In creating a compelling exhibit for ArtPrize, I knew I needed more than just a bunch of steeple photographs. I needed a story.
Each image would need to be strong, connected to an overall theme, and move viewers' hearts. And for that reason, many steeples did not make the exhibit, even though they were strong on their own.
I chose inspirational passages from the bible, attributing the author to make a human connection.
ArtPrize was one of the best experiences of my life! I'm forever grateful for the support that I've received before, during, and after this exhibition. I'm looking forward to growing as an artist and more opportunities to exhibit my art.
Now that ArtPrize 2021 is complete, I will continue #MiSteepleChase with my family. We will continue exploring new towns and creatively inSPIRE our great state with steeples and God's word.
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Below is a list of Michigan cities and passages that were on display during ArtPrize.
Valuable - St. Ignace
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
- Yeshua the Christ
Companions - East Lansing
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? -King Solomon
Favor - Detroit
Blessed and greatly favored are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence; They will be singing Your praises all the day long. Selah. Blessed and greatly favored is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion. - Sons of Korah
Justice - Flint
Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
Shine - Jackson
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. - Yeshua the Christ
Peaceful Partisans - Lansing
God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. - Yeshua the Christ
Comfort - Harbor Springs
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. - King David
Freedom - Spring Lake
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." - Apostle Paul
Sacrifice - Grand Rapids
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. - Yeshua the Christ
Zeal - Petoskey
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you, and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. -Prophet Isaiah
Harmony - South Haven
If I speak human or angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give away all my possessions, and if I give over my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind. Love never ends.
- Apostle Paul
Pure - Ann Arbor
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
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