Laura Kesselring: Juried Show Venue
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Subject: The Juried Show Venue:
Hunting for Initial Information
Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 21:48:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Laura A. Kesselring" <>

Part 2 in an approximately 12-Part Series

Juried shows generally work like this: a gallery, non-profit, museum, or some sort of art-based group wants to hold an exhibition, but they decide to ask artists to submit work instead of choosing art ahead of time themselves. A (supposedly) impartial juror is chosen, the artists submit work, and the juror selects the art for the show (either based on a rubric the gallery determines beforehand, or according to the juror's own preferences). The show goes up (usually lasting between 3-6 weeks), awards are (sometimes) given, work is (sometimes) purchased, and the show comes down.

So how do you, the artist, find out about these exhibition opportunities? Most art magazines, like Art in America, Artnews, and Artforum, have about 5-10 listings in the back every month. If you are a member of the Chicago Artists Coalition, you receive Chicago Artists News every month, which also has listings in the back. Online, there is the Art Deadlines List, which costs about $20 a year and gives you about 300 listings a month (but these are *all* arts, like music and literature, too). The best source I have found is a magazine called Art Calendar, which costs about $35 for a 1-year subscription. There are tons of listings, organized by state, and it is the most comprehensive source I have found since I began doing this.

Once you have located calls for entries that sound interesting, the next step is to send for a prospectus. A prospectus is a little brochure that gives all the pertinent info on the exhibition, like dates, location, juror (sometimes), entry requirements (more on this in Parts 3 and 4), and an entry form. To get the prospectus, you need to send a SASE: address a #10 envelope (business size) to yourself, affix a stamp, and in the bottom left corner write "Please enclose prospectus for "abc" show," then fold this up and put it into another #10 envelope, which you send to the address in the listing. This is the first step in entering juried shows. Once you have received the prospectus, the next step is deciding if you want to submit your work for consideration in the exhibition.

Next week: "Deciding Which Juried Shows to Enter"
Coming up: "The Actual Submission Process" and "Framing Your Work"

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