Astonishing things happen when artists, veterans and newcomers alike, attend a mock jury* or an open jury*. You learn LOTS. In case you doubt it click here and here.

Upcoming:

  • St. Louis, MO

    Our mock jury is this weekend on Saturday. We do not have spaces open for people to apply, but we do have space for people to come and  observe and learn!

    Saturday, January 17th

    It is at: the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7750 Carondelet, St. Louis, MO 63105

    Starts at 9:00 finishes when we finish!

    We also have the night before: A great workshop. You can register at the door! http://www.culturalfestivals.com/images/frontpage/what_works_workshop_registration.compressed.pdf


  • Columbus, OH

    February 7 & 8

    Columbus Arts Festival Open Jury

    The jury will be held February 7th and 8th at the Westin in downtown Columbus.  This blind jury process is open to the public. We invite you to attend.

    Please contact Scott Huntley, Executive Director at (614)221-8531 or SHuntley@gcac.org for the weekend's schedule or to RSVP to attend the jury.

  • St. Joseph, MI

    February 13

    Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff

    We have an "Open Jury" policy and encourage artists to attend. Jurying is Friday, February 13 at Lake Michigan College. Last year there were 172 openings. Click here for more info: www.krasl.org/engage/information-for-artists

*Mock jury -- images are presented just as they would be for a regular jury with judges there to discuss the work and how it can be improved for a presentation. It is not a "real" jury, but a learning workshop.

*Open jury -- this is the official jury and you can be present as a silent partner to observe what goes on. The best part is you get to see all the competition and get an idea of what a good set of jury images looks like and you get to see the bad ones too.

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  • I participated by webinar in the mock jury for St. Louis.  As a newbie, I think I got a lot of great take-away information.  Biggest tips for me where on booth shots.  Don't overcrowd your booth with too much artwork, make your displays look professional and inviting, don't have any signage or promotional banners showing in your shot, and don't be afraid to crop shot - you don't need top of tent showing, lol.  On the artwork side, I learned that you need carefully photograph your work.  Have sharp images that are well cropped.  Don't let your colors look faded or washed out.  Also, submit pieces that show a consistency in your work.  If you paint all kinds of subject matter, but have a very unique style that can be identified across all your paintings, that's ok.  But there should be something consistent about the works submitted.  Note - that doesn't mean they should all look exactly alike!  Someone submitted three photos of their artwork that almost looked like the identical painting, and the jurors dinged it for being too similar.  Overall, I found this to be worthwhile, even though the jurors did not make too many comments on my particular submission and I didn't have a booth shot to submit.

  • This sounds very interesting. Do they ever do these in or close to Kentucky?
    • I am learning so much here. Thank you again Larry for all your great articles about booth shots and photos of your artwork. I will be resetting up my both for a new booth shot as soon as the weather clears and will post it once again in the other thread for your advice.
    • I think Columbus Ohio is the closest to Kentucky you'll get. I think their mock jury is mid February.

      Larry Berman

  • Hi there,

    I have a question.  I have actually applied to Krasl, and i received the email from them inviting me to the open jury.  Living a good 4-4.5 hours drive from them, and having a rigorous day job that makes it challenging to break away for the opportunity is it inappropriate to politely thank them, and indicate my sadness that i cannot attend.  I am so sad about it, but have huge deadlines that day in work responsibilities.  Love your feedback

  • I went last year and wrote about it
    http://bermangraphics.com/blog/columbus-open-jury-2014/

    Before publishing the article, I checked all the facts and timing with Scott.

    Columbus is one of the open juries where the jurors are encouraged to discuss or ask questions while artists are in the room. Not so with Ft Worth or Cherry Creek.

    Larry Berman
  • You wrote "The images are projected simultaneous - 5 across with the booth shot on the right- for about 3 seconds. Jury scores as yes, no or maybe. The yeses and maybes go on to round two on Sunday."

    Shaking my head. A glance from a distance in 3 seconds is what I just paid someone 40 dollars for. And all 5 images within that scope of 3 seconds. I suppose you could just look at the center image for 3 seconds and through your peripheral vision absorb the others.

    How sad.

    Rather than frantically speed judging "all the pretty colors" in flashes, has anyone considered taking 3-4 days for each round? 40 bucks divided into minimum wage would employ a juror to look at my art for 4 hours before clicking a button. I'm no mathematician, but 40 dollars divided by .03 of one minute equals...
    • Thomas, you might get more information on the question of whether artists are getting their money's worth by listening to this podcast: How Art Fairs Choose and Run their Juries, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/artfairs/2012/11/21/how-art-fairs-choo...

      The guests are Maureen Riley, director of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Lynn Sedlak-Ford from Art in the Pearl and Jerry Gilmore, a juror who has judged many art fairs. Learn whether or not you are getting your money's worth.

      Thanks for all this info, Trisha. YES! Someone took my advice :)

      Good points, Trisha. I think one of the advantages of attending the jury is you get to see what it takes on the administrative end to jury a show. 

      Where do you live and what made you decide to attend the jury?

      • Yes, it was really good advise to attend.  I had read the article Larry wrote on last year's jury but nothing replaces seeing everything on the big screen.  We got into Columbus in '13 and it was our best show of the year.  Looking back at our images from that year (especially the booth shot), I feel we were very lucky to get in.  We did not get accepted last year and were really bummed.  I started doing a lot more reading on this site and Larry's site about what makes good jury images.  Our photographer did not specialize in art shows or product shots (the images were good, but not great) and our old booth shot had many problems.  The disappointment of rejection spurred us to take our work to  Larry Berman and he took some great shots of our lamps (and gave us lots of great advise, including to attend the mock jury in Cols).  We also did a new booth shot that is 1000% better after reading lots on this and Larry's website.  We were really proud of our new images and wanted to see how we stacked up to the competition.  Also, we are already thinking about new images for next year and ways to improve.  I found one of our images to read much different projected vs looking at it on the computer screen.  My husband and I talked about what we liked and didn't like about the images and we discussed ideas for the next set of images all the way home.  We live in Cleveland so it's only a 2 hour drive.  I only wish we could have stayed for day two.  Next year!

    • Yes, it's not much time.  I was able to scan the images and see all 5 images in those 3 seconds, just barely (unless there was a distraction that kept me from scanning or those white backgrounds where your eyes have to adjust).  To be clear, each category has two runs, so the images are up twice (for a total time of 6 seconds).  It wasn't enough time to study or really absorb anything, but the best images could convey a lot in this short time.  From my understanding the yeses and maybes that make it to day two get a little longer on the screen.  I wasn't there for the 2nd round so if someone who was there can shed light on the length of the projection time for those who made it past round one, that would be interesting.  Still, even if it is twice as long it is still not much time.  

      As to if the jury fee is overpriced, I suppose that is a decision we make each time we decide what shows to apply for.  Usually we feel like it was a "waste" of money when we don't get in, but we aren't complaining when we do get in:) I am sure there are a lot of expenses that might not be evident (renting the jury space, feeding the jury, upgrading equipment, zapp's cut).  I would guess there are smaller shows where the jury takes place around someone's kitchen table and the fee is $10.  Is it worth it?  If you get in and have a great show you bet it is:)

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