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Texas professional artists invited to enter original artwork for 'A Year on the Plaza' art competition
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May 27, 2017
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No entry fees and winner receives $2,500 stipend along with year-long display in Dallas Arts District

DALLAS – Professional artists across Texas are invited to enter The Catholic Foundation’s A Year on the Plaza Art Competition by Thursday, Aug. 24 at 3:00 p.m. for an exceptional exhibition opportunity for the winning artist. 

The Catholic Foundation hosts this unique competition to identify a piece of original artwork to adorn a 28-foot-long by 9-foot-wide public art wall in the Dallas Arts District for one year. There are no entry fees, and the winning artist receives a $2,500 stipend. Honorable mentions are also recognized with $250 each.

2016 Year on the Plaza Art Competition winner Tanya Joiner Slate and her two granddaughters admire her piece, Trinity River Origami, which has been on display in The Catholic Foundation Plaza for one year.

“I am continuously impressed by the creative and talented artists that enter the art competition,” said J. Matthew Kramer, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation. “The Catholic Foundation Plaza serves as a gift to the citizens of Dallas, and we are proud to inspire the community by showcasing a new piece of original artwork each year.” 

Submissions must measure 28 inches by 9 and 2/3 inches, and the winning work will be digitally enlarged to cover the wall in the Plaza. Works must be appropriate for the location of the Plaza on the grounds of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe but do not require a religious theme. Photography or computer-generated art are not eligible. The Request for Proposal is available at www.catholicfoundation.com. 

A panel of highly respected members of the local arts community will determine the winning piece, which will be installed and unveiled in October 2017. 

“It’s kind of shocking looking up here in the middle of the Dallas Arts District – I have to remind myself that I did that,” said 2016 winning artist Tanya Joiner Slate.

About The Catholic Foundation Plaza

The Catholic Foundation Plaza is a unique 3,900-square-foot public space located at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the corner of Flora and Crockett Streets, directly across from the Meyerson Symphony Hall. The Plaza is in a highly visible location to visitors to the Dallas Arts District and is also one of the sites on the “Public Art Walk 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 wall currently displays last year’s winning piece, “Trinity River Origami” by Tanya Joiner Slate. Smaller replicas of all past winning artwork are mounted on the wall as well.

About The Catholic Foundation

The Catholic Foundation is a trusted giving vehicle for the Catholic community. Chartered in 1955, the Foundation was founded by a group of dedicated Catholic laymen with a vision that extended far beyond the charitable needs of the moment. The Foundation has spent decades building a strong community, helping donors fulfill their charitable goals, and preserving the founders’ vision and philanthropic legacy. Over the past 55 years, the Foundation has provided more than $126 million in grants to religious, charitable and educational organizations. Today, it manages approximately $225 million in assets and houses more than 400 charitable funds and trusts.

For additional information about The Catholic Foundation, call 972.661.9792 or visit www.catholicfoundation.com.