Q: Are there themes or certain things in particular you will look for with this show?
A: I’ll look for a hard-to-quantify quality, the potential for a work to move the viewer in an emotional way. I am also looking forward to how the variety of artwork may reflect a spirit of the geographical region where it was made. I aim to include a variety of artistic approaches and media (if possible) in this exhibition, because I would like to draw an audience in something they are familiar with and know they like. Once drawn in, perhaps they will be surprised by or learn something new by experiencing the show.
Q: I have heard it said about art shows that it all depends on who the judge is and what he or she likes. What is your response to that?
A: Yes, I would agree with that in general. A show does depend on who a judge is, in as much as one’s experience and education certainly influence that person’s sensibilities. However, I do believe most jurors consciously step into a more objective stance for the task. They carefully consider the venue, and most importantly the audience for the work when making their choices.
Q: Is there any advice you can give to people who enter art shows?
A: Yes. 1.)Always present your work in its best light. If submitting through images, make sure that the photographs are taken well, and follow the submission directions. When submitting work itself, make sure that it is solidly constructed and any installation instructions are clear, and that frames complement the work.
2.) I would say that juried shows are a kind of visual “networking,” where you may find others with a similar affinity, and make connections that can lead to other exhibition opportunities.
3.) Keep entering shows — even if not awarded, the exposure can lead to unexpected rewards and opportunities. Jurors may also be looking for artists to include in future shows that they curate.