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Quite a few artists posted about their Krasl jury scores on some of the Facebook art show forums. I even received two phone calls from artists asking me to check to see if something was wrong with their images.

So many artists posted about receiving one or even two of the lowest possible score of a "1" out of "7" that it makes me wonder if the people doing the jurying knows what that means, or what instructions were given by the director.

Years ago I was interviewing a show director about how their jurying worked. I was told that any scores of 1 were required to be justified by the jurors. The reason for that was because a score of 1 meant that the artist was so unqualified that they shouldn't even be applying to a juried show, probably knowing nothing of the medium they were applying in.

Larry Berman

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Comment by R. C. Fulwiler on March 2, 2018 at 10:46am

These were the images that were judged.

Comment by Britt Hallowell on March 2, 2018 at 10:48am

Thanks jurors 1 and 2, you hosed me

Juror 1
Score: 2 

Juror 2
Score: 5 

Juror 3
Score: 1 

Juror 4
Score: 6 

Juror 5
Score: 7 

Comment by margaret luttrell on March 2, 2018 at 11:33am

I agree with R.C. This just sounds fishy and my scores were similar with the same jurors giving 1 and 2's and the other scores high.I guess it's one way to limit the show.... but it's a hell of a way to make artist's question themselves and the integrity of the show overall. Any of us that do shows are used to comes with the business but I have never seen a show so consistently be this uneven. Makes you wonder. BTW, congrats to all that got in....I would love to know what the secret bullet is....

Comment by Carol Larsen on March 2, 2018 at 1:25pm

Reminds me of when I taught fashion design and garment construction. I had some with fantastic ideas, but they had terrible construction skills. It was difficult to help them understand if you don’t have a good understanding and ability to construct a garment, the ability to draw pretty pictures is pretty much useless. I would get sick to my stomach grading them, knowing how upset they would be. But they were young and thought it was unnecessary. Evaluating other’s work is a skill within itself, and not everyone is skilled or knowledgeable enough to be able to do it. And unfortunately when they are in the position to judge, it can be very disappointing and devastating to the artist. Please keep in mind, the judge who gave a 1, may be in way over their head, and it’s really about them and not the artist, however the artist pays the price sadly. 

Comment by Mark Zirinsky on March 2, 2018 at 1:39pm

When I was just getting started 4 years ago (how the time flies by), I was jurying for a local gallery show. Well, jurying is perhaps too formal a word, making a presentation to the gallery members, who later voted on artists to include or exclude. All was going well, most liked my work, a few did not, until the business discussion came up, and I said that I expected to break even on sales vs gallery fees within 3 months, and start making money after 6 months. This was met by a universal cold silence, carrier air conditioners would have been proud; finally someone said, "we never do that. This is an outlet for some of us to show our work and have other people see it."

So, when the rejection came by email a few days later, I realized that I wanted to have my work somewhere it would actually sell; I did not want to be there for a social club.

So, if you do not get into a show, it can be for the best, just keep plugging along at it. And you are welcome to repeat this back to me when I start whining about twice being an alternate for Cherry Creek Summer.

Comment by Connie Mettler on March 2, 2018 at 1:49pm

That is a wonderful analogy, Carol. Thank you.

To me a 1 means that the person attempting to jury in to the show has no business really even considering that they have the quality needed for the event. This person has not only never attended this particular fair, nor more than likely never attended a quality event. Often you hear comments, "oh, I can do that." Or, "I think I'll buy a space here next year so I can show my work." What else it says to me is that they have made a few things that they love (and their friends) and they show those to the jury. The images are really bad, the backdrop is a brick wall, they are crocheted tea towels, badly made pots. The booth image may be a card table with a tablecloth on it set up in front of the garage. 

When,  as in Larry's example, a show such as The Guild explains why the person got a 1, it is usually done as a helpful tip on how to improve their chances for another day, or as a teachable moment.

From looking at the responses here, where I know the artists involved, I can understand why they are upset. 

At the recent Arts Festival Conference in Florida in a roundtable the show directors were asked how they scored their events. There was not talk of what a "1" or a "3" or a "7" meant to each show. Artists pretty much do know. Some shows just used "yes" or "no" for all the rounds. Some 1 to 5 (no 3's) others 1 to 7. 

Comment by Carol Larsen on March 2, 2018 at 2:02pm

I was surprised at ratings for several of the artists responding I consider tops in their field too. If there is not a viable rubric (which I believe is what this discussion is really about) in place that all jurors are basing their score on, then the scores are meaningless at most. And perhaps it is the artists themselves with the skills and knowledge of what constitutes excellent work should put one together to distribute or have available in Sunshine Artist, here and other related places for shows to be encouraged to use. This whole judging issue comes across as a difficult “unknown” that many artists are left in the “cold” trying to figure out why. Transparency and a known formula (rubric) would do wonders for both sides. 

Comment by Carol Larsen on March 2, 2018 at 2:05pm

Because, there are rubrics in place at the university level that are pretty standard, so why not develop the same here? It may be the beginning of a great thing for artists to strive for excellence rather than trying to painfully figure it out, it would help disseminate the true artist from the buy sell situations and so many other ongoing issues.

Comment by Linnea Lahlum on March 2, 2018 at 2:20pm

After having the experience of wildly varying scores last year, I did not apply this year. Scores at 1 and scores at 7, the rest in between. I had looked up scores for previous years too, and found the same phenomenon happening more often than not. Now I am DONE.

 In 2017 I had the same people giving me 1's last year that most people had. Which means that 2 jurors seemed to hate almost everything. 

As others say, I feel a score of one should mean unqualified to be in the competition. As if you fell on all your ice skating jumps. 

In which case, I asked myself...

Why had they agreed to jury the show? 

What were their expectations going in, that they disliked so much of the work so intensely?

Were they disappointed?

Are they academics, who don't understand the theory behind art fairs? 

Angry? "Hangry", and needed lunch? 

Just wanted to get it over with, and scored 1's as the quickest possible way of getting through all the submissions? 

Comment by margaret luttrell on March 2, 2018 at 2:41pm

It's kind of funny really, being a former high school teacher in the past I was asked numerous times to help with student art contests like National Scholastic and such. Where there always seemed to be one loud mouth that made every other juror question their credentials. I am hoping that Karsel just held up numbers and it was a singular choice with no interaction but if it wasn't and there were one or two really negative people involved- that could be the reason for such uneven scores. This, of course, is just conjecture but I have seen it happen multiple times so it makes me wonder.  I don't imagine we will ever know.... but maybe a post like this might get a show like Krazel to look at their juror selection a bit closer.                          


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