Indeed, most dealers looking at an artist's resumé want to see that evolution. "When I see a string of juried shows on a mid-career artists's resume, I have to ask, 'Where's the progression?" says a dealer I know.
But there has to be a good reason. Be choosy.
. Is it for a volume of contemporary art? A publication like New American Paintings is a good reason for even experienced artists to submit to the rigors of jurying
. Is it because there’s a juror (a museum curator or dealer) you really, really want to see your work and then meet at the opening? This is often the inducement for the summer co-op shows in New York City and other large cities. The downside: They're not likely to remember the work if they don't select it
. Will there be a full catalog? That's a plus if you're looking to build your bibliography. If it's a show with a history of producing good catalogs, even a mid-career artist who doesn't normally enter shows anymore might consider it
. Is it part of a larger event, such as a conference? Participating in a juried show gives you an opportunity to have your work viewed by your peers and to experience an event more fully. Go for it!
. Does it support an organization you're involved with? This is often the case for art centers, co-op galleries or other non-profits, which benefit from the entry fee. But be selective. Just as you're supporting the art center, you want that support to be reciprocal.
If you're still entering and exhibiting in juried shows:
. What do you get out of them?
. Have you sold work, been reviewed, or been invited to another opportunity as a result of a particular juried show?
. Did having a well-known juror result in anything beyond the specific show, such as an ongoing conversation or invitaton or other "next step" advances?
If you no longer enter juried shows:
. What made you decide to stop?
. Would you enter a relevant juried show if there were no entry fee?
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