Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
We have no such advisory committees, and no one (not even me) gets preferential treatment in either of the two shows I direct. We do not allow B/S and we do stand by the rules. Anyone who has been juried in with original work, but brings B/S is required to remove it and is blacklisted from both shows. Anyone who is juried in with one category and shows another is required to remove the work that has not been juried in. They are also blacklisted and not allowed to return. The applications are fairly straightforward and the rules are stated in both the prospectus and on the application. In fact, the application is a contract, and if they sign, they are indicating that they have read the rules. No signature, no acceptance. The jury knows that B/S is forbidden, and they do their best to weed it out.
The year before I took over directing the second of my two shows, there was a booth that I felt belonged in a carnival, rather than in a fine art fair. Had I been the director, that booth would have been removed entirely, leaving a big empty spot on a corner. The director at the time liked empty spaces about as much as she liked confrontation, so she never said a word. Bad move. We lost some good artists as a result of that one crappy booth.