Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Several artist friends and I are dedicated to modifying the jury system as we know it. We are emailing every show that rejects us and asking for our score and how it relates to the acceptance score and the waitlist score. We explain that this information is essential for our growth in this business and besides, we paid for it..
The result has been mixed. Some have embraced the concept and some have been completely pig-headed. The most recent response was from a show I've done many times over the years and always have rated as a top show. It is also held in my hometown of Milwaukee, WI.
I was rejected for the third year in a row and inquired about my score and my category. The return email blew me away! I'm sure it revealed more than the respondent intended.
It started off with a completely ridicules statement. It said the scores were confidential. Confidential? From me? I paid to be juried. The score only applies to me. Who are you protecting here? The rest was all designed to assuage me and get me to apply again next year. Then, in answer to my question about my category he dropped the bomb. I had entered in the Digital category. He said 2 artists from last year were re-invited and there were 22 applicants in my category. Of the 22 applicants ... wait for it ... 1 was accepted. There will be 3 Digital artist in this year's show!
I don't know about you, but something doesn't seem quite right here.