International House

Entry Deadline: Oct. 31

221 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

For this call, International House in collaboration with PhotoNOLA and Prospect 03, invites photographers and mixed-media artists whose work incorporates photography, to submit images that reimagine Mary Magdalene.

No one in the Christian pantheon except Jesus, Mary his mother or perhaps “John the Baptist” has inspired artists more than Mary Magdalene. Her themes remain remarkably vivid today in a global conversation about women, female power, participation and sexuality. She is currently at the epicenter of a cultural movement, and as always, art finds itself at the leading edge, the prism through which one sees what popular culture believes about a person at particular moments in time.

We know her as Mapia. Maria. Miriam. Mandala. Migdal. Magdala. Magdalena, Mary of Magdala and Mary Magdalene. But who was she? Why was she? On one hand portrayed as Jesus’ closest confidant, Apostle to the apostles, friend, lover and soul mate. By others, the bad girl of the Bible, a repentant prostitute and demon-possessed crazy woman. And to some, she did it all, and she did it all well. Kindly visit this site for a fuller narrative, and please read these two remarkable pieces, the first by Princeton’s gifted Dr. Elaine Pagels, a second by distinguished former priest | author |professor James Carroll, as well as various others among Karen King’s significant contributions, to this discourse, each intended to spark ideas and artful inspiration.

From the submissions, twelve (12) artists will be invited to participate in this MAGDALENA exhibition. Their 12 works of art will be a on display from December 06, 2014 – January 06, 2015 and offered for sale at prices established by each artist. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Alliance for International Women’s Rights.

This exhibition is part of Prospect 03+.

A limited edition exhibition catalog will be available through the hotel.

A reception and awards ceremony will take pace Friday, December 12, 2014 | 8-11P. Awards will be announced at 9:30 P.

The full complement of submissions will be projected in the hotel’s lobby via continuous digital loop during
the reception and shall be displayed in the online-gallery of our MAGDALENA site.

DEADLINE: October 31, 2014

International House has contributed $4500 for Purchase Awards. Jurors will, thus, bestow at least three purchase awards, with First, Second and Third place recognition. While scoring is subjective, we seek not merely the literal but art capable of informing the conversation about this important woman and sustaining a broader conversation about women.

Purchased art will be placed on permanent display in International House’s newly createdmagdalena gallery,apublicspacewhichpaystributetoextraordinary women and honors the divine feminine.

This Call for Entries is open worldwide to both amateur and professional photographers as well as mixed-media artists, whose work incorporates photography, working in all medium and styles. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome. However, 3-D work is not eligible, and 2-D work must be no larger than 42” x 42” and no smaller than 20” x 30”.

The entry fee is $30 for up to three images. Additional images may be submitted for $10 per image.




Submissions are due October 31, 2014 via the MAGDALENA site and must include one’s CV, artist statement and image list (title, size, medium and price for each piece). All files must be 72 dpi in jpg format, not to exceed 1MB per image. Files should be titled with artist first name, last name, (underscore) title of work (i.e. JaneDoe_Magdalena01.jpeg)

On November 07, 2014 twelve (12) artists will be chosen from the full roster of submissions and invited via email to participate. Art must be received at International House New Orleans by December 1, 2014 for the exhibition, framed professionally, wired and ready for hanging.

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