Frequently Asked Questions.
Why Seven Days?
We like to say, "If God can create a universe in seven days, surely an artist can do a painting in that time." Seriously, though, a hard deadline inspires creativity, innovation, spontenaity, and panic. It can put participants in a place where they have to trust the Holy Spirit to move through them to illustrate the Word that's assigned, and that's why we call it "an artistic encounter with the Word of God."
Are there rules?
To use the 7 Day Bible Art Challenge brand and the guidance and tools we provide, churches or organizations must have a few rules for artists:
- All art must be based on passages solely from the Bible
- All art must be original - not pre-existing
- All art must be created in a 168-hour, 7 day period
- Judging of art must apply equal weight to "Scriptural Integration" and "Technical Quality"
Beyond these must-haves, local organizers have free rein to conduct the competition however best fits their local communities within the terms of the Subscription Agreement.
How is art juried?
Normally 50% of the “grade” is for Scriptural Integration (how well the artwork captures the intent of the assigned Bible verse or passage), and 50% is for technical quality. Ultimately it's a subjective call on the part of the jurors the organizer recruits as to which artworks best capture the scope of the Bible passage with excellent art technique. We at 7dayArt.com do not judge any art - we leave that up to the local organizers.
What art can be submitted?
In our pilots, any kind of art was allowed as long as it could hang on a wall, because our gallery space was limited to wall art. Besides physical limits like size or mounting, some organizers may want to limit it to a certain medium if their jury members aren't familiar with other types. The choice is entirely up to the organizing team.
Will this affect the church budget?
In our pilots we have operated with zero impact to the church budget by incurring minimal costs and charging entry fees sufficient to cover expenses. You will want your organization's financial people to handle the money. The Guidebook offers several options that organizers can use or modify.
Why are there prizes and entry fees?
If an organizer wants to offer the contest with no entry fee and token prizes (or none at all), that's fine. We found that cash or material prizes are an incentive for people who may not be inclined to participate without the chance of a tangible reward. To keep it budget neutral, entry fees can cover the prizes and expenses, unless you can recruit sponsors, get donations or make it part of your church budget. Entry fees also promote "buy-in," so artists are more likely to take the Challenge seriously.
Who owns the art?
With our pilots, the artist owns the art and can sell it, but artists agree to display their art in our gallery for the duration of the exhibit, and grant permission to use photographs of the art for promotional purposes. Organizers can change these terms if they desire.
Can a Challenge be used as a fundraiser?
It certainly can. The Guidebook outlines several options to use a Challenge as a fundraiser for a church or nonprofit.
Can the organizer(s) be compensated?
That is up to your team. We have no restriction on how funds you raise can be used. However, the Subscription Agreement states that to be able to use our brand, you must be under some kind of financial accountability umbrella, such as a church or other established organization, so that financial scandal does not tarnish your reputation or our brand.
Can churches compete with each other?
A friendly rivalry can enliven a competition like this, so yes. Your subscription entitles you to use our brand for an event with one physical location, but you can invite other churches to participate in the same event. Have fun with it - every one wins because they're all encountering the Word of God in a new and fresh way.
Does it have to be a church?
Anyone can organize a 7 Day Bible Art Challenge. It just takes a team of people to make and execute the plan. The Guidebook is written from the perspective of a church, but other organizations can subscribe, including nonprofits such as art clubs, and businesses such as art stores, art schools or galleries.
What about youth or amateurs?
Because it can seem a little unfair to have youth or amateurs competing with professional artists, you can set up divisions and have separate awards for best-in-class. The possibilities are endless. However the "great equalizer" is the Word of God. Because "Scriptural Integration" is 50% of the score, an amateur painting could outscore a pro.
Can schools use it?
Parochial schools would have no problem, and it could make for an interesting competition between schools in a city. If a student brought a church’s competition to the attention of fellow students in public school, that would be good too, provided students competed on their own time. There might be issues if a public school organized a Challenge, but if they teach the Bible as literature, art departments may be able to support it. You’d have to clear it with the public school administration.
Does it have to be the Bible?
Well, if it isn’t the Bible, you have to call it the “7 Day Art Challenge.” But you can subscribe and use our resources to do a focused art competition from other reference material. You just can't repackage our content and sell it by another name.
How does the Website Subscription work?
As the event organizer, you can purchase a subscription to 7dayart.com. Depending on the subscription level, you will have access to the tools and guidelines for one year. You also have permission to use the national "7day" brand for one year for as many events in one location as you'd like to organize in that year. Your event will be listed on our Website, and depending on subscription level, news and announcements of your event can be posted on our Events page. To continue using the 7 Day Art model and the brand, an annual subscription renewal is required. The Subscription Agreement contains a non-compete/non-disclosure clause, which means you cannot repackage our material and resell it or give it to another organizer to use.
Do I have to subscribe to have an art competition?
Absolutely not! We claim no rights to the concept of an art competition. But you can't use the words "7 Day Bible Art Challenge, " "7 Day Art" or our logo, and you can't use our Guidebook materials without a subscription.
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