Call for Art: Genesis

Genesis; The Beginning of Creativity

Curated by Richard McBee and Joel Silverstein for the Jewish Art Salon.

The Jewish Art Salon invites artists to submit artworks that reflect the Creation narrative found in the first chapters of the Bible, the Koran, as well as relevant commentaries.

Eligibility to submit artworks for review:

  • Current Jewish Art Salon members.
  • Christian / Catholic and Muslim artists.

If you are a Jewish artist, but not a JAS member, please do not apply.

Medium: Painting, Drawing, Graphics, New Media, Photography, maximum size 48” x 36”. Sculpture (size & weight restrictions).

All 2-D works need to be ready to hang with a wire in the back. No works framed with glass; no unframed works on paper unless an alternate display method is part of the concept; no works made of breakable materials such as clay or plaster.

New York City Venue: To Be Announced.

Application deadline: October 30, 2020

Works based on the Book of Genesis, Chapters 1-4 and/or relevant portions of the Koran. The artists must base their artworks on the narrative of the Genesis story, or attendant religious and secular commentaries. These narratives are included in the Book of Genesis Chapters 1- 4, including the first seven days of Creation, including the Garden of Eden sequence and that of Cain and Abel. Artists and artworks from all perspectives are welcome.  


Genesis 1: 1- 3: When God began to create heaven and earth; the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep. And a wind from God sweeping over the water; God said, “Let there be light” and there was light.

As related in the Bible and Koran, God begins a chain of events that explains the creation of the universe and all things in it. The story is sacred to all three monotheistic religions and has had direct impact on how we define the world we live in and who we are. The debate still rages as to how to interpret this narrative. The scope of interpretation ranges from the literal, to the metaphorical experienced as a manifestation of cultural history.

The traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have accepted, cherished, and shared this narrative with variations of interpretation. In the contemporary secular world, the story has taken on new scientific, aesthetic, philosophical and individualistic qualities, yet maintains its status as the foundational narrative as to how we think about both cosmic and personal creativity.


  1. God and deity as related to the text
  2. Creation of the Universe and philosophies of Creation
  3. Mysticism: Kabbalah and Sufism
  4. Humankind: Adam and Eve
  5. Women and identity; Lilith and Eve
  6. Stewardship of the World and ecological responsibility.
  7. Creation of Time,
  8. The Garden of Eden
  9. Concepts of the Fall,
  10. The Snake; Good and Evil
  11. Banishment; East of Eden,
  12. Cain and Abel, The First Murder


Submit your images as jpegs, saved with last name_title_measurements in inches, such as schwartz_banishment_36_24.jpg (height by width). Maximum 2 images per artist.
The form will ask for a short description of the artwork as well.

Submissions that feature image PDFs, or jpegs without names, title, etc. will not be viewed.

TWO types of submissions:

Jewish Art Salon members and curator-invited guest artists APPLY HERE

All other artists, Christians and Muslims APPLY HERE

Please make sure you enter the correct category. We will not accept incomplete or incorrectly entered submissions.

Artists are responsible for the roundtrip transport of their work to and from the New York City venue. The Jewish Art Salon, Jada Art and the venue will not be responsible for damage or theft.


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Do NOT contact the curators directly!

The Jewish Art Salon is the largest Jewish artist-based organization in existence. It is responsible for over 40 exhibitions, plus numerous professional and educational opportunities worldwide. We encourage a dialog  between the three monotheistic faiths and between observant and secular artists as well, ever committed to using Jewish texts, commentaries and culture in the quest for social dialog between diverse peoples and perspectives.

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