Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What is a juried exhibition anyway?

For juried exhibitions, artists submit their artwork for consideration in an open, competitive group exhibition. Usually, the artist sends in the best images of his or her recent work. In some cases, the artist will be asked to submit the actual artwork to be considered.

Each exhibition has distinct judging, some with committees or jury teams, others with one focused curator. The specifics vary from show to show, but generally the curator or juror evaluates the work based on some sort of criteria, whether it is technical skill, creativity, or how well the artist works in a particular medium. While the process may be rather subjective, the curator will try to choose work that best reflects the idea or theme of the show.

Juried shows frequently boast cash prizes for artists and publications. Many have entry fees as well, some of which support the cash prizes. Organizers include nonprofit art spaces, artist groups and even commercial galleries. Possible audiences and types of exhibitions vary greatly.

The competition can be intense, as only a certain number of artworks can be accepted, so it’s a good idea to follow the application instructions and submit quality images and materials on time.

For more information and questions to ask about juried exhibitions, see this article in Art Calendar. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition will offer the workshop “Jury Duty: Entering Juried Shows & Competitions” on Thursday, December 10, 2009, 5:30-7:30pm at the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville.
by OVAC intern Ashley Romano

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