Noticed posters around town promoting local art shows and exhibitions? Have you wondered what these are all about?
Art shows are a great way for art to meet an audience, according to Wikipedia. Art shows typically take place in a community venue, a gallery, or even outside festival. A specific organization, gallery, or individual sponsors these shows. Local art shows are a fabulous way to support emerging artists and establish your art collection.
How does the art appear? Upon securing a location, the sponsor sends out a “Call for Entry” to artists to submit their work for the upcoming show, often months in advance. Artists respond by submitting digital images of their work, an application, possibly a small fee, and, at times, a resume and an artist statement.
Juried vs. Unjuried? A juried exhibition implies an appointed judge (often a well known artist, critic, or curator) selects, from hundreds of submitted images, his or her favorite pieces and creates a cohesive show based on the criteria and/or theme from the “Call for Entry.” When the show is hung, the judge then awards first, second, third places, and possibly some honorable mentions. The awards can either be general or be judged by category, such as still life, animals, landscape, abstract. Therefore, if an exhibition does not specify that is is juried, then there is no filter process and any works submitted can be displayed.
My Plug: This coming Labor Day weekend (Aug 30 – Sept 1, 2014) there is a fabulous art show, “Paint The Town,” at The Kensington Armory. Besides displaying high quality artwork, this show is unique because each artist participating is required to enter one painting based on the Town of Kensington, MD. Per my love of delectable, gooey sweets, my entry this year (“Satisfying a Craving,” 2014. Oil on canvas, 24×36) was inspired by Jenny Cakes Bakery’s carrot cake cupcake! Feast your eyes, no calories there!