Monday, June 01, 2009

Juror

Today, I am going to jury the New Braunfels Art League's show "People and Places."
I've never done this before, but I am excited to have the chance. Its a big responsibility I think. Having exhibited in a number of juried shows, and having not even been juried into many more, it will give me a taste for what a juror goes through in making decisions on the merit of the work entered. I know its all very subjective, so when my work is not chosen, I have learned not to take it personally. I can just accept that my work was not pleasing to that particular person/s. Sometimes its a matter of subject, or execution, and sometimes its not a great painting and somehow flawed. But entering shows and being accepted to exhibit and possibly winning an award is good exercise for an artist. Both for the bullet points on your resume, as well as for the feedback you do get.

I went to the Salon International show awards dinner so that I could hear Daniel Greene talk about the winners and what he saw. All the work was amazing, but I would have made different choices for the award winners. It all boils down to personal experience and tastes. That is the beauty of art though, it means something different to each person experiencing it and to the creator. So, never give up expressing yourself.

4 comments:

LSaeta said...

How exciting! I do hope that you will share with us the experience and what it was like making your selections. I can't imagine!

Marian Fortunati said...

Amazing Robin...
I know that you take this honor very seriously and that you will do a great job.
I have often wondered how any juror chooses awardees, etc.
My guess is that even using the same juror and the same set of paintings, on different weeks I bet there would be some slight differences in the choices.

Dale Sherman Blodget said...

Enjoy the jurying. I'd like to hear about it after. Nice post. Thanks for the reminder re: differences.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

This was great to read, and I wanted to thank you for sharing your feelings about juried shows! I know you did a good job!

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