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updated tue 15 jul 03 on thu 23 jan 97

I know we went all through this subject last year and I sure learned a lot
from it. I was very successful with the juries I entered, passing all of
them last year with your kind help. Slides of my actual work aside, can
anyone tell me exactly what juries are looking for in the slide of my booth?
I have one slide that I sent last year of my booth which had been set up on
a loading dock inside and photographed so the dock did not show. I also
take photos of all of the booths I set up and wonder if one of these would be
good. What do they want?


Pelly in Rochester, NY on fri 24 jan 97

Your question, "What do juries want?" is a bit like Freud's famous
question, "What do women want?" Not really a helpful guide to a
relationship, but it keeps the tabloids busy!

Seriously, I understand your dilemma, but the problem behind thequestion
is that they all want something a little different - that's why we have

Juries are usually given Terms Of Reference by the organisers. These
should be available to the applicants as well. Within these TORs, juries
must excercise subjective judgement.

I have juried a number of events, from exhibitions, to markets, to awards.
In looking at booths in the context of slides of work as well, I think I look
for an honest, professional relationship between the work and its
display. Is there consistency of quality and conception? Does the booth
show the work at its best? I have seen some booths look dreadful, even
though each piece inside it is fine, because the pieces were conceived
independantly of one another and just do not look good together.

On the other hand, does the booth have a presence which overwhelms
the booths around it and somehow degrades the event as a whole? I
think it's worth remembering that show organisers want to consider the
best interests of the show over all, and that juries are there to be as fair
as possible to all applicants, and also to augment the identity of the show
so that it continues to attract the desired audience.

Indianapolis Art Center on fri 24 jan 97

> can
>anyone tell me exactly what juries are looking for in the slide of my booth?

I don't know about other juries, but at the Broad Ripple Art Fair we use the
booth slide to ensure that the display itself is attractive for the visitor
and in concert with the other booths, will present a good overall image for
the fair. We also use the booth slide as a double-check on the slides of
individual pieces: some artists will send slides of ultra-high-quality
pieces that attract jurors, but will bring shlock to sell. If the booth
slide (presumably more representative of what they will actually bring) does
not show these high-quality pieces we get suspicious.

Julia Muney Moore
Director of Exhibitions and Artist Services
Indianapolis Art Center

where the B.R.A.F. entries keep rolling in!! (snow has delayed the mail here)

Squeaky745 on fri 24 jan 97

Usually they are looking at just your overall set up, this helps with
placing an artist in the show. Also looking at the size of inventory &
variety, the slides of your work are nice but in no way can represent your
entire work. But when you can see an etire slide of your booth from other
shows they have an idea of your range of work.

Lily Krakowski on sun 13 jul 03

Stacey: I stopped entering shows many many years ago when the Rhinebeck
show refused some mugs of mine because they were "unhygienic". They were
fully glazed on the inside and about 1/3 down on the outside. A year or so
after that a mug--almost identically glazed-- won first prize at another
show. Since then of course mugs no longer are required to even be usableto
win space in shows, galleries etc.

Having said that: I do not "do" art. I do not "teach" art. When I have
judged a show (3 times in a long life) I have had exactly one criterion:
Is the thing technically sound? Period. Unlike, apparently, from what I
see in the magazines, many other jurors, off balance handles, pinholes, tiny
cracks where spout or handle are attached are unacceptable to me. They may
be beautiful, but it is with Beluga Caviar which Elca spoke of. Some
love--I hate it... Technique is not arguable.

I know you did not ask me , but let me add: I think the most important part
of a jury/juror/jurying is that the applicants know exactly what the
criteria are. I think what makes people feel so rotten about rejection is
not knowing why...If it is said up front that Clarissa Broadbeam cares
deeply about reduction glazes, and Malachi Nickelworth likes funky "erotic"
shapes and so on, then the people who apply know what to expect. If, on the
other hand, they ONLY know that Sybille Verdigris is world famous for her
porcellain egg coddlers, and Terence Waterloo won the prestigious Grand Prix
de la Salle de Bains for his Raku bidets (ouch! is right!) then they have
no way of knowing how these people judge!

Lili Krakowski
P.O. Box #1
Constableville, N.Y.
(315) 942-5916/ 397-2389

Be of good courage....

Lily Krakowski on sun 13 jul 03

There was in NYC a ceramic society decades and decades ago. You were juried
to get in and then each year the available space was divided amont all
members and everyone could exhibit.

I gather your group was not juried for membership, and now potters
considered inferior or infra-dig are a thorn in the side.

If I may add my small suggestions--having been a juror, having been a juried

1. Invite a Big Potter to jury the show. Make it clear to all that the
show is what High N. Mighty chose. Make it clear to all--including your PR
people that this show is what High N. Mighty liked. Something like having
Martha Stewart select the arrangements for a flower show.

2. Divide the shows from now on. Functional one year, funky the next. Or
affordable (for those Masses there was so much talk about last weeks) and
high end the next. Not the worst idea. It will give your members an
insight into what attracts viewers or not, what sells or not, and give
everyone exposure (remember the sunscreen)

3.Have two shows a year! Divide as above.

Lili Krakowski
P.O. Box #1
Constableville, N.Y.
(315) 942-5916/ 397-2389

Be of good courage....

stacey ballard on sun 13 jul 03

Thanks Lily,

If you wouldn't mind me asking, since you have been a juror. What kind of criteria do you use for choosing pieces? Is there a list of rules or ideas that most jurors go by?

Thank again for your help,

Stacey Ballard

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