Call for Artists: The Spirit of Truth-Seeking

Colleges and universities, especially those devoted to liberal arts education, are fundamentally concerned with the pursuit, transmission, and preservation of knowledge. They are, according to Professors George and West, “truth-seeking institutions.” In their October 11th conversation—part of the Being Human Festival of the Princeton University Humanities Council—the professors discussed the conditions that need to be established and maintained for colleges and universities to fulfill their truth-seeking mission. Professors George and West considered the virtues that must be exemplified and practiced by faculty and students alike if in the various fields of study the frontiers of knowledge are to be pushed back, understanding of complex matters is to be deepened, and wisdom is to be found.

We invite artists working in any medium to use their gifts to capture the spirit of the occasion and of the friendship between these two scholars, teachers, and dialogue partners.

Submissions will be published in a website photo gallery at Up to ten finalists will be selected to have their artwork displayed at the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) located at the Paul Robeson Center, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton. Please see below for submission guidelines and exhibition details.


  • A photo that is representative of the final design must be submitted via the entry form below by Friday, November 15th at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Each artist may submit one piece for consideration.
  • Artwork may not exceed 24 inches in any direction. All works must be READY TO HANG and must not exceed five (5) pounds.
  • The James Madison Program and the Arts Council of Princeton reserve the right to refuse works of art that include themes which are pornographic, offensive, or out of alignment with ACP's stated mission of building community through the arts.
  • The Arts Council of Princeton will promote the sale of exhibited works and will take a 30% commission from the selling price. (Artwork being for sale is not required.)


The works of up to ten artists will be selected for the public exhibit (December 7-14) at the Arts Council of Princeton. The finalists will be announced on the James Madison Program website on Friday, November 22nd.


December 3 - 5 
Selected artwork must be delivered to the Paul Robeson Center, 102 Witherspoon St. in Princeton, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All entries must be ready to hang.

December 7 - 14 
The Spirit of Truth-Seeking Exhibit will be displayed on the second floor of the Paul Robeson Center.
Monday - Saturday -- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday -- closed

December 14* 
Closing reception featuring Professor Robert P. George from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
*Artwork may be picked up after the reception on December 14th (until 5:00 p.m.)

December 16 - 20 
All unsold artwork must be picked up at the Arts Council between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


Coverage begins upon physical acceptance of art at the Paul Robeson Center and continues for the duration of the show.

The ACP reserves the right to reject any work that is not ready to hang or display in a professional manner.


Upload an image that is representative of the final design.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
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