There are many reasons that artists participate in Juried Art Shows. These are competitions for artists where their artwork is judged for entrance into an exhibition. They can be run by galleries, specific art societies like the Georgia Watercolor Society, or community art organizations.
A juried show can help to build an artists resume, sell your work or win awards. I have been on both sides of the fence here by entering my own artwork into shows and also assisting organizations in putting on a show. Here are a few tips if you are considering a juried exhibit.
– Read the rules! Yes, there are rules for submission and you must follow them. Sounds simple but you would be surprised at how many people don’t pay attention to the details and their artwork is eliminated.
– Submit your best work. Enter those pieces that you feel represent you. Don’t enter pieces that you just think the judge will be looking for or that is similar to the type of work they do. That idea usually back fires.
– Does size matter? Aside for requirements for the submission, larger works seem to make a bigger impression. Keep in mind that many of these shows are displayed in large rooms where a larger painting will have much more of an impact from across the room than a smaller one.
– Attend the reception. Just about all exhibits have an opening day reception in which awards are presented. Do your best to attend and support the organization. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the other artists and to talk to collectors about your work.
– And most important, keep a positive outlook. It is hard for us artists who expose so much of ourselves to be displayed in public to keep a positive outlook when our work is not accepted. The judge is only one person, who has their own likes and dislikes. It doesn’t mean your work is not good. This was probably the hardest lesson for me to learn. And still learning! I have to keep reminding myself of that!
Good Luck with all of your entries into Juried Shows.
On a personal note, I was thrilled to have had two of my pieces accepted into a juried show at The Lyndon House in Athens, Ga. It was a large show with 894 entries and only 194 got accepted.
The exhibit is on until May 2nd, so if you are in the area stop by to see all of the wonderful artwork!