Now that you have access to the Call for Entries and know where to get them, I'm going to give you my 3 Big Rules for getting into juried shows.
Carol's 3 Big Rules for getting into juried shows are:
- Fit the theme
- Gauge the aesthetic
- Follow the rules
Allow me to explain.
Rule #1-Fit the theme. Let's look at an example. The wonderful Studio 2 Gallery in Austin has a new call for entries on its website. The show is called "Matinee Mania" and here is the intended theme as provided by the gallery:
"Growing up, and even today, which movie did you hold your breath for until you could see the weekend matinee? To enter a world that swept you away and stayed with you so strong you had to watch it over and over (and over)? Did you jump, scream, laugh, cry, grab someone's hand or cover your eyes? Feature artist, Robert Cook, starts our tribute to the matinee genre with monsters, creatures and icons of horror. Share with us the bits of flicker that have stuck to your brain."So, the theme for this show is very clear-it's going to be all artwork based upon movies-anything with a cinematic flair to it will fit the theme.
Some shows have a more "open" theme and sometimes it's hard to figure out what the theme is, the meaning is left more as an interpretation to the artist. My general rule of thumb is that, if the theme is open I will submit something I think fits their aesthetic. If the theme is clear, I make sure my work really fits the stated theme.
Look for additional posts on "the rules" to follow and, until then, good luck with your show entries.
Until next time...