2009 is off with a steady stream of rejections for me, so I’ve been thinking about the lack of transparency for artists into the results of juried exhibits. Many organizations that hold juried exhibits only provide artists with a “yes” or “no”. Period.
Why are artists OK with this? Should we demand more transparency? How about stats on how many artists/images were entered and selected? How about details on what stage of jurying my art made it to… or the actual scores? How about ALWAYS publishing who the jurors even are? Is it valid to expect more information or am I just a whiner because I’m getting rejected?
Am I really OK with just sending images of my art off into a jury black hole? If I think about it more, how do I even really know my art was looked at?
Is this an ethical question? Do artists deserve to receive feedback when we’ve paid to have our art reviewed for a specific exhibit?
In this age of “transparency”, is this just a transparency question? Should artists (and the public) be able to learn more about what those jurers did and how artists faired throughout the process? So many questions…
I’d really like to hear thoughts from other artists on this.
Here are three recent examples of mine – and if anyone has more details on these particular events, then please comment and share with us all!
Cherry Creek Arts Festival ($35 app fee): I’ve applied 4 times in the past 5 years and always get a “not selected”. No other information is provided. How about providing me with my scores?
Colorado Art Ranch – Trinidad Spring Residency ($30 app fee): I’ve applied for 3 Colorado Art Ranch Residencies in the past few years and this year was informed that “once again” I was not selected. No additional information is provided. How about stats on how many artists applied and some type of feedback on scores?
Colorado Art Open, Foothills Art Center – Golden, CO ($30 app fee): I applied this year and received a “reject”. Juror names were published and a few stats provided in an email – how about scoring results? Also, how about details on how this exhibit is juried (images on a PC or projected)?