Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I'm glad Connie thinks my two blogs about Jury Fees were notable last month. But I'm still waiting for her answer to my direct question.
If you'll recall, Maureen Riley the Director of The Ann Arbor Original show chimed in on my blog "Jury Fee Revisited" with this statement:
"If the work is going to get into the show....it's going to get into the show regardless of the medium it's juried under. 3D mixed media and sculpture are two other mediums where the line is very blurry. Artists often call and ask where they should apply for better odds of getting in. My answer is always the same....it doesn't matter...if the work is going to be accepted, it's going to be accepted in either category."
"My intent was to assuage artist's concerns about the category designation, as I believe that it has little bearing on the outcome."
I asked Connie if she believed that, and I'm still waiting for an answer.
As yet, I haven't found anyone who believes the category you apply under has little to do with your chances of being accepted. Several years ago some very "straight" photography circumnavigated the category rules for Cherry Creek and some other premium shows and sneaked in under "Digital". Well I can tell you, the $--t hit the fan and they all rewrote the category definitions for the next year.
If it really doesn't matter, why the fuss?
UPDATE: After paying him $25 and sending 4 emails, I still haven't gotten a reply from Mr. King, the director of The Des Moines Art Show.