Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
In my recent post, I told the story of applying to an art show and having the director take it upon himself to switch my category. No one mentioned this in the follow-up comments and I am wondering what you all think of it?
Has it happened to you?
If it did, how would you feel?
Would you feel entitled to a refund?
Would you ask for it?
If you got no response would you be surprised? (When customers send me a payment I answer their missives).
If you missed it, here it is:
I recently sent a $25 jury fee to The Des Moines Arts Festival through Zapplication and went off on a road trip to do shows in Memphis and Pensacola. When I got home and caught-up on my email, I found one from Stephen King the director of The Des Moines Arts show. In it, he said he thought my digital photography should be moved from the photography category to the mixed media category. The email said if I agreed I should respond by a certain date. The date was long past. So, I thought, since I had not responded, at least my application would be juried in the right category. Right?
On my next visit to Zapp, I found my category had been changed to Mixed Media! Then I got an email from the show giving the statistics of the applications. In photography there were approximately 100 applications. In mixed media there were over 150. Needless to say, I recently got my “Dear John” letter from Mr. King.
What did I get for $25?
Back in November when I got Mr. Kings email, I replied that I thought he should put me back in the right category and that his email intimated I wouldn’t be switched without my permission. Recently, I emailed him asking for my jury fee back “ for cause”. I didn’t get a reply back then and I don’t expect I will now.
Update: Still haven't heard from Mr. King.