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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 Tara Dalga on March 1, 2018 at 8:23pm

Well, I really do wonder now about my scores this year and in in previous years. I have never made it into the show but have once been on the wait list. This year I received 2 scores of 1 and a score of 2 and then 2 scores of 5. I wonder how it can be so all over the place. I did not know about the jurors having to justify their scores of one. While I do appreciate that the Krasl show tells you your score, this has convinced me to stop wasting my application money and I will no longer apply. There are plenty of other shows that I have been invited to participate in. What a disappointment! Tara Dalga

Comment by Kerri Norman on March 1, 2018 at 8:23pm

Jurying is always thorny. Every year, people are accepted to good shows that many of us with specific knowledge in that field would never accept. It's baffling and frustrating but that's how it is. Best to shake our heads, take a deep breath and keep going because there is an element of this business that is nothing but chance - chance at who is on the jury, chance at who else applies in your category that year, on and on. 

Comment by Larry Berman on March 1, 2018 at 8:44pm

Yes but what I'm referring to is that a score of 1 out of possible 7 shouldn't be so common, and from what I'm seeing there were a lot of 1's. If it was out of 3, or even out of 5 I could see it being justified. But out of 7 you have to wonder why they didn't give artists credit for creating art work that they didn't personally like.

Giving numbers to the artists doesn't mean much without juror comments, like St Louis or Art in the High Desert does.

Larry Berman

Comment by R. C. Fulwiler on March 2, 2018 at 9:08am

My score:  It might be helpfull to rate these jurors!

Jury Scores & Comments:

Round 1 (scoring: 1-7)

Juror 1
Score: 7 

Juror 2
Score: 1 

Juror 3
Score: 2 

Juror 4
Score: 6 

Juror 5
Score: 6 

Comment by Brenda Cline on March 2, 2018 at 9:48am

I did a discussion a while back on this website..calling for accountability from directors and judges. That in my opinion you either have a show already knowing who is in before the deadline to apply to a show OR the jury only deciding your life on personal taste and not on skill of your art.  Until we all join together and take action this will continue and continue. All of our money for jury fees will only be a second resource of funds to the coffer. I know not all art shows are like this but we need to call out the ones we are aware of.

Comment by Chris Fedderson on March 2, 2018 at 9:54am

Hello All,

I agree with Kerri... Shake head. Move on. It's hard though. This IS personal.

But remember, this is not like a class in school; teacher says, "Here's a bowl of fruit. Draw it. I want size, proportion, color, etc., all to be correct." and judges you on how you followed directions.  This is: "Draw something, anything, even make something up, and I'll judge you on how correct it is."  Only one way to do that... SUBjectively.

Shake head. Move on.

--Chris Fedderson

Comment by Steve Sawusch on March 2, 2018 at 9:58am
RC, I received scores like that from a show once (can't remember what show it was). It was a wtf moment and I said I wouldn't apply there again since the jurying was rediculous.
Comment by Jim Harris on March 2, 2018 at 10:26am

RC, my scores were basically the same as yours except I also got one 5. Blew my mind that 3 could score that high and the other 2 that low and it was the same 2 jurors (2 & 3).

Comment by R. C. Fulwiler on March 2, 2018 at 10:35am

That is what I'm after. Who are these jurors who torpedo an artists' chance to get into a show with scores like "1" & "2".  They must know those numbers will take that artist out of the running.  I hope they aren't show artists that have been invited to jury the show.  Possible competitors?

Comment by beth clark on March 2, 2018 at 10:38am

I also received a 5, then 1s & 2s. Was juried in last year (couldn't go, conflicting family event).  Bizarre. 

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