Laura Kesselring: Juried Show Venue
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Subject: The Juried Show Venue:
Deciding Which Shows to Enter
Date: Sun, 28 May 2000 21:25:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Laura A. Kesselring" <>

Part 3 in an approximately 12-Part Series

You have to be discriminating when choosing which juried shows you are going to enter. Constraints like time, art (or slide) quantity, and money (for entry fees, supplies, etc.) will prevent you from entering every show that looks promising. The following are some things to think about when going through each prospectus. REMEMBER to look at *all* factors when making a decision.

-THEME: Obviously if you are an oil painter, you are not going to enter a photography competition. Check things like the show's title, the juror's background, and the gallery/museum itself for clues, but don't limit yourself too much.

-ENTRY FEE: With entry fees, you must consider how many entries they let you submit vs. the entry fee. 3 entries for $15 is great. 2 entries for $25 is okay. 2 entries for $30? That's a little expensive-look at the other factors, like prestige and location. Remember, the more entries you can submit, the better your chances of getting in.

-LOCATION: I enter local shows whenever possible because I can hand-deliver any accepted pieces, and therefore I can enter larger pieces that would otherwise be hard to ship. For any out of state locations, I usually submit smaller, easier-to-ship pieces. Location is very important-big cities (especially NYC) are great, but smaller cities or towns can be good places to start. My first show was in Paducah, Kentucky.

-PRESTIGE: As an emerging artist, your chances of getting into a prestigious show are small, but remember that they are zero if you don't try at all. Many art centers hold big annual juried shows, like Evanston Art Center and the Rockford Art Museum (in Illinois). Weigh all factors, but you might be surprised and get in if you try!

-LENGTH OF EXHIBITION: Is it 3 weeks or 3 months? This factor is a personal choice - how long do you want to be loaning your piece? How much exposure is enough? Longer exhibitions (like traveling exhibitions) can be good, but they also tie up pieces that you might otherwise want to enter in other shows.

-STUFF: What do you get if you get in? Catalogs are *great* for keepsakes and promotional tools. Also, check out things like invitations (do they provide you with any?), web site (will you be on theirs and for how long?), and award money (how much is available?).

-INSURANCE: I hesitate entering a show that doesn't insure the pieces for the duration of the exhibit. Your art is valuable - don't compromise on this! Most places will make you insure your own work in transit, though - this is easy enough and inexpensive.

-OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Some shows require framing (this is more difficult with larger pieces vs. small [more on framing in Part 9]) while others don't mention it at all. Some shows want black-and-white photos of your accepted pieces-can you provide these? Make sure that the shipping requirements are reasonable (do they leave you enough time to frame and ship your work between the time you find out you're accepted and the deadline for the work to arrive there? more on shipping in Part 11]).

I often enter the same annual shows year after year, but keep in mind that acceptance into a show one year does not guarantee acceptance in the future. Jurors change from year to year, so you start fresh each time.

UP NEXT: Deciding Which Pieces to Submit
COMING SOON: The Actual Submission Process

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