The Upper Room magazine is a daily devotional guide that is published six times a year in many languages around the world. In general, our covers depict events from the Bible. We look for art for each issue within these themes:
January-February: Epiphany (Visit of Magi)/Flight to Egypt/universality of Christ/Jesus with the elders/John the Baptist/Baptism of Jesus
March-April: Last Supper/Passion /Easter
May-June: Biblical Family Relationships
July-August: Ethnic art and/or Miracles of Christ
September-October: Old Testament/Hebrew scripture stories (ordinary time)
Where do we get the cover art?
We obtain the artwork from a variety of sources: museums, art galleries, individual artists, stock artwork agencies, churches, etc.
What are we looking for in our cover art?
We seek diversity in style, era, medium, and ethnicity of artists. We use both realistic and expressionist art. We try to keep a balance of the traditional and the non-traditional. Traditional is any realistic depiction of a Bible scene/event in a traditional style. Non-traditional might be anything that falls outside of the traditional style -- cubist, expressionist, etc.
We also try to balance the artists who depict Bible scenes using non-European figures with artists using Anglo-European figures. Non-traditional images must be accessible to the average reader.
In addition, the following types of paintings would not be considered:
Also, because of the dimensions of the magazine (6.25" x 4.25"), we cannot publish paintings that feature a horizontal/landscape orientation.
How do you submit artwork?
We prefer that you send an email to email@example.com with a jpeg or tiff attachment or a link for locating and viewing your web page.
You may send a photograph of the artwork or color photocopy to us for consideration.
Cover Art Editor
The Upper Room
1908 Grand Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
What happens next?
Your artwork will be evaluated by the cover art editor. You will receive a response letting you know whether or not your image will be held for consideration for possible use on a future cover of the magazine. Images may be held for several months until the next meeting of the cover art selection committee.
Cover art selection
The cover-art-selection committee usually meets in August every three to four years. The committee is made up of a diverse group of staff persons from The Upper Room who help select three-to-four (sometimes more) years’ worth of cover art for the magazine. After the meeting, you will be notified if your artwork was selected.
You must hold copyright to the image you submit or be able to obtain copyright permission for its use.
Payment varies, with a minimum of $200.
"Many of us are used to the idea that we might speak to God or to Jesus. Maybe at times it feels like shouting into the darkness or whatnot, but it’s not hard to do—at least as an imaginative exercise. What’s harder—even imaginatively—is to try to hear Jesus speaking to us. Are we just making things up? Are we just using Jesus as a puppet to say whatever we want to hear?" READ MORE