Call for Art: Bearing Witness

Exhibit runs September – November, 2019

An undeniable truth is that life also brings loss. The death of a dear friend, partner, spouse, or child leaves a deep wound that never fully heals. Yet, “the longer we live, the more fully we become aware of who she was for us, and the more intimately we experience what her love meant for us.” (Henri Nouwen). The practice of creating art can give space to remember, reflect, and honor a beloved one.

The Arts Ministry Team of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church invites artists to create and submit art that honors a special person who has died.

Our hope is that, in creating art, we will bear witness to the lives of those we love. In sharing that art and inspiration with others, both the artist and community will benefit from the connections made around the commonalities of grief and loss, thereby promoting understanding and healing. 


Submission Guidelines
Artwork submissions may use a variety of materials and methods including the use of fiber, paper, recycled materials, or other media. Submissions must be accompanied by the artist’s name, title of artwork, and an artist’s statement.  Works may be offered for sale.

Please complete and return the following forms to the Arts Ministry room with your submission.

Artist Registration

Artist Statement


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West Raleigh will also be holding a "Bearing Witness" poetry workshop in conjucntion with this exhibit. Learn more