Religion and the Arts Award Jury


To select the winner of the Religion and the Arts Award.

Duties and Responsibilities

Members of the Religion and the Arts Award Jury are expected to participate in the following:

  • Religion and the Arts Award program - Jury members are responsible for the annual review of nominations and selection of the recipient. They are also responsible for first contact(s) with the winner and ensuring the winner will be able to participate in that year’s Annual Meeting.
  • The jury strives to consider every medium of art as well as the variety of experience that different backgrounds can bring to a winner's artistic expression.
  • Special Topics Forum at the Annual Meeting in November: Conversation with the Religion and the Arts Award Winner

Meeting Schedule

  • One in-person committee meeting at the AAR Annual Meeting in November
  • Virtual meetings via Zoom in summer and fall

Timeline of Activities

  • The submission deadline for Religion and the Arts Award nominations is February 1.
  • Generally, between March and April, the jury has approached the award winner and that person has agreed to be in attendance at that year's Annual Meeting in November. The jury works with the award winner (and their team) on developing a presentation or conversation theme around the winner's work.
  • The Religion and the Arts Award winner is announced between mid and late summer.

Jury Members

  • Term of Office: Four years, non-renewable
  • Jury Composition: Five members
Full NameTerm StartTerm EndPosition
Anthony Petro1/1/202312/31/2025Chair
Benae Beamon1/1/202212/31/2024Jury Member
Ashon Crawley1/1/202212/31/2025Jury Member
Rachel Lindsey1/1/202212/31/2025Jury Member
Laura Perez1/1/202312/31/2026Jury Member
Elizabeth Hardcastle7/1/2019 Staff Liaison