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Subject: The Juried Show Venue: Waiting to Hear
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2000 07:18:00 -0800 (PST)
From: "Laura A. Kesselring" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Part 8 in an approximately 12-Part Series
Once you have mailed your submission, your next job is to...sit back and relax! This is when all you can do is wait to hear if you have been accepted into the exhibition. Some things you can do while you wait:
-Make more art!
-Go see a movie
-Order some pizza
-Create a web page showcasing your art
-Take slides of new work
-Enter more shows
-Clean your bathroom
You will be notified according to each particular show's procedures - some will have provided a postcard for you to partially fill out that they will then mark as "accepted" or "rejected" and mail to you, with others you just find out when you get your slides back with a form "rejection" letter included, or some shows will even call you personally if you are accepted.
You will generally hear about the status of your submission around the stated notification date, but these can be notoriously fluid, so don't panic if you haven't heard by December 1st and the notification date was November 30th-give it a least another week or two. Some shows indicate that they will not accept phone calls regarding your submission, but if it has been a few weeks and you haven't heard, call them anyway-you at least want your slides back if possible.
If you are rejected, don't be too disappointed-juries are subjective and this does not mean your work stinks. What one juror hates, another may like-there's no way to accurately predict which it will be. Many shows that are held annually will have a different juror each year-I have entered shows like these for four years in a row and was rejected the first 3 times but was finally accepted the 4th time, always submitting the same type of work. The important thing is to believe in yourself and your art enough to submit it in the first place, and enough to not take personally the opinions of a select few.
Also, the rate of acceptance (in my experience) can be very low. Over the years, I have been accepted into approximately 10-15% of the shows I entered. But this percentage is not even constant-sometimes I would enter 20 shows and be accepted into 1, but then get into 8 of the next 20 shows I entered. All you can do is try, because if you don't submit anything at all, you *definitely* won't be accepted!
If you do hear that you are accepted, congratulations! And don't worry if the venue is less than prestigious (like a storefront gallery or a coffeehouse), because when you put it on your resume, usually no one will be able to tell the difference. Every chance at exposure is important when you are an emerging artist.
Up Next: "Framing Your Work"
Coming Soon: "Shipping Your Masterpiece"
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