Thursday, June 25, 2009

Help: Rejection, what's love got to do with it? Statistics

Ironically, I am working on this series of blog posts about artistic rejection and… I received a rejection letter today from the Dallas Contemporary. It hurt my feelings. Funny thing is I don’t even make art. They must have received OVAC’s most recent exhibition catalogs that we mail nationwide and mistook me for an exhibition seeker for their gallery. I think this confirms, yet again, that rejection is a very common part of the art world. What perspectives are useful for artists? We know you have to take a risk to submit a proposal, apply for that grant, or send art to that show. For many artists it is an occasional risk, while others enter things constantly.

First a few numbers from OVAC’s recent submission history for the statistics fans out there:

Momentum Tulsa Spotlight:
9 proposals for 3 honoraria 30%

Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowships:
52 entries for 2 fellowships 2%

Oklahoma Student Awards of Excellence:
17 entries for 2 awards 12%

Momentum OKC exhibition:
199 artists submitting over 400 pieces, 136 artists with 260 pieces accepted 65%

VisionMakers exhibition:
201 pieces by 76 artists submitted, 38 pieces by 38 artists accepted 19%

Art 365 exhibition:
134 proposals, 6 accepted 4%

You can see that the acceptance rate is widely varying depending on the type of opportunity and eligibility. Next up, what might these numbers tell us?

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