Monday, June 4, 2012
Juried shows are excellent resume boosters. Getting work in means that you have quality work and it meets a certain standard. Chances are that not all the work submitted got in, so it certainly looks good on a resume. If you did not get work in, it is not the end of the world. It means that you, like the majority of artists, should keep trying. Also keep in mind that some jurors will chose work based on colors or specific imagery, so it might not be anything wrong with your work. If you talk to many seasoned artist, they have probably submitted work that did not get into at least one show, they probably did not get into many. The truth is, if you are getting into every show you apply for you may be hurting your career more than helping simply because you are not pushing yourself.
My experience with the jurors...
I did not offer any opinions but really just observed. Don't worry, I did not submit any work, so I also had no reason to try to pursued the jurors on their choices. I did, however, agree with the majority of their decisions. As an artist, it was an excellent opportunity to watch the process. Their decisions were based mostly on the work that they thought could depict the direction Works of Wyoming and the Wyoming Women's Business center would like to continue toward. Their job was not to interpret the theme of the show, but pick quality work that represented WOW and WWBC (the purpose can vary).
If you are interested in being a juror, sitting in on the process, or submiting work to one of our shows be sure to stop by or contact us. Out phone number is 307.742.6574. We are located in Suite 271 of the Laramie Plains Civic Center.