ECVA plans to sanctify convention worship space through art

April 10, 2003

How do you transform a 99,000 square foot convention hall into a space for worship for 9,000 people at General Convention--on a limited budget? Use projected images to create visual meditations on the convention theme, Engaging God's Mission, and the sub-themes--Receive, Repent, Reconcile, and Restore.

To do that, the Episcopal Church in the Visual Arts (ECVA) is seeking images of original work from artists and architects in the Episcopal community for projection as part of daily worship at General Convention July 3-August 8. Selected work will be credited and shown to participants to enhance worship and to raise awareness of the visual arts in the church.

In addition to the convention themes, the Feast of the Transfiguration will feature images of transformation on a day that focuses on youth, the feast day for Enmegabowh will provide an opportunity to showcase Native American art, and the theme Rebuilding the Church will focus on church renovations and new buildings, as well as the social dimension of 'rebuilding.'

'The use of projected images that are not simply a direct-feed video link of the service will be a new departure for General Convention,' said Eliza Linley of ECVA. 'We are very excited about the possibilities, not only for the transformation of the space, but for revealing the richness and diversity of artists' work in the church.' Other art at Convention will include the National Altar Guild's exhibit of liturgical art, and a set of Stations of the Cross in the chapel, created by Tom Faulkner, sculptor and ECVA member.

Artists from Native American, Latino, and other ethnic traditions are especially encouraged to submit. Submissions should include a short statement connecting the work to the chosen theme, and complete contact information. Send digital images as an e-mail attachment in .jpg format (between 200 and 300 dpi) or CD-ROM to Mel Ahlborn, 55 Sanders Ranch Rd., Moraga, CA 94556 or