Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Juried Shows are a Crap Shoot

Guests looking at Grey Area©
The Florida Museum for Women Artists opening went great on Friday. I visited with old and new friends alike, always a good thing.

As I mentioned before, it was a juried show, which is always such a crap shoot. I know quite a few women that were not juried in and their work is FANTASTIC. So why didn’t they make it in?

One has to wonder. It is a question I have had to ask myself when I didn’t get in a show. Was it the work? Was it the venue? Was it me? Was it all of the above?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Which is why I have recently starting reading books, blogs, and attending talks and workshops on art marketing. And it has helped me. Not necessarily by getting into a specific show, but by educating me for the long haul. Again, always a good thing.

So I want to share some of my favorites with you. Feel free to pass along your favorites too as I am always open to educational stuff.

I read Copy Blogger and ArtBiz Blog  on a regular basis as they cover tons of pertinant info on marketing.   ArtBiz addressed the jurying subject specifically back in June.

Also, I recently I attended a workshop by Alyson B Stanfield of ArtBizBlog in Jacksonville, which was great.  If you haven’t read her book, I’d Rather Be in the Studio, I would highly recommend it.

Good stuff, all of it.

And that, my friends brings me to what I am thankful for on this day before Thanksgiving:

to be able to pursue my passion, and continue to grow while doing so, surrounded by loving family and friends, even if at times it is a crap shoot.

I wish you the best of luck in the shows you enter!  May they all be "yeses."

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Martha Marshall said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Kim!

I know, juried shows definitely are a crap shoot and don't always reflect the artistic merit of all applicants. I guess they are a necessary evil, though.

Hope the opening went well. Sorry I couldn't be there.

Alyson B. Stanfield said...

Kim: What a lovely post. Thank you for sharing your gratitude and for coming to my workshop. My heart is full from meeting people like you!