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Allow us to introduce ourselves - Application Management for Artists, Promoters and Jurors

Hi all, just wanted to introduce ourselves: I am Julia Szabo with FestivalClick.  We offer a fresh solution for applying to Art Festivals and managing those applications. We care about the Art Festival community and really want to make everyone successful. We have a small development team and I am one of the co-founders.


In addition to being an Artist (a Crafter really), I volunteer and attend many Art Festivals here in N. California. ArtFairInsiders has been a great resource while developing our software (I pretty much read most your posts and comments).


Please check out our website and register.  We welcome your feedback and promise that we will always listen and get back to you. My e-mail is Hope to meet you online or in person.

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Comment by Larry Berman on October 8, 2019 at 8:46pm

Finally found where to upload an image but it was asking for too much information before it let me upload it. But now I can't find it. And after it uploaded it only showed me a partial image cutting off the bottom half until I clicked and enlarged it.

Years ago I had an argument with slideroom because they only showed a horizontal crop of vertical images in preview, making it next to impossible to choose a set for jurying. They eventually changed the system to show the entire image in the preview.

You need to create a profile on zapp and on jas and upload images and apply to a show on each system (without completing the application) so you can see how simple it is to manage the images and insert them into an application.

Any new system needs to be at least as simple to survive.

Larry Berman

Comment by Julia Szabo on October 10, 2019 at 6:20pm

Hi Larry,

Thank you so much for your feedback.

The image upload is under the Resume tab in Photo Library.  In Resume view you can preview  images exactly how the Jury will see under "Jury's View".  

The other systems are requiring 1400 pixels or 1400X4000 pixels but no minimum size, just under 5MB. Therefore unless Artists upload a larger size, the image can still be pixelated.

We do not limit image sizes but encourage Artists to upload the largest and best quality images, under 5MB.

Our approach is different as we offer Artists to created Resumes for different type of Festivals or mediums, and those Resumes will populate the application with editable fields. So Artists will not have to fill out each Applications over and over again. That will save a lot of time and be very beneficial to them.


Thank you,

Julia Szabo

Comment by Larry Berman on October 10, 2019 at 6:54pm

Not true about the other systems image size. JAS requires 2000 so the shows have images that can be used for publicity. They left the 1400 there at my request because for the first 5 or so years that was the size they asked for, and then reduced the images to 700 to show the jurors. The shows complained that the 1400 was too small so they changed it to 2000. The only reason it says 1400 is because I prepared images for thousands of artists initially and if the system ever crashed they would have to upload the 1400 pixel images I created for them. The 4000 is for a different purpose all together. They have a contract with a book publisher that requires 4000 pixel images for their publications.

ZAPP says 1400 for some reason beyond comprehension. If artists upload 1400 pixel images zapp will add a 520 pixel black border making their jury images almost 1/3 smaller than their competition.

If you can't guaranty that verticals will display exactly the same size as horizontals your system will fail or not even get off the ground. For artists, it's about the images not what you're providing as the rest of the system. Their jury images can get them accepted or rejected from shows and could prevent them from earning a living if not displayed properly.

I was mentioning slideroom. I was applying to a photography competition at the Phila Museum of Art and they were using slideroom. I had a new body of work that were all verticals but when I saw the preview, I deleted my application and called them. They told me that they had heard from a number of photographers that weren't going to apply because their vertical images were at a disadvantage and they wouldn't be using slideroom again.

I'm still open to giving you feedback but you'll have to make sure the images are displayed fairly or we're both wasting time.

Larry Berman


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