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Has anyone done the KRASL Art on the Bluff Festival?

I would love to talk with artists that have been accepted to the annual art festivl.  Two years running i have buffed up my booth, taken what i believed to be amazing photos, wrote precise descriptions, and bam, rejected.  In the body of the rejection email KRASL made it clear that people are rejected often several years running, and please try again.   It baffles me.  Granted i work in wearable fiber and wonder often if that is a limiting factor.  

They do invite artists to attend the jury process, which is refreshing and rare... sadly i live 5 hours drive from there, and could not break away to be there for the jury.  I also wonder if that is a limiting factor.

If you have done the event, can we chat either on this blog or via email?

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Comment by Larry Berman on March 9, 2016 at 9:53am

If I'm wrong, someone correct me, but word on the circuit is that it's "grandfathered". Very few spaces per medium are actually open for new artists.

Larry Berman

Comment by Sher Berman on March 9, 2016 at 9:55am

The first year I applied I was waitlisted #5 and never called. The next two years were straight rejects. Frustrating.

Comment by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on March 9, 2016 at 10:23am

Thanks Larry and Sher. Two years of rejection frustrated me, but then i got to thinking that it is either some behind the scenes arrangement such as the grandfathering issue, or more sinister : a way of raising revenue by collecting jury fees with no intention of accepting artists. yes, i think this one is off my list. Thanks again.

Comment by Connie Mettler on March 9, 2016 at 10:54am

Barbara, in year's past this show has had over 900 applications. They reinvite about 20% of the show, not sure exactly, but you can find that info is you "search" on this site, because it has been discussed. This is one of those very competitive events, with top numbers of applicants. The quality is very fine. I know your work is good too. A good friend of mine was the show director until just recently and I have been a juror at the show, as well as have attended it several times as I live a little closer (2 1/2 hours). 

Just keep upping your game, making great work, do all you can do to get into the best shows.

On another note, the time I was on the jury panel, another one of the jurors who has very interesting, good one of a kind ceramics, after looking at the entries asked my friend Sara Shambarger (the art fair director), if there was a place for him in the show. Amazingly (as I'd love to have him in any show I was running) she said the rules prohibited that as he had not gone through the jury. This is a very legit operation. Do not be thinking there is anything nefarious going on. No favoritism.

Comment by Robert Wallis on March 9, 2016 at 11:09pm

The chances of getting in the show are slim due to the high numbers of top quality applicants. Overall, I think it's around 1 out of 8. When you're ranked as high as they are, you'll draw the best applicants. I will attend next year's open jury if I expect to find out what the competition looks like. All I know so far is that my stuff doesn't even come close.

Comment by Kendra Bennett on March 11, 2016 at 11:15am
I really don't want to make anyone hate me here but this was my 1st year applying and I was accepted into the show. My letter said they had 960 applications.
Comment by margaret luttrell on March 11, 2016 at 12:24pm

Congrats Kendra.....4 years- 4 no's and I just can't seem to break through on this one either. Some just are like that....

Comment by Tim Niewiadomski on March 11, 2016 at 8:14pm

This will be my 2nd year for doing this show. I too had applied for 4-5 years before being accepted for the first time in 2015. Wonderful show to do and good crowds with good sales. This business can be very frustrating with trying to have consistent sales let along getting into top notch shows consistently. AS mentioned above, 960 applicants for very few spots is a hard nut to crack. Best of luck!

Comment by Matt Estrada on March 12, 2016 at 1:08pm

First time applying last year and was called off the waitlist. It ended up being a top 5 show for me in 2015.

I applied this year but was rejected. 

Comment by Diane Wright on March 14, 2016 at 11:35am
Kendra, congratulations. I do think one's art form also has something to do with it. I am a jeweler so there are a lot of applications in my area. I was rejected again. I like the fact that they send jury scores so I can see whether mine are going up with the pieces I use to jury with. I think the more unique your art form is the better your chance are as long as your work is top notch.

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