How to Improve Your Slide Submissions for Juries

Sherri Woodard Coffey’s booth shot.

One of the sessions at the Arts Festival Conference in Portland, sponsored by ZAPP, was “Public Portfolio Critique.”

A mock jury of 6 people sat at the front of four screens in a large room. One at a time, artists’ slide presentations were projected as they might be in a slide jurying situation. The jurors offered valuable feedback for each set that was projected, and I took loads of notes.

Here’s what I learned. Most of these notes are from the jurors, but I’ve thrown in some of my own observations.

Patty Hankins’ booth shot for Beautiful Flower Pictures.

 

You have 20 seconds to impress the jury with your slides.

The festival organizers in the room had anywhere from 500 to over 2000 applicants for their events. They can’t spend more than 20 seconds on each set of slides.

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The First Step to Curating Your Art

empty gallery

Let’s face it. Artists are terrible at curating their own work. There’s no way you can be objective. You love everything, you hate everything, you want to show everything you have, or you don’t want to show anything at all. Sound familiar? Today’s article is inspired by an email I received from Karen Meredith, in which she wanted to know about the proper number of works to have on a website, in an exhibition, or at an open studio.

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Do The Math for the Juried Art Exhibit

Jim Carpenter Painting

An anonymous artist sent me an email with these stats. The painting she is sending to a juried art exhibition sells for $1200. Other fees involved – which don’t include material, labor, or office time – are:

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How to Investigate an Artist Call for Entry [Infographic]

Infographic: Artists Investigate a Call for Entry

You need to understand the basic parameters of the contest, competition or commission. When you find one worth pursuing, use the following questions to find the answers for a successful submission.

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8 Tips for Stronger Art Show Submissions

Guest blogger Michelle Davis Petelinz gives you tips for wowing the jurors who look at your slide submissions. As an artist and juror, she has seen both sides of the process. As long as you’re paying an entry fee, you’d better heed her advice and give it your best shot.

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Assessing juried exhibition opportunities, Part 2

Juried art exhibition procedures are not something you can control. But you can control how you respond to them. In these cases, knowledge is power. Get answers to your questions about juried exhibits before you enter them.

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Assessing juried exhibition opportunities, Part 1

Hanna Phelps, Digging to Australia. Oil on board, 6 x 8 inches. ©The Artist

How do you know when a juried exhibition opportunity is too good to pass up or is something that you should let pass you by? You have to ask a lot of questions without allowing yourself to be intimidated by the person presenting the opportunity. Empower yourself by finding answers.

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