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what to do about juried shows

updated fri 13 feb 04


Russel Fouts on fri 13 feb 04


>> Juried Shows, and, the notion of the "Salon de Refuse""The Salon de
Refuse is a historic tradition, which was created by disgruntled French
artists whose artwork was not included in a juried exhibit. Works not
selected for juried shows are exhibited so the public can compare the
juried show to the "refuse" show. Often, these shows generate much
attention and sales, sometimes surpassing the "juried" works." <<

I sent this out to Clayart YEARS ago, guess I should send it out again. The
original was written by Paul Delvin. A craft photographer friend Steve
Meltzer merely changed it a bit to fit our purposes.

To: Show Jury
Any Show Or Fair
Outthere, USA

Dear Juror(s),

Having reviewed the many show rejections I have received in the last few
weeks, it is with great regret that I must inform you that I am unable to
accept your rejection at this time.

This year after applying to many shows and fairs I have received an
especially fine selection of rejections. Unfortunately the number of
rejections I can accept is limited by requirements of space and staffing.

I reviewed each of my rejections carefully and on an individual basis
before selecting those to reject. Many factors were taken in to account--
the condition of the returned slides the cost of the entry, quality of the
rejection notice, the typeface used, the overall design and the number of
words in the rejection notice.

I am sure that most shows I submitted entries to are more than qualified to
reject me. But given the large number of rejections I have received, I am
sure that some mistakes were made in my own jurying of some rejections. I
can only hope that they were few in number.

I am also aware of the keen disappointment my decision may bring to you--
the juror(s)-- and the show promoter. Throughout my deliberations, I have
had to keep in mind the time and effort, small though it may have been,
that it may have taken for you to reach your decision to reject me.

Keep in mind that due to the very high volume of rejections encountered
this year it was necessary for me to reject even those rejection letters
that would have normally met my high standards.

I appreciate your having enough interest in my application to accept my
entry and judging fees whilie rejecting my work. Let me wish you well in
what I am sure will be a successful event . Perhaps next year I will give
you another opportunity to submit a rejection noice to me.

Thank you

Feel free to use this version to send to shows.


Russel Fouts
Mes Potes & Mes Pots
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 223 02 75
Mobile: +32 476 55 38 75

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