Art Fair Insiders

Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

Ron Mellott
  • Male
  • Bloomfield, IN
  • United States
  • Photography
Share on Facebook

Ron Mellott's Friends

  • Kathleen Taylor
  • Paul Flack
  • Ann Marie Crosmun
  • Ray Mosteller
  • Pauline Ross
  • Lisa Marie Crisman
  • DeMaris Gaunt
  • Marc & Wendy Zoschke
  • Susan Sorrentino
  • R. C. Fulwiler
  • Bryan Grieze
  • Linda Anderson
  • Steve Gettle
  • Kenneth Marine
  • Mary Strope

Ron Mellott's Discussions

Wait List number - Kudos to Madison

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Sawusch Apr 4. 2 Replies

Shows Extending Application Deadline

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vera Foley Feb 15, 2017. 9 Replies

Breakdowns and Repairs at or enroute to events

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Mellott Feb 25, 2017. 6 Replies


Ron Mellott's Page

Latest Activity

Steve Sawusch replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Wait List number - Kudos to Madison
"Transparency is nice as long as it is truthful. Different show - I was once told #1 on waitlist for photography and a week later a photography friend said they just got into the show off of the waitlist. Yep, it was just a lip service #1."
Apr 4
Linnea Lahlum replied to Ron Mellott's discussion Wait List number - Kudos to Madison
"Yes! Transparency is appreciated. SO many times wait list status is like being dropped in a  deep black have no idea how far down you are, and if there is any hope of getting out of it.  Now I just want that number to…"
Apr 2
Ron Mellott posted a discussion

Wait List number - Kudos to Madison

Just a shout out to the folks at Madison (Art Fair on the Square) - for posting the wait-list number from the jury results on our MyZAPPlications page.Thank you.  Brilliant!  And truly appreciated by this artist.  See More
Apr 2
Joseph Murray commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Juries, Jurors and Scores of "1" - an option to consider
"     Well said Ron !    No need for me to elaborate at all .   You are expressing what a lot of artists think but many are afraid to express . Sad to say but true . They do not want to be blackballed by shows .  …"
Mar 15
Judy Christian commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Juries, Jurors and Scores of "1" - an option to consider
"All good points. I believe that as long as artists are being juried for shows by those in academics, then the art selected will be what the academics wish to base their reputation. Repeating myself.  I attended school in the 70's in…"
Mar 15
Ron Mellott commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Juries, Jurors and Scores of "1" - an option to consider
"My belief is none that matters.  If we are judged by those who come to events to purchase art and don't succeed in a variety of venues, near but many far from home, good shows and not-so-good shows, then we can accept a realization that…"
Mar 15
Judy Christian commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Juries, Jurors and Scores of "1" - an option to consider
"Ron, I apologize for posting on your thread and not being very articulate.  You are saying it so much better than me----yes, I believe that these shows are art EXHIBITIONS.  These shows are a very expensive way for the artist to build…"
Mar 15
Ron Mellott commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Juries, Jurors and Scores of "1" - an option to consider
"Joseph & Cheryl:  Dead on.   The show and the jury need to serve the public for there is no "art show" without the public.  There is only 'art exhibition'.  Not what we signed up for.  If shows think…"
Mar 14

Profile Information

Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Sausalito Arts Festival
What is your website?

Ron Mellott's Blog

Juries, Jurors and Scores of "1" - an option to consider

Posted on March 3, 2018 at 6:42pm 32 Comments

The jury system is bad - fundamentally flawed.  Each year it is the primary influence on our show year and our careers. Here it is again subject of a blog post.

Posts here and elsewhere bring up the same points.  Our fates are determined by jurors. Bad scenario. Art experts?  I think not.  They may have art backgrounds, they may work in musueums, the may be gallery owners.  They may teach "art".  So what?  Does their background make them qualified to choose?  Are they really "art…


Being told our position on a wait-list

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 10:25am 25 Comments

So frustrating trying to comprehend why providing artists their jury score and position on the wait-list of an event is such a difficult task for shows to perform.  A few do, very much to their credit and thank you to each and every show that does so.  Most do not.  Some actually get a pissy if you ask for the position on the wait list.

First point, we paid a jury fee for the jury process and that jury score.  Did we not?  And for that $25 to $50 jury fee, are we out-of-line to expect…


The Jury Process: Part 2 - Consistent Body of Work etc. etc. etc.

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 1:07pm 10 Comments

Let me premise this one by a wonderful quote from someone a few of you may have heard of:

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things. - Pablo Picasso

Think God would make it past most juries these days?  Sure doesn’t seem like he has a “cohesive body of work” according to many jurors.  Guess he never had to face an…


The Jury Process: Part I - What Makes a "Good Juror"

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 8:29am 7 Comments

Now remember - these are just my thoughts and opinions from my experience and internal workings as an artist.  The point is not to discuss, support or argue with ME personally - but to think about and comment on these IDEAS.  And so importantly, ADD to the discussion other ideas and perspectives not broached here.  Growth the discussion with your view.  Just urge staying on point throughout.

Okay, onward. 

So many facets to this question it is somewhat intimidating.  Excluding…


The jury process: Introduction

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 8:17am 3 Comments

I am posting three separate discussions on the issue of jurors and jurying at shows.  Please, do not write or respond on this particular discussion – it is intended only as the intro to the other three discussions.  This came about – besides the years of being an artist and previous good discussion on this site as recently as a few years ago – as a result of two comments made by artists responding to a post by a great friend of mine, Rich Fulwiler, in his blog “Total Disconnect”.  Most…


Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 4:36pm on February 23, 2009, Kenneth Marine said…
Hi friend , Julie just told me she signed me up for this. Are you also on facebook? I'm learning how to type all over again after about 20 yrs of not using any of this stuff. later
At 5:29pm on May 26, 2009, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome back, Ron. Great post about AA! Thanks for that contribution. I was pretty surprised that no one commented on it.

Hope you have not been ill, but it looks as though you are back in full strength today. This site is progressing and good people are joining and sharing. I can only check in now and then but am hoping enough members will chime in to keep it alive and make it grow.
At 1:06am on July 30, 2009, Greg Heihn said…
Hey Ron. Went to your website and your show schedule was for 2006. Are you coming to MN anytime soon?
At 7:30pm on October 28, 2009, Pauline Ross said…
I just looked at your photography. Very beautiful. You don't have any east coast shore photos. There are several bird sanctuaries up and down the coastline you might consider. Also Chincoteague with the ponies. Sometimes the sunrise can be awesome as well as moonrises. It is very flat otherwise.
At 7:40pm on November 5, 2009, Pauline Ross said…
Think you are 550 million years too late to watch trilobites do ancient right of passage. lol Go for horseshoe crabs.
At 11:41am on April 14, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Ron Mellott a gift
Great to see back here, Ron!

You need to be a member of Art Fair Insiders to add comments!

Join Art Fair Insiders


Want to sell more online? Advertise with Reach over 60,000 fiber arts lovers.

Top 10 Reviewers on for January and February

Join the MasterMinds Group for personalized coaching on your Internet Lifestyle Business! 

60 Page Report - Best US Art Fairs

Click Here to
Learn More

© 2018   Created by Connie Mettler.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service