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The Catholic Foundation Announces Invitation to Submit Work to Art Competition

The Catholic Foundation announced a call for submissions to the Seventh Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition.  The Foundation is accepting work from professional artists throughout Texas now through Friday, August 24, 2012 at 3 p.m.

The winning artist will receive a $2,500 stipend and will have his or her work featured for one year as a larger-than-life mural in the Catholic Foundation Plaza, located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Honorable mentions will receive $250 each.

“Over the past seven years, it has been a privilege to facilitate this competition of talented Texas professional artists and enjoy the beautiful winning pieces on display here in Dallas,” said Edwin M. Schaffler, President and CEO of The Catholic Foundation.  “We encourage all professional artists to consider submission in The Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition in 2012 for a chance to display your work to the thousands of visitors that pass through the Dallas Arts District each year.”

The Catholic Foundation Plaza is a 3,900-square-foot public space on the grounds of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 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, “Dallas in Wonderland,” by Rebecca Guy.

The winning piece, which will be selected by a panel of highly respected members of the local arts community, will be unveiled during a public dedication ceremony on October 11, 2012.  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, local 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  The Request for Proposal and images of past winners also is available at

About The Catholic Foundation

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.  More than $73 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 or visit

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