Tips for entering Juried Art Shows

Tips for entering Juried Art Shows
March 7, 2015 Sue
Lyndon House Art Center

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!

 

Lyndon House Art Center

Comments (12)

  1. Amy Putkonen 3 years ago

    These are some really good points, Sue. Glad to see that your art got in a show! Congratulations! That is exciting.

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      Sue 3 years ago

      Thanks so much Amy! Hope those tips can help out a few people trying to enter shows. I appreciate you coming by today!

  2. Linda S Watson 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your acceptance into the exhibit. Juried shows are a mixed bag, I think. I think the trick is to pay close attention to the criteria and goals of the exhibit, as well as who the juror is. That, and reading the rules, can be good guides as to which ones to enter and which ones to let pass.

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      Sue 3 years ago

      Hi Linda! Yes, I agree that juried shows can be a “mixed bag”. There are good and bad points about entering them. I like to try to enter a few a year mainly in my area to keep my name and artwork out there. Thanks for stopping by today.

  3. Hema Unnoop 3 years ago

    Congrats Sue. Love your artwork. It must feel so good to have your work accepted and appreciated. The points here can be helpful to a friend of mine who’s considering entering Juried shows. Thank you:)

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      Sue 3 years ago

      Thanks for your kind words, Hema. I hope those tips can help out your friend. Entering juried shows has been a great experience for me, where I learned so much.

  4. Kelly L McKenzie 3 years ago

    So important to pay attention to the details. Mom submitted a painting to a local juried show and was accepted. However she realized later she should have submitted a “lesser” piece. The only paintings that sold were in the $200.00 range. She’ll be ready next time.

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      Sue 3 years ago

      Kelly- please send congrats to your Mom- that’s awesome. And yes when you are sending in to new show it is hard to tell what range the other pieces will be in. I usually try to visit an event for one of their shows before I might enter the next one. So glad to hear from you!

  5. a hearty bravo to you for braving into that world…..I just don’t know
    if I’d ever want to try and follow that many rules at once.
    I think it’s more fear than a rebellious streak.
    I wonder if I need to just pony up and use the right side of my brain
    a little harder.
    I’m inspired, Sue…..thank you:)
    -Jennifer

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      Sue 3 years ago

      Jennifer- not that many rules really. But you do have to play the game. You have such beautiful artwork you should give it a whirl- you can start small with your local art groups. Can’t wait to see what you create. Let me know!

  6. Deborah Weber 3 years ago

    Helpful pointers about submitting work Sue. And congratulations on the having two of your lovely pieces accepted into show. Wonderful!

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      Sue 3 years ago

      Deborah- thanks so much for stopping by. I always appreciate your warm comments!

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