May 31, 2013

Art contest to promote 'art of giving'

Submitted by the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia

— The Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia and the Creative Arts Guild have announced the inaugural “The Art of Giving” contest and exhibit — an art contest with a cash award of $1,000 and an invitation for a 2014 exhibition. The winner will be announced at a “Celebration of Giving” hosted by the foundation on Sept. 26 at the Dalton Freight Depot.

“The purpose of the competition is to promote the arts and elevate the awareness of the giving spirit of communities,” said Terry Tomasello, executive director of the Creative Arts Guild. “We are thrilled to bring the works of the 10 finalists together to the Dalton Freight Depot in September for an event commemorating philanthropy and celebrating the generosity and camaraderie that exists in every community — especially here in Dalton. And one artist will be given prize money and the transformational opportunity of showing his or her work at a 2014 exhibit.”

Artists 18 and older living in the United States are eligible to compete. Each artist can enter up to three pieces of visual art that represent the giving spirit of a community. The formal call to artists and rules of entry have been posted at the foundation’s website,

“The Art of Giving prize is underwritten by a grant from the Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation,” said David Aft, president of the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia. “Our patrons are very interested in promoting the arts throughout the region, and more so, promoting charitable giving, kindness and compassion. This competition does it all.”

Entries are to be submitted online via digital upload at, and will be accepted through Aug. 9.

Aft cited a painting that was commissioned by the Community Foundation as an interesting example of giving captured in art.

“This painting was conceived by noted artist Waldo Vinces who lived in the Dalton area several years ago,” he said. “While a bit abstract, Vinces sought to convey the organization’s strength, utilizing strong geometric shapes and the central theme of a fortress or castle’s turret to draw symbolic parallels to the permanence of the foundation’s work.”

Aft noted he expects most of the contest entries will be more representational and less abstract, but he is excited to see all of the submissions.

A local jury panel will review the images and artist statements in August  and will select 10 finalists to display their works at the Celebration of Giving in September. The $1,000 prize winner will be announced at the exhibition after jurors make their final decision.

The Creative Arts Guild’s mission is to bring art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits. That mission is accomplished through visual arts initiatives, such as year round fine art exhibits and classes for all ages, and community arts initiatives, which include underserved populations.

The foundation’s mission is to promote and facilitate charitable giving among individuals and families living in Northwest Georgia, secure discretionary resources to meet the current and future needs of the region, and strengthen the community by fostering collaboration and awarding grants to qualified organizations.