• I've been asked to be a juror for a show that I do regularly. I received an award last year and was already jury exempt. This show normally has one participating artist juror (for entry, not awards) per year. 

    I really don't see how I could eliminate my competition from the show unless I were to eliminate artists altogether---i.e. get rid of all other 2D openings in the show. Obviously that isn't going to happen, so whatever I do as a juror, I will have competition at the show.

    I will also have six other people with me in the jury room, and the show director, helping decide who will be in the show. Even if there were some way of eliminating some particularly tough competition of mine, I would have to justify to those people why I think a talented artist should not get in. If I wanted to, and could somehow get away with, picking a less-than-stellar group of artists as my competition at that one show, everyone would know I was responsible.

    There is no way that my sales for one single event could possibly be worth my reputation.

  • cherry creek, brookside, plaza.....for starters

    while one juror might not control the selection, one juror can easily execute a hit. 

    There are two in Cherry Creek this year.  

    Artists deserve a level playing field

    • What I don't understand is why you (the collective you, not you personally) don't think it's more of a level playing field than if you had a bunch of academics who had never done an art show on the jury. You should spend some time on my web site reading the interviews with artists who had been jurors:

      Larry Berman

  • conflict of interest occurs when an individual or organization is involved in multiple interests, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation for an act in the other.

    A conflict of interest can only exist if a person is entrusted with some impartiality; a modicum of trust is necessary to create it. The presence of a conflict of interest is independent from the execution of impropriety. Therefore, a conflict of interest can be discovered and voluntarily defused before any corruption occurs.

  • I've never done a show that was juried by "participating artists". It does seem like a conflict of interest. However, if I were one of those jurers I would bend over backwards to be impartial.

    Robin Ragsdale

  • I wouldn't worry about it. The way the jurying works at the better shows, it's virtually impossible for one artist to control the selection. There are at least three jurors if not more and the speed at which the images come up makes it difficult to think about more than the impact the art has on you.

    Do you not trust other artists in your medium?

    Larry Berman

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