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artiwu vol.2, DIGEST #28 (May 16, 2000)
1. The Juried Show Venue: Why Juried Shows?

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Subject: The Juried Show Venue: Why Juried Shows?
Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 10:39:38 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Laura A. Kesselring" <>

Part 1 in an approximately 12-Part Series


Watch this space for an upcoming series that I am writing called "The Juried Show Venue." There are a lot of "How-To" and advice articles out there on the reasons for and the process of entering juried art exhibitions. However, I have found that this information is sometimes irrelevant and unrealistic for the emerging artist. I have been entering juried shows for 3 years and have recently had some success. So, I decided to share the knowledge I have gained from experience in this area, so that if any of you are interested in pursuing this venue, you will know the real score.

I began entering juried competitions and exhibitions after graduation from Wesleyan, as a way of staying focused on artmaking. It also made me feel involved, like I was an active professional artist. I wasn't ready to seek gallery representation, but found that the unique requirements of juried shows would be perfect with what I had to work with. Even now, when my work has expanded in theme and quantity, I continue to enter juried shows.

Juried shows can be very beneficial to the emerging artist in that they provide the opportunity to exhibit your work and build up your resume without requiring you to be a full-time artist with a solid vision or a concrete style. Juried shows only want you to submit anywhere from 2-5 pieces, so if you only have a few "good" pieces under your belt, a show that you submit those to won't know there aren't any others (yet!). Also, if your work is not concentrated on one specific style/theme/color/medium, juried shows are a good venue for you because you can enter 3 small watercolors of flowers in one show, but also submit your coat-hanger sculpture of Mr. Potato Head to a completely different show.

Up Next: "Hunting for Initial Information" Coming Soon: "The Actual Submission Process" and "Pricing Your Art for Sale"
Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 23:24:12 -0500
From: Matt Maldre <>


"Alexander Calder in Focus"
March 18-June 25 at MCA
15 pieces of the mobile master

"Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American Culture"
April 8-June 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art
How aspects of American culture have served as subjects for contemporary artists.

"Maineri to Miro: The Regenstein Collection Since 1975"
April 22-July 16 at the Art Institute
Forty-six pieces from one of the foremost collections of master drawings in the United States.

"FOCUS: Olafur Eliasson,"
May 1-Aug. 12 at the Art Institute
The contemporary Icelandic artist will create a temporary site-specific piece of
elemental materials.

"Franz West"
May 11-June 25 at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
The Viennese artist present 14 large-scale painted plaster sculptures, collages and furniture.

"Cornelia Parker"
June 9-July 31 at the Arts Club
The British Turner prize nominee shows installations that use found objects and have a conceptual twist.

"Free Association: Photography Associates Fund Acquisitions, 1989-1999"
June 10-Nov. 5 at the Art Institute
Selections from additions to the permanent collection made by a key museum support group.

"Cameraless Wonders"
June 10-Nov. 5 at the Art Institute
Thirty modern and contemporary photograms from the museum's permanent collection.

"Optical Delusions"
June 17-Oct. 15 at the Art Institute
Works by photographers who use the medium to play tricks on the eye.

"Tobias Rehberger: Landscape Garden Sculpture"
July 1 through first frost. at the MCA
Tobias Rehberger will create a work for the MCA that will transform the front plaza and interior public spaces of the museum into a sculptural garden installation

"The American West: Out of Myth, Into Reality"
June 24-Sept. 17 at the Terra Museum of American Art
More than 100 works re-examined in the light of fresh and sometimes controversial scholarship.

"Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective"
July 22-Oct. 29 at the MCA
The most comprehensive survey of the minimalist's work in 20 years.

"Ellen Lanyon: The Riverwalk Gateway"
July 15-Sept. 10 at the Chicago
Cultural Center
An exhibition based on the former Chicagoan's public art project that tells the history of the Chicago River from 1673 to the present.

"Arthur Lerner: Paintings"
July 15-Sept. 10 at the Cultural Center
A recent series on mummified humans that reflects on the Mexican integration of life and death.

"Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen"
July 17-Sept. 24
at the Art Institute
More than 300 objects exploring the civic and cultural impact of the ancient city of Amarna.

"Painting Revolution: Kandinsky, Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde"
July 22-Oct. 8 at the Cultural Center
Eighty-five figurative and abstract paintings dating from 1907 to 1923, many shown for the first time in the United States.
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