Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
We just did a great show in Springfield, IL this weekend, AN ART AFFAIR, organized and promoted by artist Ed Martin, who has considerable experience as a participant, and thus carried out the most wonderful show experience for the artists. I posted a review of the show. This is an up and coming show and I highly recommend it for next year. Finding a comfortable indoor show in April in Indiana and Illinois is wonderful!
On the other hand, I have applied for the 4th Street Art Fair in Bloomington, IN which is held in the first part of September. Years ago, while showing at a gem and mineral show in Bloomington, I was invited to apply, and periodically since then, I have applied. Never gotten in. So this year I upgraded my photos, and thought I'd give it another go. Last week I got an email from them inviting applicants to come down for their open jurying. I wrote back asking if they had a schedule of when which categories would be juried. I was flabbergasted when I got the response. They had 423 applicants this year, and proposed to give each applicant 15 seconds! They hoped, best case scenario to be finished in less than 2 hours!!!! My husband and I figured that they have about $10,000. in jury fees. I'm seriously ticked off at this diminuation of the jurying process. We work hard at our submissions, try to make good decisions as to what items to showcase for the jury, spend time and money to get the photos taken and pay the art fairs on average, $25. to look at the photos. I can hardly fathom trying to jury over 400 artists' entries in less than 2 hours. This kind of thing makes me feel sick. The process is so artitrary to begin with, and then we get this kind of situation. I probably won't try again for this show again since the possibility for being accepted is more like a gamble than an actual selection and I don't gamble with my business. Hopefully I'll get this upset out of my system with this blog and move on to being my usual placid self! Thanks for listening!