MOFSA Awards 2018 Spiritual Art Grant

MOFSA is pleased to announce that the recipient of our first Spiritual Art Grant in the amount of $10,000 is Jennifer McCormick of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A graduate of John Hopkins University Medical School in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, she pursued a career as a medical illustrator, including creating medically accurate illustrations showing what has happened to a person involved in an accident. In 17 years of reading peoples’ medical records she gathered more than patient data – she repeatedly felt their shock at sudden injury and felt their frustration through the words in the progress notes. She began to notice that how a person thinks about their health either energizes or degrades them.  Such contemplation lead her to books about the afterlife, consciousness and healing, concluding that there is more to the healing process than medical technology. In her own words:

I now believe that the best parts of all religion are the efforts we make to strengthen our oneness with each other and with THE divine energy. The light inside each being inspires me to make art, not only for my own curiosity but in the hope that the image will raise an audience’s awareness.  This is why I have chosen to rework the x-rays, which literally show us inside the body, but I say, “look beyond the bones at what is inside”. Use your spirit to understand. It’s where my medical illustration ends and my spiritual examination begins.

As a fine artist Jennifer works in mixed media, including paper, chalk, gouache and colored pencil. Her X-Ray Visions series incorporate x-rays into artwork, designed to refocus attention on the patient narrative,  not their diagnosis. These pieces strive to inspire hope, acceptance, and healing.

Her spiritual journey starts from the medical perspective of the physical body and reaches beyond towards the spiritual. Her work and journey are a wonderful fit to the theme of our inaugural exhibit, “Towards the Spiritual”. We are very excited to be awarding our grant to Jennifer McCormick. The grant will help her to continue her innovative work, including a new piece to be unveiled at the exhibit.

MOFSA Announces 2018 Spiritual Art Grant

We are delighted to announce our first grant program for artists who see the world from a spiritual perspective and who seek to express their view of the transcendent in their artwork. The recipient should already have some body of work in this direction and a desire to create more. The recipient will be awarded a $10,000 grant to be presented at the opening of an exhibit of Spiritual Art to be arranged. The grant recipient will create a new work to be unveiled at the exhibit.

Artists may apply for this grant at the CaFE (callforentry.org) website. Deadline for submission is December 31, 2017, and a grant recipient will be announced no later than March 1, 2018.

This represents an extension of our original planned announcement date. The interest in spiritual art shown by the number of applications and messages to our website far exceeded our expectations for our new foundation. While this is very gratifying, for the first grant we are going to need a little more time. Stay tuned!

MOFSA Awards First Grant

The Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art is pleased to announce the award of its first grant, in the amount of $2100, to Anne Klaus of Charlotte, North Carolina. The grant will support the creation of the children’s book, Emmalina and Papa’s Healing Hands. This spiritually inspired book lightly and playfully introduces the idea of energy and light as witnessed through “Papa’s healing hands.” The grant will support the commission of artwork for the book and initial self-publishing.

We wish Anne every success in her endeavor and look forward to the publication of the book, projected for March, 2018.

MOFSA Established

Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art was established as a nonprofit charitable corporation in North Carolina.  Its mission is to inspire, encourage and support the creation of spiritual art. The mission will be pursued through grants to artists and support of exhibits.