Thursday, January 28, 2010

DIG it Baby

“D.I.G.” means Dialogue: an Interaction for Growth.
Dear Artist,
The Downtown Presbyterian Church (DPC) of Nashville, Tennessee is pleased to announce this
year’s winter/early spring art show, The D.I.G. Through Art Show. This year’s theme:
Anti-depressant. DPC’s annual D.I.G. show, now in its 11th year, is meant to provide the
community with a chance to come together and “D.I.G. through art.”
Artists are welcome to submit work in any medium. Entry requires a $15.00 per piece fee (two
pieces maximum). Paintings and other 2-D work cannot exceed 6 x 10 feet. 2-D works must be
dry, framed, and ready to hang with wire. Sculpture must be easily moveable. Installations must
be approved for space reasons. Work must be delivered to the church on Wednesday, February
17th at 3.00 p.m. Artists will be accepted into the show on a first-to-respond basis. Works will be
judged and a winner selected by a local jury comprised of art instructors, gallery curators, and/or
clergy. DPC will be pleased to present the winning artist with a purchase prize check of $1,000.
There are no restrictions on the artwork except that the content be suitable to all ages, since it will
be on display to the entire church body and the downtown community – young and old. DPC
reserves the right to not show any work.
The grand opening reception and presentation of the purchase award will be on Saturday, March
6th beginning at 6:00 p.m. This event coincides with the regular first Saturday downtown
community Art Crawl and the church’s monthly Art-Luck potluck dinner and art reception.
The D.I.G. show began at DPC in 1998 as an extension of the church’s artists-in-residency program.
These shows have explored different themes each year. Previous themes have included last year’s
“Embodiment,” and also “Icons and Idols,”“Incarnation and Risk,” and “Human Sacrifice.”
Lent is the church season of 40 days (not including feast days) before Easter. This year, Lent begins
on Ash Wednesday, February 17th and continues through Holy Week, ending before Easter
Sunday, April 4th. The season is symbolic of both the 40 years of Israel’s wandering in the desert
and the 40 days of Christ’s fasting and temptation in the wild. DPC feels this is an appropriate
season to invite artists to join the church in wrestling with challenges and complexities of faith.
Alongside the themed art show, the church will again host a film series in DPC’s downstairs chapel
on Thursday nights during the weeks of Lent. A light meal (held at 6.00 p.m.) will be provided
weekly in DPC’s Fellowship Hall before each film (starting at 7.00 p.m.). After each film, guests are
encouraged to stay for a short discussion, sharing impressions and ideas from the picture.
Important Facts:
• Limit: 2 pieces maximum per artist
• Entry Fee: $15.00 per piece per artist (Checks payable to: Downtown Presbyterian Church)
• This is a first come first serve show. Your entry fee reserves your space in the show.
Please send the check in right away to reserve your space using the form below. Space in
the show cannot be guaranteed without an artist supplying their entry fee (see following
Important Dates:
• Art Drop Off Date: Wednesday, February 17th (3 PM to 5 PM)
• Grand Opening Reception: Saturday, March 6th from 6 PM to 9 PM with winner
announced at 7.00 p.m.
• End of Show Date: Easter Sunday, April 4th (after worship activities)
• Retrieval of works: Monday, April 5th (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
Yes! I would like to participate in the 2010 D.I.G.
Through Art Show, “Anti-depressant.”
Phone #
Please print this page, complete information, and enclose a check for $15.00 made out to “The
Downtown Presbyterian Church.” Please then send to:
The Downtown Presbyterian Church
(memo line, please: “2010 D.I.G. SHOW”)
154 5th Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37219
Should you need further information or assistance, contact Beth Gilmore via email at or via phone at 351-2260.