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Juried Art Shows


Juried Art Shows


zentao logo and trademarkOver on the art forum at A Singular Creation, someone mentioned their experience trying to enter a juried art show. 

 First off, what is a juried art show as opposed to an open show?

  • Open means anyone can enter.  The only limitations are many times based on number of applicants — first come, first served, although there are media and style, as well as regional criteria, among a few, which can apply.  Fees, of course, can weed out poor, unsponsored artists.
  • Juried means all applications are reviewed by a committee and must be pre-approved.  Some have no fees an artist must pay, though others do.  Think of “juried” this way: You are in a contest against other entries. If you win, what you win is a place in the show, which, again, depending on the prestige of the show, is good for your career…if you are going the traditional route in building yourself a “name.”

All shows, whether juried, open, or invitational, usually will have rules and regulations which govern them…and you.  They may have more than one show, they may limit by media, style, artist’s place of residence, or any number of varying criteria.  Read the rules, regulations, and all the fine print.  Some shows take all or some of the money paid by a buyer for your art, and you, in entering, have agreed to that stipulation.

So why enter a juried show?

Juried shows carry prestige IF and BECAUSE they choose good work, which, of course, insinuates to the visitor and prospective buyer that the work they see is consistently of higher caliber than what they might find in an open show.  Of course, this isn’t always the case, and, in fact, open shows often show art which is just as high caliber, and sometimes much better that what is found in many juried shows.  Depends on the show, who is running it, and who sits on the juried show’s review committee. 

Remember, all you who are trying to work yourselves “up the ranks” using traditional methods:

  • It takes on average three years trying to get into a juried art show IF your work is good. Exceptions to this are: if your work is so very far above the competition’s, if you own a “name,” if you are being sponsored by “someone,” or if you “know someone.”
  • Try every year.
  • On the local level, it usually takes getting to know the who’s who in the sponsoring organization. On the regional level, it usually takes having developed a following — a name — that is going to prove a draw…and/OR knowing someone influential on the inside. In national and international shows, it usually takes a track record, sponsorship and/or a name.
  • It is often very political.

What to do before you enter a juried show? RESEARCH:

  • KNOW THY JUDGES (Find out who is sitting on the committee and what they like - style, media, any other pertinent criteria that consistently demonstrates their taste. If your work doesn’t key with at least one member of the review committee, don’t enter.)
  • FIND OUT WHAT “WON” A PLACE AT PREVIOUS SHOWS (If the same people are running it, you can bet the same kind of art will be chosen and the same kind of art and artists will win.)

And here’s more: Many artists who work with a brush, a pen…even their fingers disdain some forms of art (and especially digital fine art…which many don’t consider fine art at all).  The people sitting on a juried art show’s review committee are no different.  Even if the rules and criteria allow you to enter, most everyone has a favored media and style, and members on a review committee will lean toward awarding higher marks to works in their own media, and especially works in their own style or preferred style in that media. Don’t expect to get into a juried show if your work falls way outside what the review committee likes…unless you know someone or already have a name. 

That’s my take.

Originally posted by DLKeur on her art blog on June 25, 2007. Copyright inheres.



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