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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 Sohn on September 26, 2019 at 12:05pm

Ahhhh, competition for ZAPP, JAS, CAFE etc. 

So, for the jurying, it states they can relax at home and tend to it. Kindly explain how this works?

Comment by Julia Szabo on September 26, 2019 at 1:35pm

You are right Larry. We offer the same service and aim to be very approachable and responsive.

To your question: Jurying is done on Juror’s computer, not in a room with screens.  


Everything in our system is stored on cloud servers, accessible from anywhere with a login. You can sign up as a Juror or add that option when signing up as an Artist.


Promoters can find and invite Jurors from FestivalClick’s database or, if not there, send invite to your e-mail. Once Promoter chooses you as a Juror for their Festival, and open Jurying, you can start to jury on your computer in one sitting or stop and pick up later.  You will also see your progress in real time.  Very convenient.

We will post a Jury tutorial this weekend to show how it works. Feel free to message me if you have more questions.

Comment by Judy Christian on September 26, 2019 at 5:32pm

As you can see from this discussion:

I do not have knowledge and am skeptical of off site jurying as to how would it benefit the artists.

I believe it would make things easier for everyone else involved. 

I would be interested in any explanation you could provide on that.

Comment by Julia Szabo on September 26, 2019 at 7:06pm

Jurors have a standard that they adhere to and we need to trust them on that.

Here are the benefits of remote jurying for the Artists:

It can prevent Juror’s fatigue because they don’t need to sit in a room for hours to go through hundreds of pictures.

They may also be more authentic as there is no peer pressure onsite.

Promoters have a bigger Juror pool to choose from as there is no time or geographical constraint.

FestivalClick allows to designate different Jurors for each, some or all categories so they have the best qualifications for those categories.

Modern monitors are reliable for presenting crisp images. The most important thing is to have good photographs.



Comment by Larry Sohn on September 26, 2019 at 7:36pm

As an expert in photography as well as computer systems, I shall make a few comments.

1) viewing my jury images on their own, home computer monitor is a bad idea.

  A) Their monitors are most likely not calibrated to accurately display my artwork.

ie. I just went through trying to show a professional print shop how to calibrate their system so it did not show a photograph of a wall, which was in a light brown and grey, instead changing it to magenta. Making the photo look bad. Completely different due to incorrect calibration.

  B) Their systems are not secured as to security of my artwork.

Hence might be easy to be hack or compromised.

I want my jurying done in a controlled environment with controlled systems. 


  C) Your systems are not secured to guarantee the secure control and inability of dissemination of my artwork. 

If they are open to so many people, via network, I doubt they are all on VPNs.

You may choose to "trust them on that" but you are trusting them with OUR possessions.

What prevents said juror from having friends over to help them select the right artists? Maybe their 10 year old kids, advise them? 

I want my jurying done in a controlled environment with controlled systems. 

If I were unethical, I would apply to be a juror for your shows. I could then jury in all the photogs who would not be competition for me. And jury out all the photogs who might be too competitive for me.

Comment by Mary Strope on September 27, 2019 at 12:16pm

Hi Julia,

Best wishes and good luck.  

Mary Strope,

Chief Operating Officer

Juried Art Services

Comment by Judy Christian on September 27, 2019 at 9:11pm


I appreciate you taking the time to explain. And of course what you say is logical.

But I still see some problems with it.

Comment by Larry Berman on October 8, 2019 at 6:49am

I signed up to see about the image specification but I can't find a place to upload images. Maybe it's not ready yet. But you need to understand that jurying and acceptance to art shows is all about the images, not the words typed into the computer. Juried Art Services seems to understand this better than ZAPP. I've been a consultant to both systems and JAS seems to listen more. Let me kniw if I've missed anything about uploading images and image requirements.

Larry Berman

Comment by Julia Szabo on October 8, 2019 at 7:41pm

Hi Larry, you can upload images under the Resumes tab: either by uploading to Photo Library or direct into the Resume.

We use Filestack for image uploads that are stored on Amazon cloud servers. Filestack is a modern technology and is fully responsive to Juror’s screen sizes without losing quality. Pictures can be up to 5MB and we have no minimum pixel requirements. Artists can crop the images as they wish. Of course we also encourage to use the best quality pictures when applying.


We would love to have your feedback if you have time to chat in person.


Thank you,


Comment by Larry Berman on October 8, 2019 at 8:06pm

You can call me tomorrow and I'll go over it with you.

Like I pointed out, the most important part of a jury process for artists is their images. There needs to be a tab for images or image bank or portfolio or whatever you want to call it, but make it intuitive.

There is no such thing as scaling that doesn't loose resolution as long as the largest size possibly needed is what's uploaded. Enlarging jpegs pixelates them. Then you're not taking into account the horizontal vs. vertical problem. Artists with vertical artwork images are at a severe disadvantage without constraining horizontal images because all viewing devices are horizontal. If you stop and think about it they can only display the same size if the viewed size is no larger than the vertical height of the viewing device. I'm the one that created the zapp image format of 1920 with black borders so horizontals and verticals displayed exactly the same size.

JAS shows 700 pixel images to the jurors so all devices can see them without scrolling. ZAPP changed their monitor jurying size from 700 to 750 and all of a sudden they cut off the tops and bottoms of each vertical image. Instead of rolling it back to 700, they run a program that looks at your device viewing resolution and makes horizontal and vertical images display the same, in most cases under 700 so they didn't gain anything by changing image size.

Larry Berman


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