So what is a Juried Art Show? Juried show is a competition in which participants' work is judged by a person or panel of persons convened specifically to judge the participants' efforts, either by the competition's stated rubric or by a subjective set of criteria dependent upon the nature of the competition or the judges themselves. For example, in a juried competition where participants compete against each other for a monetary prize, for inclusion in a show or publication, or for representation by a gallery, the work presented is judged by one or more persons, often experts, for such prize, inclusion, or representation.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Oshawa Art Association, an association I have been a member of for 17 years. It is always an honour to be accepted into the show and of course much more exciting to have been a recipient of a few awards in different categories in years past.
From 2005-2008, I was the OAA Juried Show Chairperson and this role has made me more aware of the work it takes to pull this show together. Congratulations to all that helped to make this 50th Anniversary a memorable one!
In the 2 terms when I served, there were a few years that I did everything myself. Creating the 3-fold registration form, data-entry of registrations, gathering sponsorship, printing of catalogue and certificates, distributing flyers, and finally emceeing the show together with Linda Jansma (Senior Curator). I had 6-8 volunteers during the take in and pick up days, but I handled most of the back-end administration. So, glad to have been able to pass this on to the next volunteer(s) after my 2nd term was completed!
I have met wonderful regional and national jurours and learned their process of choosing pieces for the show. Everyone is different, but the common denominator is that they are looking for pieces that have creativity and originality. They are looking for something that catches their eye, unique, good composition and solid technical skill. Of course, art is subjective and different criteria’s must be met. Overall, do not be upset with being rejected for the reason has nothing to do with your artistic skill but rather how the juror (s) envision the show.
Continue to work, practice, work, practice and work.
Till the next time!!