March 31, 2014
Call For Entries
Ordinary Time — An Investigation Of The Eternal Now
An ECVA On-Line Exhibition



All the way to heaven is heaven.
—Saint Catherine of Siena


One of the hallmarks of the visual artist is simply the ability to see. Art is that act of seeing captured, translated, and shared. The image, therefore, is a moment of time. It is what the artist saw, either in direct experience of the external world, or, indirect experience of the inner landscape of imagination.


What we see is what we shape. And this process of seeing is both constant and subtle. Why? Because what we see is common. Our visual landscape is the everyday, the ordinary, the instant. We see light and shadow, form and substance, objects and creatures. In short, we see life. Life lived in ordinary time. Life all around us—the created reality of the artist of origin that we name God.


In this exhibition we will attempt to inspire through a celebration of the ordinary. We will seek to reveal what we see at its most fundamental level. We will freeze-frame the process of art so that we may consider its inner workings—those fragments of time that give meaning to what we see, and give depth to what we perceive.


...the most basic lesson that all art teaches us is to stop, look, and listen to life on this planet, including our own lives, as a vastly richer, deeper, more mysterious business than most of the time it ever occurs to us to suspect as we bumble along from day to day on automatic pilot. In a world

that for the most part steers clear of the whole idea of

holiness, art is one of the few places left where we

can speak to each other of holy things.
— Frederick Buechner


Suzanne Shettles Charleston


Artists who are members of The Artists Registry @ ECVA may submit up to three images to be considered for this exhibition. Images must be in either GIF or JPEG file format and sized so that they are at least 1000 pixels on the smallest/shortest side, when displayed at a resolution of 72 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

Send your image(s) attached to an e-mail (one image per e-mail, please).  In the e-mail, provide your NAME, the TITLE of the image, and the ART MEDIA as you wish them to appear in the exhibition. You may also include a statement which relates your image to this Call, using no more than 150 words (which may be edited for length). Please include statement in the text of the e-mail, do not attach separately.

The subject line of the e-mail should contain "Ordinary Time" along with YOUR NAME. The subject line should look similar to this:

Subject: YOUR NAME: Ordinary Time, 1 of 3

Do not use previous ECVA entry forms. All submissions must be received no later than

May 30, 2014

Please note: Images submitted for this Call must NOT have been shown in any previous ECVA Exhibition. By submitting entries for this exhibition, you agree that we may use the images on the ECVA web site (including ECVA's new "exhibitions" YouTube channel); in printed and on-line promotional material produced by ECVA; in the ECVA Newsletter; and on the Art Blog at Episcopal Cafe.

Entries must be sent to If you have questions, please send them to

NOTE: You can always find the current Call from a link on
ECVA home page at

Mailing Address: Episcopal Church and Visual Arts, Inc.
815 Second Avenue New York, NY  10017

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