Or I could call it the year I let my gambling addiction go unchecked.
Last year, I played a game I invented which I called the Year of the Show.
Here are the rules.
If I have work available and it is a good show, I must apply. Where do I find these shows? Here is a list of websites I check out on a regular basis.
I know there are more websites out there, but I’ve got to draw the line somewhere. These five sites keep me plenty busy.
I must research the show/gallery/organization to make sure the venue is attractive and the organizers are with it. I am always amazed and suspicious when a gallery does not show actual pictures of their space. I want to know that it looks good. This can be hard to do from Anchorage, Alaska.
The entry fees are $35.00 or less for three entries. Okay, I sometimes bend the rules here. If there is a good show that charges only $25.00 for the application fee then I feel okay about entering another show that charges $40.00 for the fee.
There are no extra shipping charges. Because I live in Alaska, my shipping costs are very high. Shows that require you to ship by a certain carrier and/or pay handing fees for a shipping company to pack and unpack your work are too expensive for me. My costs to ship one piece can easily move into the hundred dollar range when this happens.
The show must accept the type of work I am doing. If they say they accept mixed media or fiber, I know I am good. This means I entered Fine Craft Shows, Fiber Shows, Art Quilt Shows, and Fine Art Shows.
These are the quilts jurors selected for shows.
I entered two fine craft shows and was rejected by both. I am frequently rejected by fine craft shows. I do not know why. Because my craft is fine.
I entered seven fiber shows and was accepted by six. I like those odds. Two of these shows were huge moves in my career–the opportunity to show my work at the Bellevue Arts Museum in the Biennial High Fiber Diet, and to be one of the featured artists for the Surface Design Associations Conference this June in San Antonio.
I entered ten Art Quilt Shows, and I was accepted by six. Why? I don’t know.
I entered 23 Fine Art Shows. I had 17 pieces accepted by twelve shows. That is a better than fifty percent acceptance rate. Not bad for someone who makes patchwork quilts out of plain old cotton. AND oddly enough it is about the same acceptance rate I had entering Art Quilt Shows.
Here are the final numbers-
Craft 2 shows 2 rejections
Fiber 7 shows 6 acceptances 1 rejection
Art Quilt 10 shows 6 acceptances 4 rejections
Fine Art 23 shows 12 acceptances 11 rejections
That’s 42 shows 18 rejections and 24 Acceptances.
What is the take away? I will tell you tomorrow.
If you like this post, you might want to check out these other posts that are also about entering juried shows.
Juried Shows the Process–My old school methods for applying for art opportunities.
A Gambler’s Story–The numbers on acceptances and rejections for my earlier years.
More Talk about Shows –I obviously can’t stop talking about shows.
Show Your Work–This is a list of shows I have entered in the past.