Embodying Masonic Values Art Competition 2023

Since 2018, the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania’s “Embodying Masonic Values” open art competition has provided an opportunity for the art community to explore Masonic values through art. Cash prizes are awarded to winners in five categories: Oil, Three-dimensional, Drawing and Print-making, Water-Based Medium and Digital Imagery. All artwork is also available for sale.

Congratulations to our 2023 winners!

BEST IN CATEGORY ($200 awarded per piece)

  • Oil: “Royal Arch” by Juan Sepulveda
  • Drawing and Print-making: “Bee a Mason” by Margaret Thompson
  • Water-based medium: “Masonic Life” by Valerie Lang
  • Digital imagery: “Circling the Square” by Hayato Matsushita
  • Three-dimensional: “Novus Ordo Seclorum” by Heather Cornelius

GRAND MASTER’S PRIZE ($500 awarded)

  • “a passing moment” by Jenny Chernansky

BEST IN SHOW ($1,000 awarded)

  • “Wisdom sits” by Stephen Lemak

Art Available for Purchase

If the artists in the Grand Exhibition choose to participate, their entered works may be offered for sale, with 80% of the sale value going to them and 20% to the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. All pieces are subject to prior sale. Prices do not include shipping, handling and insurance. Buyers can also pick up their purchase at the Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please contact the gift shop at 215-988-1977, Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to make a purchase and arrangements.

Best in Category



Drawing & Print Making

Digital Imagery


Circling the Square

Media: Digital print on plywood, wood stain, plexiglass and screws
Dimensions: 14.75″ x 12.5″ x 2.25″
Price: Not for sale

Artist: Hayato Matsushita

Water-based Medium

Best in Show

Grand Master’s Prize

2023 Entries



Media: Bronze and marble on ipe base
Dimensions: 28″ x 9″ x 9″
Price: $5,000
Artist: Morgan Dummitt



Media: Bronze
Dimensions: 30″ x 7″ x 11″
Price: $3,800
Artist: Morgan Dummitt



Media: Photography, face-mounted under acrylic
Dimensions: 36″ x 24″ x 1″
Price: $2,500
Artist: Sergio Cesario


John the Baptist

Media: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 36″ x 24″ x .75″
Price: $2,000
Artist: Ryan Flynn


John Wayne

Media: Digital art
Dimensions: 30″ x 30″ x 1.5″
Price: $900
Artist: Pearl Mintzer