by J. Lynn Kelly.

A panel comprised of highly respected members of the local arts community will select the winning piece which will be unveiled during a public dedication ceremony on October 13, 2011. This year’s Selection Committee includes one representative from The Catholic Foundation and one representative from the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe; Cindy M. Gummer, owner of The Enchanted Galleries; Katherine Wagner, CEO of the Business Council for the Arts; Patricia B. Meadows, Art Connections; David C. Hickman, sculptor; Pamela Nelson, Dallas artist; and Gary Skotnicki of Architexas, the architectural firm and designer of the Plaza.

Professional artists living in Texas are invited to submit one original work of art. Submissions must measure 28 inches by 9 and 2/3 inches and must be in keeping with the location of the Plaza on the Cathedral grounds but do not require a religious theme. For the complete Request for Proposal with all competition details please contact Linda Scheets at 972.661.9792 or

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Chartered in 1955, The Catholic Foundation was founded by a group of dedicated Catholic laymen with a vision that extended far beyond the charitable needs of the moment. For 55 years, this independent, nonprofit corporation has dedicated its resources to compassionate charitable giving through grants provided by benefactors through its many planned giving programs. During the last 25 years alone, more than $65 million from the unrestricted endowment and donor-established funds has been provided to meet the needs within the Diocese of Dallas and the community, through grants to various religious, educational and charitable organizations.

For additional information about The Catholic Foundation, call 972.661.9792.

The Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition

The Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition

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