Juried Art ShowsPosted: September 3, 2010
Although I have participated and done quite well in a number of craft fairs (back when I sold my hand-made jewelry and paintings), I’ve never done an actual art show before. I feel like I’m at a place in my work where I’m willing to put myself out there and apply to some juried art shows. These are shows that have to select you to participate; you can’t just write a check and get a booth space, like you can in a typical arts and crafts fair. There are two somewhat large shows in the Southeast that I’m thinking about right now. I don’t want to mention any names yet since it’s still a somewhat nebulous idea floating about in my head, but I’m excited at the possibility, while at the same time, realizing that my chances of getting in are likely small. I applied to a local juried show a few years ago with some collage work and was rejected; even though you expect it in many ways, it still hurts and it’s difficult to not let that rejection wound you in some way. Still, you never know until you put yourself out there, right? I feel as though I need to seize these opportunities as they come along and not be timid!
I think I’m going to spend part of this long weekend picking out my three best images to submit to these shows. I have so many good ones to choose from (wow, that sounds snobby, doesn’t it?), that I think it might take some time.
I hope everyone out there has a nice Labor Day weekend!