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Ive been an graphic and digital photographer for 29 years for an nuclear station. I'm retired and I now produce my own art and photography on canvas and framed. I would like to travel and attend different art and craft shows around the country. I do community service  in my city, and all of my art and photography is faith based. My art and photos have faith based scriptures on them and some of them with the name of Jesus on them. To those who have been out there for a while who have been accepted at different shows, will this hold me back by the committee from being pick, need honest input.

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Being a Christian, I would be drawn to your work because it is faith-based. However I am not sure how the juries would look upon it---if it would help or hinder your chances.

If you state your art is faith based, then go for it.  You never know unless you try.  Some juries are members of a community where as some are professional jurist so you never know what the outcome will be.

exceptional work would probably over shadow any faith base issue. dont blame non acceptance of crummy work on faith issues

Excellent answer!

If I could add my 2 cents... from experience, I don't see this type of art at shows. I think the biggest reason is because it "looks" super commercial. If I was next to an artist who took incredible photographs, I probably wouldn't even SEE that if it was covered with "Live, Laugh, Love"!

But then again, maybe the reason I don't see this is because nobody else tried. There is some business saying that goes like... if nobody is selling your idea it's because nobody tried it, or nobody buys it.

Hi Phil,

I hope I can add to the discussion and help guide you. I have been a working artist my whole life in many media. I've judged and juried a lot of shows in Florida. Your photos with words in a jury, actually has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with slapping words over artwork. Whether a photo or painting. You've now segued from fine art to commercial art. You might get into smaller shows or crafty ones, but not what I call the top 50 "A" shows. In a show I jury every few years, which is a very small one, they would move you into the Craft category. I recently juried a show where similar work came up with nice uplifting sayings, which we could barely make out actually. One juror called it Calendar art. Think gorgeous sunrise with "Make this your best day" kind of thing. It depends on what level of show you are shooting for.  Also, if you read through the threads, shows are rejecting all photography on canvas these days. I'm sure the long time photographers can chime in on that.  You can always apply and see what happens. There is no set rule. Every show is different. 

Thanks for the input Mindy.  I'm very interested in your comment "shows are rejecting all photography on canvas these days".  I am evaluating what type of art pieces that I will display at shows this year.  I was thinking of about 50% canvas (unframed) and 50% fine art paper (framed).  Is this more for unframed canvas photography art or any photography art on canvas?

I agree that the work could be perceived as commercial. If you have religious themes as you describe, you may do better at events held at churches or other religious venues, where your customer base and potential collectors are likely to be. As far as applying to fine art events with it, it’s hard to say - but you might be tossing your jury fees into the wind.
Honest answer: it would be the same as someone’s art with quotes about Donald Trump, or any other form of propaganda and I would bet a penny that 99% of show directors are going to reject your booth.

They can find a dozen other digital artists/photographers that look good enough and save themselves any potential drama of sensitive people.

And... the art community is and will always be a liberal “anti-mainstream” bunch who pride themselves in being different and unique. The last thing they want is a quote from Jesus on a landscape. Sucks, but true.

You have to make it or break it on your art alone.

You could leave the quotes off, then direct patrons to your website if you sense they might enjoy that and offer your work with or without the quotes there.

I'll contribute a little more. Since it was brought up... there are a number of painters and sculptors that show faith based works. One I know of in particular is an excellent painter in Florida. She gets into the best shows and wins awards. There is no guesswork that a "cross" and other biblical symbols are prominently featured in her work. Jurors and judges tend to be very educated people, who have background and knowledge about the origins and history of art. Which is heavily based in the Bible. So don't think that is the reason work doesn't get accepted. I have juried and judged a lot of shows in Florida. Including the Disney Masters, TWICE. Again, typing words on photographs puts it into a commercial (think Hallmark) genre. There are many religious based shows. Way back when I was mostly 2-D I did a church show with my music themed art. Most of the other artists were religious stuff. It was music/religious celebration. There are venues for religious work. And, since mixing chemicals, checking temperatures, long hours in a darkroom, and doing your own printing is long gone, there is a ton of competition in photography. A TON!  


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